Mind Map by tsungaixo, updated more than 1 year ago
Created by tsungaixo over 6 years ago


Poem analysis

Resource summary

    1. She looks at future he looks at present.
      1. Imagery happens to living things
        1. Wound represents change in relationship (He) Can heal in time like our relationship (She) Permanent reminder of scar from wound.
          1. Hair -
            1. (He) Cutting hair, feeling different but it grows back like their love
              1. (She) Cutting hair, grows back but slowly. Changes occur//like relationship
              2. Raging storm
                1. Represents aggression//anger from argument? Damaging of love but storm passes and love returns
                  1. (She) Storm still leaves damage. Love is damaged.
                    1. Tree
                      1. Forever dead. Just like their love.
                  2. LAYOUT
                    1. Read in 2 ways
                      1. Reading Down
                        1. Less contrast
                          1. Doesn't sound like argument
                          2. Reading across
                            1. She says opposite to He.
                              1. Each column shows opposite of argument
                        2. LANGUAGE
                          1. Uses 'he said' 'she said'
                            1. more personal to writer
                              1. In the past
                            2. TECHNIQUES
                              1. Caesura's
                                1. Turning points in relationship
                                2. Enjambment
                                  1. Continuation, slow process of love
                                3. Overall
                                  1. He wants to mend relationship
                                    1. She doesn't want to mend relationship
                                    2. He is an optimist
                                      1. She is a pesismist
                                      2. KISSING
                                        1. LAYOUT
                                          1. 2 sections
                                            1. Young people
                                              1. Middle aged people
                                              2. No rhyming scheme.
                                              3. IMAGERY
                                                1. Young people Stanza 1
                                                  1. Riverbank - journey of the young couple
                                                    1. Pretending to be looking at waterlilies - floating above water - young love is free - Absorbed in themselves
                                                      1. Nest of some kind - Start of a new life - New relationship
                                                        1. Mouth to mouth - kissing bringing life
                                                          1. Thier River - Their own course, own little world
                                                            1. Clamped together
                                                              1. Selfish love
                                                                1. Metaphor for strength in love
                                                              2. Courteous Detours - Politely averting eyes, leaving them with their privacy
                                                              3. Middle ages people Stanza 2
                                                                1. Back of taxis, privacy from everyone else, not in public
                                                                  1. Mouths and tongues, sense of disgust, more intimate relationship
                                                                    1. Soft and powerful and as moist as ever, contrasting soft with moist and powerful, soft - women, powerful - men
                                                                      1. Drawing attention to love. Kissing for life. Still the same passion as teenagers
                                                                      2. Locked so tightly, Can be undone with a key, not as permanent as young peoples clamped.
                                                                        1. Together that it hurts, Sense of pain from 2 people brings them together.
                                                                          1. Leaves marks, physical and emotional marks
                                                                            1. Airports and Taxis, saying goodbye, going towards an end
                                                                              1. They too may have futures, May - not definite. Could die soon making most of time left
                                                                                1. Not in inside each others clothes (because of the driver), Extra info, humourous - sense of control
                                                                              2. OVERALL
                                                                                1. Older people are consious about their surroudings and are more rushed.
                                                                                  1. Old people are still very intimate, also clamp together
                                                                                  2. Younger people have a future
                                                                                    1. They have all the time in the world
                                                                                  3. ONE FLESH
                                                                                    1. Stanza 1
                                                                                      1. Seperate beds
                                                                                        1. No longer loving anymore, marriage drawn apart. gap between bed.
                                                                                        2. He with a book, keeping light on late
                                                                                          1. light on in hope of intimacy
                                                                                            1. The book he holds unread
                                                                                              1. Not concentrating on book, secretly wants his wife, doesnt want to express it
                                                                                                1. Religious - book is a bible, being unfaithful by not reading
                                                                                              2. She like a girl dreaming of childhood
                                                                                                1. kithinng about her prince charming, fantasising about relationship
                                                                                                2. Her eyes fixed on the shadows overhead
                                                                                                  1. Shadows - darkness and mystery. of what relationship will turn out to be
                                                                                                    1. Fixed - Mind preoccupied on other thoughts
                                                                                                    2. All men elsewhere
                                                                                                      1. everyone else is ignored. waiting for something to relight the spark in relationship
                                                                                                    3. Stanza 2
                                                                                                      1. Tossed up like flotsam
                                                                                                        1. Relationship is a wreckage, feelings tossed (sense of not caring)
                                                                                                          1. Imagery of beds floating away. Not trying to stop it
                                                                                                            1. Movement of drifting away
                                                                                                          2. How cool they lie
                                                                                                            1. Being cold in a physical sense - not together
                                                                                                              1. Lying to each other - they really want to be together
                                                                                                              2. They hardly ever touch
                                                                                                                1. Releasing what they are holding back
                                                                                                                2. Chastity faces them, a destination for which their whole lives were a preparation
                                                                                                                  1. Not having sex. Preparing for this moment, they knew their love would fade away
                                                                                                                3. Stanza 3
                                                                                                                  1. Strangely apart, yet strangely close together
                                                                                                                    1. Metaphorically apart. They want to be together but they each don't want to be first ones to aproach
                                                                                                                    2. Silence between them is like a thread to hold
                                                                                                                      1. Thread is very delicate. Their silence can easily be broken but they dont want to break it
                                                                                                                      2. And time itself's a feather
                                                                                                                        1. Feathers are very delicate but people don't take notice - always scattered on floor by birds. Their time is fading they just dont realise
                                                                                                                        2. Whose fire from which i came, has now grown cold
                                                                                                                          1. Their love did used to have a spark but this faded away.
                                                                                                                            1. Coldness is relationship might be permanent because time is fading slowly
                                                                                                                          2. SONG FOR LAST YEAR'S WIFE.
                                                                                                                            1. Language
                                                                                                                              1. Semanitc fields of winter, frozen and cold. Winter for him is a negative reflection and he has no one
                                                                                                                              2. Structure
                                                                                                                                1. Use of enjambment has a message. First line. Before line brakes, its a start of a new life without Alice.
                                                                                                                                2. Dramatic monologue. 25 lines from one reader. No rhyme scheme showing confusion and that there is no rhythm in his life.
                                                                                                                                  1. Imagery - Winter and Isolation. Hardness and loneliness he feels.
                                                                                                                                    1. I send out my spies to discover what you are doing
                                                                                                                                      1. Hint of obbsession, Alice might have moved on but he is still watching over her.
                                                                                                                                        1. Spies suggests that he still watches over his ex wife.
                                                                                                                                          1. as warm and inviting as when they knew you first...
                                                                                                                                            1. ellipsis might suggest that he doesnt like what the spies have said and he doesnt like the idea of Alice being happy without him
                                                                                                                                          2. same empty gardens exist
                                                                                                                                            1. Connotate his feelings of empitness from not being with Alice.
                                                                                                                                            2. Repetition of you suggests speakers longing for 'Alice'
                                                                                                                                              1. Short sentences might be because of anger
                                                                                                                                                1. PITY ME NOT BECAUSE THE LIGHT OF DAY
                                                                                                                                                  1. Sonnet is tradtionally about love. Use of Iamic and strict rhyme gives poem rhythm and makes love seem natual
                                                                                                                                                    1. Pity me not - suggests strength and determination
                                                                                                                                                      1. Pity me - changes tone of poem - wanfs pity
                                                                                                                                                      2. Cyclical forces of nature
                                                                                                                                                        1. 04/01/07
                                                                                                                                                    2. LINES TO MY GRANDFATHERS
                                                                                                                                                      1. Structure - Poem split into 4 parts - Wilkinson , Harrison, Horner and all grandfathers
                                                                                                                                                        1. Wilkinson - Farmer. Ploughed parallel as print - suggests that he left lines in history and there is a story there.
                                                                                                                                                          1. Harrison - Publican. Unfavourable light. Self loving - sarcastic tone. Job got him into trouble, but he may have been a heavy drinker. 'Knuckled duster' and 'just in case' might mean he needed protection.
                                                                                                                                                            1. Horner - Called 'Grampa' sense of closeness compared to the rest. 'He cobbled all our boots' suggsts that he was caring and loved. Might have been quite violent 'pulp and sqaushed it falt'
                                                                                                                                                              1. Follows a strict rhyme which suggests that his Grandfathers were looked up to and provided order.
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