At the border, 1979 by Choman Hardi Analysis

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  • At the border, 1979 by Choman Hardi
    • Structure
      • Narrative structure
        • Tells the story of what happened on the crossing day
        • Features...
          • Personal pronouns
            • My mother informed me: We are going home
          • Detailed description
            • The land under our feet continued divide by a thick iron chain
          • Direct speech
            • 'Look over here', she said to us
            • makes memory more vivid and realistic
            • We are going home
              • (emphasized)
              • Mother's relationship with home is very important
          • Follows a linear beginning, middle and end pattern
          • Informal, almost conversational feel
            • As if she's  talking to us
            • Telling us about this significant day
      • Split into two parts
        • Part 1 (lines 1-19)
          • Language
            • simpler
            • More informal
            • Child-like
              • The guards told her off
          • Tone
            • Optimism
            • Excitement
        • Part 2 (lines 20-27)
          • Tone
            • Feeling of excitement wanes
            • A sense of disappointment is suggested
          • Language
            • Child-like language is replaced with more mature, serious and poetic words
              • The same chain of mountains encompasses all of us
          • Change in mood/ language
            • Part 1 (lines 1-19)
              • Language
                • simpler
                • More informal
                • Child-like
                  • The guards told her off
              • Tone
                • Optimism
                • Excitement
            • Reflects the change in individual
              • From optimistic childhood innocence
                • To a more skeptical  experienced adult
            • The autumn soil continued on the other side with the same colour, the same texture
        • DIVISION
    • Language
      • Key words emphasized by repetition
        • Border
          • DIVISION
        • Chain
          • REPRESSION
            • Marking out of territory is decided by people
              • The land is all the same
            • The same chain of mountains encompasses all of us
              • Repression is everywhere
                • The land is all the same
          • Poet is against chains
        • Sides
          • Different/ Divided
            • Used to convey sense of separation
            • Country/ home/ homeland
              • Emphasize feeling of returning home
            • My/our/us/we/ same
              • Reinforce feeling of common identity within the group
        • Autobiographical

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