Eat Me

-Tercets (three line stanza)

-Uses repetition 'too fat' and half rhymes 'cake' and 'weight'.




Control- the man uses food to control the narrator, but the control returns to the narrator eventually and she kills him by laying on top of him and eating him.

Masculinity and feminism- despite of the male's power over the narrator, she wins the battle for power by killing him.

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Chainsaw Versus The Pampas Grass

-Chainsaw= man of brute strength. Pampas Grass= woman with the subtle strength of growing.

-Struggle of power between man and woman.

-The chainsaw cannot quite defeat the pampas grass despite of it's destructiveness. The theme of feminisim is seen here as the woman actually wins.

-Irregular stanzas.


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-Iambic tetrameter and regular verses show normality.

-Each verse is shaped like a hanky.

-There is a turning point in the poem with a verse of nine lines, where the traditional theme stops amd things start to change for the worse.

-Uses enjambment to show nostalgia, the narrator is making the sentences long to cling onto her memories.

-Imagery changes from traditional and descriptive to bland and boring.




-Italics used to emphasise important messages.

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An Easy Passage

-Poem about being inbetween childhood and adulthood.

-As we age we lose our instinct and get too wrapped up in logic and reason.

-We always plan ahead.

-Judged more as we get older.

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The Lammas Hireling


-Dramatic monologue.

-No rhyme scheme to represent insanity.

-Regular structure shows insanity is common with this man.

-Yellow moon is a connotation of unstable love. Juxtaposition of the pale white purity of love being clouded by the gay yellow.

-Guilt could have sparked off the narrator killing the hireling.

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To My Nine-Year-Old Self

-A poem talking to the narrator's nine-year-old self.

-Nostlagic language.

-Regular structre of lines (5,6,7,6,5) until the last stanza which is random and almost unnecessary.

-Enjambments keeps the energy of the child, and also the movement of pain she's had to go through.

-Enjambment and caesura represents instability.

-References to suicide.

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A Minor Role

-Dramatic monologue.

-The story of someone who is really close to a terminally ill person.

-Refernces to theatre.

-Lists to show keeping herself busy to avoid misery.

-Isolation is a sanctuary for the narrator.

-Keeping up to social convention of putting up an act.

-The last line of the poem is a declarative and is the only passionate and regular part of the poem- emphasising purpose.

-Distant, no pronouns used to make it less personal.

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The Gun

-Irregular structure = tension and danger.

-Colour imagery which symbolises death.

-Plosive consonants.

-Found a new pleasure of shooting.

-Pathetic fallecy.

-Juxtaposition of homeliness and death; of living and death.

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-The mermaid represents the atrocity of the Nazi's and how they killed people who were simply different.

-Mermain = a person with disabilities.

-Non-figurative language apart from one simile.

-The lack of eye contact represents guilt, which can be linked to colonialism and how powerful countries still feel ashamed in modern times.

-Represents the typical gender role of a woman being more vulnerable than a man, showing the Nazi's killed the weak and vulnerable.

-Personal items used to show that the mermaid was a person too.

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On Her Blindness

-Couplets with dialogue and anecdotal observations.

-Alliteration emphasises pain.

-Trying to hide her weakness.

-Couplet = two people; last sentence= one person as she's dead.

-Very little imagery towards the end to show the lack of vision.

-She has a desire to live but the disability is winning over her.

-Pretense that the narrator's mother is in a happier place- something that people cling to through grief.

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