The Map Woman (Feminine Gospels)

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  • The Map Woman
    • Themes
      • Identity
      • Place of origin
      • Being comfortable in your own skin
    • Narrative Poem
    • Stanza 2
      • Line 1
        • Tour of her life
      • Line 9
        • Death imagery/ memorials
        • Personal history/ influential people on her life
          • Death imagery/ memorials
    • Stanza 3
      • Shift from 3rd to 2nd person
      • Line 7
        • 'You'
          • Direct
          • Isolated/ solitary from married couple
            • Direct
            • Reference to outsider looking in?
      • Line 9
        • 'Tiny' - insignificant
          • One tiny person in a huge crowd
        • Sense of entrapment
    • Stanza 4
      • Line 4
        • Autobiographical?
      • Line 6
        • Colour imagery
          • Bruises/ pain imagery
            • Line 6
              • Colour imagery
                • Bruises/ pain imagery
        • Line 10
          • Hard Day's Night reference
            • 60s
              • Line 10
                • Hard Day's Night reference
                  • 60s
        • Stanza 5
          • Line 1
            • Enjambement
              • Life goes on
              • Flowing
              • "Facilitates the flow of the narrative"
            • Rhyme
              • 'The Graduate reference' -
                • Line 2
                  • Rhyme
                    • 'The Graduate reference' -
                      • Line 2
                        • Contextualisation
                          • Space Odyssey
                            • Contextualisation
                      • Space Odyssey
                • Line 3
                  • Sibilance
                    • Hinting at being inside - prison or hospital
                • Line 8
                  • Reference back  history - memorial imagery
                • Line 10
                  • Proper nouns
                    • Travelling/ escaping
              • Stanza 6
                • Line 4
                  • Always find her was back
                  • Like an umbilical cord, it pulls you back
              • Stanza 7
                • Back to 3rd person
                • Line 3
                  • Fast metre
                  • Constant fast flowing life
                    • Fast metre
                • Line 4
                  • Underneath her 'posh' clothes is her history and where she came from
                  • Lack of stability
                  • Inescapable
                • Line 5/6
                  • Hider her roots
                  • Clothing imagery
                    • Hide/disguise her face
                • Line 10
                  • Cyclical nature
                  • Bored/waiting
                  • 'The Great Escape reference
              • Stanza 8
                • Line 1
                  • Onomatopoeia
                • Line 3
                  • Personification
                • Line 4
                  • Casual tone - she hitch hiked?
                • Line 5
                  • 'Junction 13' - freedom/ escape
                    • A path
                    • Unlucky number
                    • Danger/ abuse
                    • Vulnerability of young girls
                • Line 7
                  • Casual tone
                  • Death imagery
                • Line 10
                  • End - stopped line
                    • Symbolic of sudden loss of life
              • Stanza 9
                • Line 2
                  • Self worth
                  • Self identity
                • Line 5
                  • Innocent
                  • Eyes/ soul are unsure
                • Line 6
                  • Love of body image
                  • Confidence
                    • Eyes/ soul are unsure
              • Stanza 10
                • Line 1
                  • looking in a mirror imagery
                  • Expensive/ natural products
                  • Gained wealth
                • Line 3/4
                  • Changing existence/ self identity
                • Line 9
                  • Imagery - used and abused by past lovers
                • Line 10
                  • Losing self
                  • End - stopped line = that part of life is over
              • Stanza 11
                • Line 1
                  • Starting again, 'once upon a time...'
                  • Umbilical cord, pulling her back
                • Line 4
                  • Image of ruin
                • Line 5
                  • Cleansing self of the past
                • Line 8
                  • 'Never go back'
                  • More modern society portrayed
                    • Lost - she doesn't know the new place
              • Stanza 12
                • Line 1
                  • "Façade" = false
                • Line 3
                  • Serpentine imagery
                    • Re-birth
                    • Breaking free
                      • Easy as taking off clothes
                        • Re-birth
                    • Sin/ devil. garden of Eden reference
                • Line 9
                  • Map imagery
                  • Cyclical map mentioned at beginning of poem too
                • Line 10
                  • Have to re-create self
              • Stanza 13
                • Line 1
                  • Reminiscing on old life
                • Final line
                  • Engraved/ embedded in her. She can't get rid of her past
                  • Still hasn't found herself. Still can't accept herself

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