English Lit - A Difficult Birth, Easter 1998

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A Difficult Birth Easter, 1998


  • An old ewe experiences difficulties in giving birth.
  • This is connected with the Good Friday peace negotiations in Northern Ireland
  • Gillian Clarke helps deliver the lamb; she is surprised when a second lamb appears unexpectedly.


  • 'Good Friday' - Allegory or extended metaphor for the peace process. Refers to peace process on Good Friday.
  • 'exhausted, tamed by pain' - Clarke makes it ambiguous as to who is exhausted and tamed by pain.
  • 'Two hooves and a muzzle/but…


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