The 3 Fates

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  • The 3 Fates
    • Title
      • Clotho, Lachesis, Astropos
      • Responsible for human destiny
      • Configured as weavers, spinning the tapestry of time
    • What's It About?
      • Drowning man pleads for eternal life, and is forced to relive his past over and over again in reverse order
      • The man cannot change the past, rewrite his story or alter the woven pattern of his life
    • Ideas + Imagery
      • 'He watched her'
        • Visual imagery - he us watchung a girl he loves
      • 'Drowning'
        • How did he end up there? Suicide? Accident?
      • 'Came up like a cork'
        • Imagery of something shooting straight back out of the water - corks are buoyant
          • Foreshadows the hollow + weightless life he will have
    • Themes
      • Art
      • Nature
      • Mortality
      • Permanence of the past
    • Structure
      • Reverse chronology
      • Irregular structure
        • Chaos / disorder
        • Freedom / natural ease
      • Caesura - Breaking / disorder
      • Tercets
        • Matches the three fates + the concepts of the middle, beginning and end
      • Enjambment, S1 L2 makes reader wonder what he wishes for
      • Shortening lines which shows time running out / life receding
      • Poem mirrors life rolling backwards
    • Rhythm, Repetition + Rhyme
      • 'At the instat ... sisters'
        • Repetition of the t sounds contributes to the energetic, turbulent atmosphere
      • ''Mistake ... everlasting'
        • Repeating st sound - the mixture of the sharp t consonance and hissing sibilance create a sinister tone and vividly evoking the image of the man sturggling for his life in the water
      • Repetition of 'instant'
        • Idea of playing with time
    • Language
      • 'Like a cork' - simile shows powerlessness and oblivion
      • 'Put on ... order' - adverbial phrase suggests entire life is now running in reverse
      • 'Barefoot' - sense of innocence, naivety and happiness
      • 'morning' - the tragedy of the situation is underscored with the homonym mourning
      • 'reel unrolling towards river'
        • Assonance - creates an agressive / worrying mood
      • 'When she was gone'
        • The adverb when shows the inevitability of an end, even though it is now a beginning
      • 'house' - suggests domestic life
      • 'swing' - suggests symbol of youth and innocence
      • 'enormous agonies of passion' - hyperbole
        • See completed work undone - anxiety, procrastination


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