Hour

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GCSE English Literature - Poems Mind Map on Hour, created by ashleighwigley on 05/13/2013.
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Hour
1 known for poems that give a voice to the dispossessed (people excluded from society); she encourages the reader to put themselves in the shoes of people they might normally dismiss.
2 Subject
2.1 About feeling that arise when spending time with loved ones
2.2 Being with a loved one, even for an hour is precious
2.3 Presents traditional idea of time being an obstacle to lovers
3 Structure
3.1 Sonnet - 14 lines
3.2 Predicable rhyme scheme (a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d-e-f-e-f-g-g)
4 Language
4.1 Reference to money and riches, contrasting concept of material wealth against love and time spent with loved ones
4.2 Line 3 puns on the word "spend" theme love and money
4.3 "We find an hour together, spend it not on flowers Or wine, but the whole of the summer sky and a grass ditch."
4.3.1 Replaced "flowers" and "wine" for a "whole of the summer sky" and "grass ditch"
4.3.2 Rich in meaning, loving couple lying down together and looking up
4.4 Time is important "For thousands of seconds we kiss" - excess "thousands" limited by available time, shows how precious time is to the writer. Seen as a 'treasure' to be carefully counted.
4.5 "Time slows, for here/we are millionaires, backhanding the night" time is frozen. the hour spent together has given a sense of power, they can bribe the darkness to hold back, immense joy and wealth
4.6 Contrast between traditional romantic and ordinary "flowers" and "grass ditch", "gold" and "straw" emphasise the romance of the lovers time together
4.6.1 Traditional romance unimportant compared to personal experience
4.7 Frequent reference to images of light. E.g. "Bright", "summer sky", "Midas light", "shining hour", "candle", "chandelier or spotlight"
4.8 "now" right now, only thing that is important
5 Attitudes, themes and ideas
5.1 Love versus time "Time hates love"
5.2 "love spins gold, gold, gold from straw" - Rumpelstiltskin
5.3 Love can find riches in anything, straw or a grass ditch
5.4 Enjoying intimacy in the moment rather about thinking of other things
5.5 Material possessions cannot replace something as special as time with loved ones
6 Compare
6.1 Sonnet 116
6.2 To His Coy Mistress
6.3 In Paris With You
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