One Flesh by Elizabeth Jennings Analysis

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  • One Flesh by Elizabeth Jennings
    • Imagery & Significances
      • Stanza 1
        • Shadows overhead
          • Worries of the future that they're expecting
            • Death
        • She like a girl dreaming of childhood
          • Is she remebering herself as a child?
          • Is she thinking about childhood overall?
          • Is she dreaming about innocence?
          • Simile
          • The only way that she can bring back the good times is by remembering
            • Simile
        • Wait
          • Emphasised
          • What are they waiting for?
            • Death
        • the book he holds unread, her eyes fixed on the shadows overhead
        • Lying apart now
      • Stanza 2
        • Tossed up like flotsam from a former passion
          • Love and passion = the sea
          • Flotsam = stuff flown up after a storm
        • How cool they lie
          • Suggest that their previous love and passion for each other was 'hot'
            • They have had good times
        • They hardly ever touch, or if they do it is like a confession of having little feeling - or too much
          • Old people may feel restrained
            • You don't often see older people holding hands
          • Sound like they may still have feelings for each other
        • Chastity faces them
          • They've always known that it is going to happen(old age/ no sex) but they've ignored it
            • The elephant in the room
          • Personification
            • Makes it seem more threatening
        • For which their whole lives were a preparation
          • Suggests they have had good times
          • People become more aware that their time is running out
          • They've always known it was there
            • They've swept it under the carpet
      • Stanza 3
        • Strangely apart
          • Similarity
            • Lying apart now
        • These two who are my mother and father
          • Separates them as mother and father
            • Not parents
        • Silence between them like a thread to hold but not to wind in
          • They're connected by a thread
            • The thread holds them together
              • If the thread was cut, they would die
          • Simile
    • Overall Message
      • Elizabeth Jennings
        • Examining the awkward question
          • What happens when you get old?
        • Personal to poet
        • Trying to understand the relationship herself
        • Will she end up like her parents?
      • First Impressions
        • Depressing
          • But not entirely depressing
        • It could be about lots of different people
          • Flotsam = stuff flown up after a storm
        • There is a division between the two of them
          • These two who are my mother and father
            • Separates them as mother and father
              • Not parents
    • Rhyme Scheme
      • Links words and ideas from the whole phrase
  • They hardly ever touch, or if they do it is like a confession of having little feeling - or too much
    • Old people may feel restrained
      • You don't often see older people holding hands
    • Sound like they may still have feelings for each other

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