English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy In Your Mind

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Talk about the title 'In your mind'
About a daydream of an idealistic place/where they want to go
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"The other country"
A literal country of metaphorical for dream
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"Is it anticipated or remembered?"
Memory/daydream - confused, looking back/forward.
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"The language is muffled by the rain which falls all afternoon"
'muffled' suggests confusion/not clear - happened long time ago
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"you put aside your work and head for the airport with a credit card and a warm coat you will leave on the plane.
Liberating thought, leaving life, reality and problems behind. Escaping freedom.
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"Their faces are photographs on the wrong side of your eyes"
People look good on photos attractive/glossy in her mind
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"..you a drink - what? - asks you..."
- symbolises an interruption
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"asks you if men could possibly land on the moon"
Time frame before 1969 - doesn't want to believe - ruins magic
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"A moon like an orange drawn by a child. No. Never. You watch it peel itself into the sea."
Wants a simple life - life is good - no stress. 'No. Never.' short sentences to portray ignorance, ignore reality, no discussion.
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"The rasp of carpentry wakes you"
'carpentry' suggests simplistic existance
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"On the wall a painting lost for thirty years renders the room yours. Of course."
Symbol for memory - links to photographs.
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"You love this job"
Juxtaposition to stanza 1 - a simple job from a long time ago.
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"You swap a coin for a fish on the way home"
Trade of skills, money doesn't matter - cheap, doesn't care. Juxtaposition 'coin' to verse 1 - 'credit card'
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"dawdling on the blue bridge, watching six swans vanish under your feet"
Precision - remembers specific details.
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And then a desk. A Newspaper. A window. English Rain."
Pathetic fallacy - everyday life - present tense - ordinary life.
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Card 2

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"The other country"

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A literal country of metaphorical for dream

Card 3

Front

"Is it anticipated or remembered?"

Back

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Card 4

Front

"The language is muffled by the rain which falls all afternoon"

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

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"you put aside your work and head for the airport with a credit card and a warm coat you will leave on the plane.

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