Poetry Across Time - Relationships - The Farmer's Bride

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  • The Farmer's Bride
    • Title - 'The Farmer's Bride'
      • Country setting
    • 'Three Summers since I chose a maid'
      • He married her 3 years ago
    • Set in the countryside
    • Dramatic monologue
      • Charlotte Mew has created the farmer character
    • Quite a lot of rhyming but each stanza is different
    • Feel sad for the farmer and his wife
    • Calm and sorrowful tone - not bitter
    • In farmer's dialect
      • Country dialect
      • 'When us was wed'
    • Narrative style
      • Mostly description of events
    • Erratic rhyme scheme reflects chaos of poem
    • Mew said that it was a short story, not a poem
    • Written by Charlotte Mew
      • Most of her family were insane
      • Didn't marry and have children so she would not pass mentail illness on
      • Two mentally ill siblings who were admitted to institutions
        • May have influenced her poem as is about a woman who goes mad
    • 'but more's to do//At harvest-time than bide and woo.'
      • Didn't really see each other before marriage - did not take much notice of her
      • Harvest important at the time as people depended on the harvest
    • 'She runned away'
      • She ran away
      • Dialect
    • 'seven-acre field'
      • Suggests that he is rich
        • She may have been made to marry him for money
    • 'we chased her'
      • A whole village has gone to find her
    • 'Turned the key upon her'
      • They locked her up to make sure she didn't run away again
    • Lines 20-21
      • Doing housework like she was supposed to. Doesn't speak - withdrawn into herself
    • 'With birds and rabbits'
      • Close to animals
    • ''Not near, not near!' her eyes beseech'
      • Doesn't say anything but her eyes look frightented
    • 'beasts in stall//Look round like children at her call'
      • Animals in stables
      • She is close with animals and they are obedient
    • 'I've hardly heard her speak at all'
      • She's stopped speaking to him in particular
    • 'levenret'
      • A wild rabbit (she will run away if you come near her
    • 'young larch tree'
      • Like a small, young tree
    • 5th stanza
      • It is autumn and they are looking forward to christmas
    • Lines 34-35
      • Shorter days
      • People are lighting fires
      • Good description of seasonal change
    • 'One leaf'
      • Leaves are falling
    • 'rime'
      • White traces of chalk (a sign that winter is coming)
    • 'Some other in the house than we!'
      • He wants children but can't
        • Similar to Charlotte mEw
    • 6th stanza
      • He longs for her but can't get to her because she is afraid of him
      • Empathy for farmer as he still loves her but the feeling isn't mutual
      • He feels sorry for her

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