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Brendon Gallacher [Jackie Kay]

Structure and Form

Mournful for Brendon/ for the innocence of the idea of him/ for a lost childhood.
Poem is written as a memory, not as an immediate response to grief.

The poem is very regular in form with five stanzas of five lines…

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"There are no Gallacher's"
The intrusion of this fact destroys her fantasy


He's ""Irish"" rather than Scottish, and his father is a ""cat-burglar"", not just a thief. This description
makes Brendon Gallacher's background seem slightly unbelievable from the outset.

Kay uses pathetic fallacy to create a sense of the…


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