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Character and voice

By Sarah Warris

What the poems are about.

Casehistory: Alison (head injury)

The poem is about Alison, a woman who has suffered brain damage after an accident.
Her memory has been badly affected. Alison looks at a photograph of her younger self and
talks about the person…

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Medusa is one of the Gorgons, three sisters from Greek mythology who had snakes for hair
and whose terrifying gaze turned those who looked at them to stone. Medusa was slain
by the hero Perseus, who chopped off her head. To avoid looking at her directly he used

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The man had seen the remains of a huge statue in the desert. There were two enormous
legs without a trunk and next to them lay a damaged "visage" (face). At the foot of the
statue were words which reflected the arrogance and pride of Ozymandias. Those words

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