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Later Winter Months.
This poem gives a good idea of the hardships of Icelandic life, and the curious shape of
the first stanza represents spear with which the men catch food for their families to live
on. The subject of the poem is a catch in winter.
Direct speech: `And do you remember...'- Could be talking from personal experience? Talks as
though he is directly talking to his fosterchild and he is the fosterdad, who returns from a fishing trip
in the middle of the night and kisses the child on the head who has fallen asleep in a "bed that was
too large for him"
Hardship of a fisherman in the Icelandic winter.
Living on "near rotten fish"
Canvas covering boats (protecting them from the harsh Icelandic weather..)
"Milkless winter days" Long vowel sounds in "days" suggests the endlessness of winter.
They look forward to simple pleasures "good weather and fresh fish"
"Milkless midwinter"- Alliteration makes the poem very vivid.
Repeats "do you remember"
Poet is recalling the incident he had "dusk....fear....frozen...sky"- these words
conjure up the cold and fearful weather. Creates images in the readers mind.
The short line " and it did not come"- it is dramtic and creates tension as the
reader wants to know what happens next, fear of what I happening at sea.
"and do you remember" repeated although this time changes the ton of the
poem completely: " happiness" tells the reader the lost person has returned in "the
middle of the night".
Full of images of "good weather" that was longed for in the first stanza.
"blue catfish.....haddockscales" he has caught fish and bought happiness home!
No colour through out the poem apart from this stanza the sun "glilstened" on
"sliver" scales. Connoting the darkness has given way to the sun
The word "happiness" is repeated and the simplicity of the last sentence "
happiness in a poor man's house" Represents the whole family are happy again, they
have got there fosterdad back, fish and sun plus the cold harsh winter is gone.