Poppies: Quote Mind Map

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  • Poppies: Quote Analysis
    • Themes and Context
      • The poem looks at a mother of a son who has grown up and gone to war.
      • The poem ends at the memorial, suggesting the son died at war.
        • Suggests that "this" is her son's death but she cannot bear to speak the words.
          • Implies pain,
      • The poem flashes back to key moments of the life of the mother and son.
    • "as I walked with you, to the front door, threw it open, the world overflowing like a treasure chest"
      • The act of throwing open the "front door" is symbolic of setting her son free.
        • The "front door" represents her acceptance of his choices.
      • Simile: "the world overflowing like a treasure chest"
        • Suggests how attractive the world appears to her son but also her aspiration for him to have opportunities.
    • "I traced the inscriptions on the war memorial, leaned against it like a wishbone"
      • Physical senses: "traced"
        • Implies the intimacy between mother and son and connotes the tactile hypersensitivity and jumbled emotions.
      • Simile: "leaned against it like a wishbone"
        • According to some beliefs a wishbone is linked to the ability to make a wish which could suggest the mother's longing for her son to return.
    • "released a song bird from it's cage ... and this is where it has led me"
      • metaphor: "released a song bird from it's cage"
        • "song bird" is a beautiful creature.
          • Suggests the son is like a beautiful caged creature who needs to be set free
            • Implies that she understands he is free to make mistakes and be harmed.
        • Suggests the son is like a beautiful caged creature who needs to be set free
          • Implies that she understands he is free to make mistakes and be harmed.
      • vague pronoun: "this"
        • Double meaning: could mean the location but also the situation.
          • Suggests that "this" is her son's death but she cannot bear to speak the words.
            • Implies pain,

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