04/01/07 by Ian McMillan Analysis

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  • 04/01/07 by Ian McMillan
    • Stanza 2
      • Telephone call makes her death official even though he already knew
      • He wanted to keep it in the dark
      • Milk float and plane mirrors how he feels
      • Self knowledge
        • My brother's voice that sounds like mine gives me the news I already knew
      • Senses are all blurred
      • Outside a milk float clinks and shines and a lit plane drones in the night's dark blue
        • Light/dark
          • Light in the darkness
            • Milk float in dark
        • Visual imagery and sound
    • Stanza 4
      • Tragic circle
      • Just a phrase
      • Reborn again but without his mum
        • All on his own
      • The stream dried up
        • Stream of tears?
        • Stream of life?
        • Finally acknowledged her death
      • The smashed glass clear
        • Has the glass been cleared?
          • Closure?
        • Is the glass clear?
          • Clear view of the situation now
    • Stanza 1
      • Describing the shock
      • Feeling her passing
      • He moves from darkness to light
      • She moves from light to darkness
      • He uses metaphors for her death
        • It hasn't sunk in properly yet
      • The telephone shatters the night's dark blue
        • Shatters
          • Sounds harsh
          • Present tense
            • Happening now
          • Sudden
        • Dark glass
          • Portrays fragility of his mother
          • Kept in the dark
            • Not aware of someting
            • In denial
          • Cloaking reality
          • In a glass box
            • Waking up
          • Barrier
      • I'm suddenly awake in the new year air
        • Telephone wakes him up
        • Suddenly aware of the realities
          • Aware of his mothers death
        • New year air = ironic
          • re-birth
      • And in the moment it takes a life to pass
        • Feels the ghost of his mother
          • He knew
    • Stanza 3
      • Moves to feeling rather than general
      • The face registers emotion
        • He has to be slapped by the tears first, before he knows how he feels
      • Purgatory
        • State between heaven and hell
      • And I feel the tears slap my torn face
        • Violent/ personal
          • Being slapped can be embaressing
            • Shock
            • Slap people to wake them up
              • Back to reality
        • Torn face = stressful
          • been scratching face
            • Torture?
              • Back to reality
          • Violent
          • Torn emotions
            • Doesn't know how to feel
              • Relieved it's all over?
          • Agony is leaving marks
      • The light clicks on. I rub my eyes.
        • Awareness clicks in
        • Make things clearer
        • Rub eyes in disbelief
      • I'm trapped inside that empty space you float in when your mother dies
        • Empty space inside him
          • Can't go to his mum like he'd normally do
        • First time he says that his mother is dead
        • Dream-like
          • Not conscious

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