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About the Author: Kathleen Jamie
· Scottish poet, who also writes non-fiction
· She began writing at school, and her first book
of poetry was published when she was just 20
years old.
· Her poetry draws extensively on the
landscape and language of Scotland and also
on her experiences of travelling in Pakistan
and other places…read more

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Structure:
· The narrator begins with the people leaving
the pub and the excitement of taking the boat
out onto the loch.
· She remembers being frightened, but then she
talks about the magic and beauty of the trip.
She finishes by talking about her life now and
the end of the boat trip.…read more

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Form:
· The first person narrator in this poem could be
the poet herself
· There is no rhyme scheme or regular rhythm
to the lines ­ perhaps to sound conversational
· The start of each stanza is conversational, but
the poet is not addressing us.
· She is talking to someone she shared the
memory with.…read more

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Language:
· Intimate Language
· This is used to draw us in, but also to exclude us. Jamie
uses `we' and `our' a lot because she is talking to the
person who was also in the boat.
· Frightening language
· The images in the second stanza feel quiet threatening ­
this feeling is increased by the personification of the
hills and water.
· Magical Language
· This language emphasises the nostalgia in the poem.
This was probably a magical time in the life of the
narrator ­ when she was younger and more
adventurous. References to the present tense are more
matter of fact.…read more

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We are half included, half
excluded by the narrator ­ she
Stanza One: is talking to the person she
crossed the loch with.
Remember how we rowed towards the cottage
on that sickle-shaped bay,
that one night after the pub
Carefree
words ­
loosed us through its swinging doors
suggest happy and we pushed across the shingle
memories, but Water is made
to sound
also that they'
re a bit
till water lipped the sides enticing and
reckless / alluring
foolish
as though the loch mouthed `boat'?…read more

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