Poetry Across Time - Relationships - Harmonium

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  • Created on: 02-11-12 10:51
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  • Harmonium
    • 'mine, for a song'
      • Not worth very much. Irony because the purpose of the harmonium is to make music
    • 2nd stanza
      • The sun ages things
      • The harmonium is personified (as an old man)
      • Sibilance
        • Holy and peaceful
        • Soft sound
        • Lifts mood
    • 3rd stanza
      • Large part of their life
    • 'still struck a chord'
      • He's grown up in the church
      • Either the harmonium can still play a chord or it moves him
    • 'father and son'
      • Passed on through generations (sense of tradition)
    • 'smoker's fingers and dottled thumbs'
      • Old
    • Modern poem
    • Down to earth and unromantic
      • Use of pronouns
    • Casual tone
      • Line 4
    • Lines 22-25
      • Matter of fact
    • 4th stanza
      • Communication skills aren't good
      • It's how he is-he can't change it
      • Avoids the subject of death
    • Lines 26-27
      • He doesn't know what to say
        • They love each other but can't express it
    • 'starved of breath'
      • Could be because the harmonium is heavy
    • Language
      • Figurative
      • Personification
      • Religious

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