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Cold Knap Lake ­ Gillian Clarke


Poet's childhood memory of a child almost drowning
Her mother is heroic as she saved her life
Questions reliability of her memory as some parts are ambiguous and unclear

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"Blue-lipped and dressed in water's long green silk" ­echoes the…

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contains a long meandering sentence that questions the memory. This short sentence seems
quite reliable as it is so blunt, but is later brought into disarray by the elusiveness of the
poet's memory


The poem has no regular rhyme scheme and does not have a regular rhythm.
However, the…


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