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Cold Knap Lake by Gillian Clarke

Themes: Memory, danger

Main ideas:

Stanzas 1-3: The poet is recalling an event in which her mother rescued a drowning girl.
o These three stanzas are told like a fairytale; there is a beginning, middle and end.
Stanzas 4-5: Clarke questions whether the memory…

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o "Dressed in water's long green silk" ­ This suggests that the girl is covered with pond
weeds after being rescued from the lake. It's similar to the description of
princesses' dresses in fairytales; perhaps suggesting that the event was fictious.
o "Satiny mud blooms in cloudiness..." ­ This describes…


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