Slides in this set
About the Author: Gillian Clark
· born in Cardiff in 1937
· She often writes about nature and her
observations of people.
· Her first poems were published in 1970; she
has since written three collections of poetry.
· She now works as a poet, freelance writer and
broadcaster and is a lecturer at the University
of Glamorgan…read more
· The poem begins with confident and detailed
descriptions then changes to feelings of
confusion and uncertainty in the last stanza.
· This seems to represent the way we look back
on past events and try to make sense of them…read more
· The first person narrator appears to be the
· The sentences in the poem are long and the
poet uses enjambment the last stanza has
only one sentence.
· This makes the poem sound like someone's
Language (Notable Features):
· Dramatic language
· The poet's descriptions of how her mother revived the
girl makes the story sound almost too amazing to be
true. This might by why the poet wonders if she has
· Philosophical Language
· The poet questions herself and wonders about how
· The uncertain language in the last two verses adds to
the idea that things might not have actually happened
as she remembers them.
· She tries to come up with some answers to tie things
Sounds like The `silk'
she is dead
at this point
We once watched a crowd contrasts with
Pull a drowned child from the lake.house'
Blue-lipped and dressed in water's long green silk
She lay for dead.…read more