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Nabilah Chowdhury, 11Ra _ 1

On a portrait of a deaf man [John Betjeman]

Structure and form

Jaunty rhythm though verses move from life to death e.g. "loud" to "shroud"

Stanza's switch from past to present
Poet is preoccupied with ongoing process of decomposition
Attempting to come to terms with…

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Nabilah Chowdhury, 11Ra _ 2

Present Alison is entirely different to past Alison. Betjeman shows difference between past and present
versions of his father.
Sympathy for their loss of father/memory
Deal with death; old Alison has died, father has died

GCSE English Literature: Poetry Ms


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