English Literature- Owen Sheers' poetry

What does 'Skirrid' mean?
Divorced/ separation
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What are the key themes in 'Skirrid Hill'?
Death, love, landscape, men/women, separation, heritage, nature, industry vs agriculture
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What are key poems to show the theme 'childhood vs adulthood'?
Border country, Trees, Hedge School, Joseph Jones
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Which poems have the theme of 'death'?
Border Country, Mametz Wood, On Going, The Steelworks
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Which poems show 'separation'?
The Farrier, Marking Time, Farther, Trees, The Equation and Song
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Which poems have the 'family relationships' prominent in it?
Inheritance, Border Country, Farther, Trees, Late Spring, Swallows and On Going
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Which poems have the theme of 'heritage'?
Farther, Trees, The Equation, Late Spring, Swallows, On Going and The Steelworks
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Arguably, what are the three most prominent themes in 'Skirrid Hill'?
Love/ break up poems, separation/ distance and connection with natue
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What is Mametz Wood about?
Majority of the poem is in the past tense but there are moments of the present tense. The consequences are in the present (shows how war is still affecting us)
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What are the key themes?
War, death, memories, past vs present and masculinity
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What is the relationship between the speaker and readers?
They are separate
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Where is the 'Last Act'?
It is before the content page in the collection, where there is a an extended metaphor throughout
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What is the poem about?
Suggestion that the poem is confessional and he is referring to the poetry collection
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What are the key themes in the poetry?
Memory, openness
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What is 'The Farrier' about?
A moment when nature and man come together and it is romanticised
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How is the job viewed as?
An old-fashioned/ traditional job in which he romanticises it
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What are key themes in the poem?
Nature and man, past vs present, capturing a moment and industry vs nature
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Who is 'R.S. Thomas'?
A Welsh national poet who is mentioned in 'Inheritance'
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What is the poem about?
Learning traits and parts of himself from his family- appreciation of them
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What are the key themes in this poem?
Heritage, familial love, nostalgia to the past
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What is 'Marking Time' about?
Separation between the two people, it is showing the metaphysical pain and effects of a relationship
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What is 'Marking Time'?
An atypical sonnet- has 14 lines and a volta. Doesn't adhere to the rhyme scheme or iambic pentameter
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What are the key themes in the poem?
Love, heartbreak, time, memory and separation
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What is 'Show' about?
Men are watching women- viewed as spectators. The women are seen as having more control
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What are the key themes?
Women, men, watching a moment
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What is 'Valentine' about?
The speaker is recalling three memories from their trip to Paris: break up, desire for her body, the final memory
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Which poem does 'Valentine' resemble?
R.S.Thomas' 'Gift' which was the poem that inspired 'Inheritance'
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What are the key themes in 'Valentine'?
Love, break-up, relationships, past and present tense
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What is 'Winter Swans' about?
The narrative poem where the speaker and his girlfriend walk around a lake and do not speak until they see Swans on a lake
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What are the key themes?
Relationships, ambiguous portrayal of love
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What is 'Night Windows' about?
A love poem narrating an occasion when a couple make love in the living room by the light of a single bulb in the hall
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What painting does it share it's title with?
Edward Hopper
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How is it reminiscent of John Donne?
Speaker gets aesthetic pleasure from woman's body
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What are the key themes?
Relationships, idealising and sexualising women
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What is 'Keyways' about?
A love poem which explores the end of a relationship, it can be seen as an ANALYTICAL poem
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What are the key themes?
Lost love, break up poems, realisation
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What is 'Border Country' about?
The transition between childhood to adulthood shown through the abruptness of death
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What are the key themes?
Loss, death, War, past vs present, death of youth, transition to adulthood
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What is 'Farther' about?
Auto-biographical poem where it is a journey between man and son
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What is interesting about the title?
It is a homophonic pun, it at first appears to be about a father and son BUT title implies separation
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What are the key themes?
Distance/ separation, journey,capturing a moment and father and son relationship
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What is 'Trees' about?
Sheers' uses physical trees as a conversation with his dad, thirteen lined poem so almost a sonnet
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What are the key themes?
Father and son, distance/ separation and capturing a moment
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What is 'Hedge School' about?
Childish sense of anonymity of place, present tense connection, title implies he is being brought up by the land and nature
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Who else started a poem with a quotation?
T.S.Elliot started the 'Wasteland' and Chaucer links to 'Pardoner's Prologue'
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What are the key themes?
Youth to adulthood, developing a person, influence of nature, the power and darkness of nature
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What is 'Joseph Jones' about?
Past tense detachment from hometown
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What are the key themes?
Criticism of the town, growing up, past tense, detachment from youth
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What is 'Late Spring' about?
Farming with his Granddad which is romanticised
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What are the key themes?
Nature, old-fashioned ideas, masculinity, heritage, connections
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What is 'The Equation' about?
Romanticising nature- shows the connection with nature
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What are the key themes in it?
Nature, masculinity, heritage, man and grandfather's relationship
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What is 'Swallows' about?
Description of swallows serves as a n allegory for the constant departures and arrivals of his family, it is an extended metaphor
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What are the key themes?
heritage, history, keeping poetry alive
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What is 'On Going' about?
Written in a form of an elegy in memory of his grandmother
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What are the key themes?
Life/death, memories familial relationship and everlasting love
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Which poems signal the second half of the collection?
'Y Gaer' and 'The Hill Fort'
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What is 'Y Gaer' about?
A diadytich poem shows how there is a journey between past and present tense
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What are the key themes?
Death, grief, masculinity, power of nature, protection, defence and heritage
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What is 'Hill Fort' about?
Contrasts the other poem- the weather is lighter, father is protecting his son
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What are the key themes?
Identity, youth, grief, nature, place, death, father and son relationship
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What is 'Intermission' about?
Geographical outward looking poem about friendship
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What are the key themes?
Inward looking, conservative poem, pessimistic
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What is 'Calendar' about?
Written in the form of a HAIKU poem: shows the cyclical nature of life
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Who is Masho Basho?
A famous poems which contain Kigo
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What are key themes?
Power of nature, hope, cyclical view of life
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What is 'Flag' about?
Shows how patriotic is deep rooted in society, comparing Wales to London
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What are the key themes?
Death, decay, youthfulness,disappointment, heritage
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What is 'Steelworks' about?
Shows how it is decaying, contemporary language in contrast to traditional language
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What are the key themes?
Masculinity, nature, industrialisation, past/present and detachment from heritage
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What is 'Song' about?
It is about women attracting men but never fulfilling them
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How can it be referring to Donne?
He is describing love as being like bait
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What are the key themes?
Lust, hateful love, women
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What is 'Landmark' about?
Mentions a coffin of Pharaohs, suggests that love is dying
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Which poem can be linked to?
Carol Duffy's 'Hour'
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What are the key themes?
Timelessness, dying love and openness
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What is 'Happy Accidents' about?
Referring to war and the influence/ effects it has on everyone
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Who is Robert Capa?
A war photographer, his photos were ruined on D-Day landings
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What are the key themes?
Death, loss, change, war, progression of society
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What is 'Drinking with Hitler' about?
A narrative poem, that shows how predatory men can be
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What was the military organisation like?
Became notorious for military tactics, named as a tormentor by Amnesty International
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What are the key themes?
Male power, women, vulnerability, dominance and the removal of memory
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What is 'Four Movements in the scale of two' about?
It is showing the different stages and development of a romantic relationship
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What are the key themes in it?
Distance, aggressive love, break up, emptiness, problem at fault
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What is 'Liable to Floods' about?
It is a poem about American troops coming into England and having a superior sense over the Welsh
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What are the key themes?
War, nature, women, death, masculinity vs femininity
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What is 'History' about?
Shows the effects of industrialisation on Wales
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How is Thatcher linked?
Had an influence on closing down mines which still affects Wales today
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What are the key themes?
Place, identity, heritage, nature and man
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What is 'Amazon' about?
A journey of a lady facing cancer then beating it
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What are the key themes?
Health, mysterious women, optimism, problems in modern day society
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What is 'Shadow Man' about?
About a sculpturer/ artist
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Who is Mac Adams?
Scultpurer who can be seen as capturing the moment
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What are the key themes?
Places/ things, nature, art and capturing a moment
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What is 'Under the Superstitious Mountains' about?
Showing modern social issues
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What is the Epigraph at the beginning of the poem about and who from?
Eels- Susan's House: shows the images of insanity, arson and teenage pregnancy
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What are the key themes?
Identity, place, moments, masculinity, nature vs machinery
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What is 'Service' about?
Written for when he was an official poet at a restaurant
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What is 'The Fishmonger' about?
It is about the appreciation of traditional jobs
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What are the key themes?
Life, death, power of man, nature, changes in role in society
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What is 'Stitch in Time' about?
Poem about Fiji and the divide between the east and west
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What are the key themes?
Past vs present, different cultures, place, and identity
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What is 'L.A. Evening' about?
It is about LA and hod is geographically outward looking. Sense of nostalgia about youth
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What are the key themes?
Identity, place, youth, facade/ performance
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What is 'The Singing Men' about?
Homeless men in America
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What are the key themes?
Modern values, criticism of these values
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What is 'The Wake' about?
A family member who has cancer- his journey. Links to ongoing
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What are the key themes?
Death, grief, loss, acceptance, identity
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What is 'Skirrid Fawr' about?
Based on a real hill showing a separation. Has links to the rest of the poems in collection
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What are the key themes?
Mother nature, appreciation of nature, absence of love
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