Little Fugue analysis

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  • Parental/family relationships
  • Death
  • Memory (or lack of it)


  • Fugue (will explain later)
  • Beethoven - German pianist & composer in the transition between the classical & romantic period
  • A single movement piece written by Beethoven for a string quintet, which makes use of a double fugue
  • Gothic - Barbarous & uncivilised
  • Delicatessen - specialised food stores
  • Prussian - relating to the Kingdom of Prussia (a German kingdom between 1701 & 1918)


  • Imagery of death through "yew", colour imagery of black & white, oblivion through blindness
  • Imagery of senses - blindness, deafness (Beethoven), synaesthesia of "I see your voice" to suggest difficulty in remembering & inability to communicate with father
  • German imagery "Gothic" "Great War" "sausages"
  • Dark, troubling, overwhelming imagery in middle verses - overwhelming past dictating future


  • Unordered, fragmented use of caesura, enjambment & end-stopped lines reinforces fragmented thoughts of narrator


  • Quatrane - ballad form - implies control


  • Free verse…


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