Testing Reality, by Tony Harrison talks about the difficulty a child has to accept his mother’s death and the importance of a mother in a child’s life. The themes in the poem are death and the feeling of abandonment. The young character is affected by the unfortunate event. He feels very affected by his mother’s death and is has a great impact upon his life. The main purpose of this poem is for the character to express his feelings of his mother’s passing. These two themes are shown with techniques such as the tone, the alliterations, allegories, the symbols and the rhythm in it. With the use of these methods the poet expresses the sadness and hard times in his life after his mother left him. Throughout the poem, the poet suggests that a mother is essential in a child’s life.