Never Go Back- Carol Ann Duffy

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  • Never go back
    • Stanza 1
      • "living dead"
        • metephor- death/decay/same dull repetitive cycle
      • "you talk for hours"
        • irony-there is nothing to say to these people
      • "bar"
        • foregrounding of a specific place/ a familiar space but speaker feels disconnected
    • Stanza 2
      • "limping"
        • imagery- relating to death and decay
      • "God this is an awful place"
        • personification agreement with speaker- suffering of alcohol
      • "again.Again"
        • repetition- stagnation/repetive cycle
    • Stanza 3
      • "brides has cancer"
        • brings back bad memories - negetive/hard past
      • "accusing" "climb"
        • Transactive verbs- difficult being here
      • "lies" "cries"
        • rhyme- past memories torturing her?
    • Stanza 4
      • "you shouldn't be here"
        • direct address- imperative making her feel she isn't welcome? A warning to herself?
      • "speechless, slamming"
        • sibilance- connatations of fear and anger- Dynamic verbs?
      • "shadow"
        • a figment of her own imagination? She isn't wanted?
    • Stanza 5
      • "looks like death"
        • simile- death is inevitable
      • "slowly"
        • It is a long process- makes the pain lasts longer
      • "sly sums of money"
        • Alliteration- Personification
    • Stanza 6
      • "you pay to get out"
        • makes you feel trapped- you don't have money?
      • "Welcome To"
        • It makes the place seem frendlier then it is
      • "forget" "released"
        • connatations of freedom? Nothing was worth remembering- or the place was so bad you don't want to?


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