Skirrid Hill by Owen Sheers

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  • Skirrid Hill-Owen Sheers
    • "Typical" writing style
      • Tersets,
        • Winter Swans-The tersest in the poem emphasise how they are separated by their awkwardness and anger after their fight,
      • Free verse or unrhymed poetry,
        • Service- The structure of the poem is in free verse could be described as chaotic and stressful like the work in the kitchen,
      • Sounds e.g. sibilance and alliteration
        • Inheritance-"From my father a stammer like a stick in the spokes of my speech"- Highlights the difficult relationship between father and son
          • Contrasts with his mother's contributions which uses plosive alliteration like "pain in pleasure" which creates a more soothing tone,
      • Echoing
        • Telephone wires
          • Calendar- "Swallows crotchet and minim the telephone wires"
          • Landmark-" They noticed the telephone wires, the time"
          • Swallows- " cutting their sky jive between the telephone wires."
          • Sheers is emphasising the modernisation of society and creating the image of our homogenous society where everyone is the same,,
      • Enjambment
        • On Going- Her enjambment in Stanza 1 and 3 could represent the slow and heavy breathing of the women and its unevenness,
      • Extended metaphors (unusual conceits)
        • Song-The metaphor of a Magpie emphasises their shallow relationship and he is only attracted to her good looks like Magpies are attracted to shiny objects,
          • However, the metaphor of a Magpie could also suggest his love is pure for the female because magpies mate for life,
        • The Wake- The metaphor of a ship throughout the poem is used to emphasise that the man's life and his profession means his death will affect many people,
    • Key Themes
      • Separation
      • The Family,
      • Memories
        • Farther
          • The Family,
        • Trees
          • On going
          • Inheritance
            • Amazon
          • Relationships
            • Valentine
            • Winter Swans
            • Show
            • Night Windows
            • Song
          • Welsh Identity
            • Flag
            • History
            • Mametz Wood
            • Inheritance
            • Skirrid Fawr
            • The Steelworks
            • Farther
          • Isolation
            • The Singing men (Isolation from society)
            • L.A. Evening
            • The Fishmonger
            • Landmark
          • Female Form,
            • Skirrid Fawr
            • Four Movements in the Scale of Two
          • Change/ transformation
            • Intermission
            • The Farrier
            • Mametz Wood
            • Stitch in Time
            • Amazon
        • The 'pulse' of Skirrid Hill
          • Transience (changing in the passing of time)
          • Loss
          • Sadness
          • Passing
          • Separation
          • Regret
          • Longing
          • Nostalgic
        • Which poem is central to the collection?
          • Inheritance
            • Start of the collection- importance
            • Conveys a range of themes
            • However, doesn't discuss romantic separation
          • Hill Fort/ Y Gaer
            • Middle of the collection
            • Only 2 poems which mirror one another
            • Climax of the collection
          • Skirrid Fawr
            • End of the poem- sums up all the poems
            • Addresses a range of themes
            • Doesn't  family relationships

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