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The FieldMouse

Themes: Nature, Death, Danger, and Politics

The poem is an extended metaphor for the harshness of life and the cruel way we can
treat each other. ­ mouse represents the innocent people who have been killed.

It is an allegory relating to war in Yugoslavia in 1990s

The…

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Structure:

Varying line lengths ­ To suggest that there is no order in a war-torn country.

No set rhythm ­ pattern of natural speech as if Clarke was talking to the reader.



Using wildlife to represent bigger political events seems to be a favoured technique of
Clarke. Clarke mainly uses…

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