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Catrin by Gillian Clarke

Themes: Conflict, love, mother/child relationship

Main ideas:

1st Stanza: The poet is recalling the birth of her daughter (Catrin)
o She talks about her emotions and feelings about the birth
2 stanza: Clarke then talks about her relationship with her daughter now

o She suggests…

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Language (devices):

1st stanza:
o Alliteration: "First, fierce confrontation" ­ `F' sound represents heavy breathing
associated with the pain of labour
o Direct pronoun: "I can remember you child" ­ Poem is personal and the poet is
talking directly to her daughter with fondness
o Metaphors:
"Tight red rope of…


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