n.1.A female deliverer.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The sea is simultaneously and variously lover, mother, teacher, "hissing" threat, and deliveress. While the sea serves as catalyst for knowledge and maturation, once the boy realizes his calling as poet, singer of loss and sorrow, he must strike out and move beyond sheer emotional response to become the voice of healing and solace.
"Come lovely and soothing death," the prayer begins, and proceeds to celebrate death as the great equalizer and unifier, a "[d]ark mother" and "strong deliveress" who, like the star, lilac, and bird in their recurring appearances, will affirm life rather than interrupt or terminate it (14.28-9).