Poppies analysis (GCSE)

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What Happens?

A mother is grieving for the loss of her soldier son, she reflects on the time where she pins a poppy onto his lapel before he leaves, enthusiastic for school, conflict or the excitements of the world. She finds herself drawn to a war memorial and longs to her son's voice again.


  • Written in free verse to capture her continueing thoughts as she adresses her absent son whilst internalising her thoughts
  • The four stanzas are of differing lengths, two and three being effectively linked by enjambement 

Language and Imagery

  • The dramatic monologue seems to be a lament where the mother's memory takes her on a journey
  • The idea of a poppy


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