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The Field Mouse by Gillian Clarke

Themes: Politics, Danger, Imagery

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Set at harvest time in the early 90's; there's a war going on in the former-Yugoslavia.
Throughout the poem Clarke feels guilty because the UK didn't help with the war.
Stanza 1: Describes a peaceful summer's day, the…

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o"The long grass is a snare drum" ­ Double meaning => "Snare" means trap. Also, the
"Drum" reminds the reader of troops marching into battle.
o "Two sparks burning...the star goes out in its eye." ­ The mouse's death is a
metaphor for the innocent children dying in the war.…


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