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About the Author: Gillian Clarke
· 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
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Structure:
· The poem is a series of fragmented images
and memories with no explicit connection
between them.
· After the disaster no one really knew what
was happening.
· You feel how confusing this must have been
when you read the poem, because you have
to piece together what it is about…read more

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Form:
· The short stanzas make the poem look
fragmented ­ this may echo the way the
disaster was reported at the time
· Enjambment suggests the poets thoughts
might have been disturbed or agitated.…read more

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Language (Notable Features):
· Technical Language
· This makes the poem more real and reminds
us that these events actually happened.
· It also keeps the mood serious and sombre.
· Hopeful Language
· In the last few stanzas, the language becomes
less bleak and more optimistic.…read more

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Stanza One: Technical language bases
the poem in reality ­
reminds us this was a real
event and keeps the mood
serious
That spring was late. We watched the sky
and studied charts for shouldering isobars.
Birds were late to pair. Crows drank from the lambs eye.
Natural images, yet unsettling…read more

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