Subject: A mothers memory of a struggle to be seperate between her and her daughter. Birth and teenage.
Setting: Hospital room, delivery suite, house
Characters: Mother and Daughter (CATRIN)
Structure: Irregular line length. two stanzaz, 1st stanza is longer signifies longer struggle.
Language: Enjambement mimics the rhythm of natural speech and puts key word at the start of the line. harsh consonance reflects harsh environment, harsh language and harsh feelings.
THEMES - WAR, WOMANHOOD, SEPERATION, MEMORY, LOVE, A NEWBEGINNING.
EXAM QUESTION THEMES - parent/child relationships, war/conflict, memories, love, layers of meaning, suffering.
Cold Knap Lake
Cold Knap lake
Subject: A young girl gets pulled out of the lake and is ressucitated, when she is taken home she is trashed for nearly dying.
Setting: Wartime (WWII) Wales.
Characters: Narrator, young girl drowning, 'narrator's' parents
Structure: Irregular line length/stanza length, rhyming couplet at end.
Language: Imagery=religious, caesura emphasises "breathed". 2nd stanza all end stop lines. Enjambement minics the rhythm of natural speech.
THEMES: STRUGGLE, LIFE AND DEATH, MEMORY
EXAM QUESTION THEMES-Memories, nature, suffering.
A Difficult Birth
Subject: the birth of a lamb on good friday
Setting: Ireland, Easter 1998
Characters: Narrator (I persona) sheep and lamb
Structure: Structure into stanzas, irregular line length.
Language: metaphor, enjambement, caesura, religious references.
THEMES: STRUGGLE, BIRTH, MEMORY, CONFLICT
EXAM QUESTION THEMES - War and cnoflict, different layers of meaning, memory, nature.
The Field mouse
Subject: harvest time, animals killed- link to bosnian war.
Setting: farmers fields of crop, Bosnia
Characters: Child (I persona), animals, children in war
Structure: nine line stanzas, more organised, irregular line length. enjambement
Language: Similie, metahor, onomatopoeia, personification, juxtaposition.
THEMES: WAR, CONFLICT, MEMORY, DEATH
EXAM QUESTION THEMES: War and conflict, Nature, Suffering, Layers of meaning, memory, suffering.