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To what extent could the poem be said
to have an ironic tone?

`The Laughter of Stafford Girls' High' explores a narrative of laughter erupting in a girls' high
school and, within this, presents various themes such as homosexuality, suicide and struggle for
identity. It is suggested that throughout the…

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the women in the face of discontent or discrimination be it from the alarm clock or society on a
whole.

The description of Mrs McKay's death is almost ironic given that her marriage with her
husband was pessimistically explored. The simile that depicts the waves as dancing her away `like…

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