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The Field Mouse


  • The poem describes hay making in Wales, one summer in the early 1990s. The war in Bosnia was going on at the time. When a field mouse gets injured and dies as a result of the hay making, Clarke is reminded of the war and how the weak and vulnerable become victims of violence.


  • The poem is in the present tense. This helps to make the events seem more vivid to us. Perhaps it also suggests the poem could be true of any war, anywhere in the world.
  • 'air hums with jets' - Aural Imagery, brings summer to life.
  • 'End of the meadow' - Imagery - Sense of…


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