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W.H.Auden:
Ao2: Narrative Technique

Ao3: Ideas behind poetry

Ao4: Context:

Miss Gee:

Summary: The story concerns a lonely spinster, who appears to be repressed and
religious. She has dreams about the vicar at her church, but otherwise seems to have
no romance in her life. She visits the doctor and…

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Ao2: Narrative Technique:
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Suggestive of a diminished view/distorted view of life
Semantics used; unattractive and unappealing. Auden initially makes us look
down on her. Later the reader will feel guilty when she dies.
Sexless, limited, weight of the world bearing down on her

Stanza 5:

Clichéd role of…

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Stanza 13:

Unnecessarily tautological, shows submission
Darkly comic; tragically comic
Ironic- she already is "a good girl"

Stanza 14:

Life passing her by
Imagery is depressing, she is a wreck
Questionable, manipulating readers response
Repetition

Stanza 15:

Low key, ominous

Stanza 16:

Assonance
Caesura; slows instant rhythm
Build up, serious,…

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Cruelty of students, lack of empathy for others
Change of tone; distances the reader; she is being laughed at by other
characters, we feel guilty for laughing at her

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Viewed through her illness rather than `being'
Awkward half rhyme; least funniest stanza; highlights ugliness of her life

Stanza…

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Restricted; doesn't look outside concitements, people are limited

Stanza 6:

Spectating not living; hoping but unfulfilled

Stanza 19:

Broad generalisation is not true; shows the need to live life to the full
Auden?
No regrets if you've done as you pleased

Ao4: Context:
Stanza 1:
Old fashioned name in even…

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