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In `Harmonium', Armitage presents an awkward relationship between a weak, aging gfather and
his embarrassed son, who finds it difficult to express his feelings. Whereas, in `Praise Son', Nichols
portrays the love an appreciation a daughter feels for her inspirational mother, suggesting that
despite physical separation, they are still as…

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It is quite a long sentence without a pause, which means that when read out loud the reader
quickly becomes `starved of breath' too, which emphasises the speaker's feelings. Literally, it could
be because the harmonium is too heavy, or it could be the shock at the thought of losing…


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