English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy Nostalgia

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What is Nostalgia?
The psychological suffering caused by the desire to return
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"Those early mercenaries"
Mercenary fights for anyone for price. An original medical focus, driven by money.
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"leaving the high, fine air to go down, down"
Descending mountains or emotionally feel down
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"dull crude coins clenched in the teeth"
Alliteration - harsh constants sacrificing pleasure of homeland for money - coins and decsion
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"strange food...wrong sounds...wrong smells...every breath wrong"
Repetition - everything about the decision to move is wrong
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"They had an ache here, Doctor, they pined, wept, grown men. It was killing them."
Before nostalgia defined.
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"It was given a name"
It = nostalgia - becomes real with a name
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"fearful of that sweet pain in the heart"
Oxymoron - going to suffer but receive what you desire
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"of how it hurt, in that heavier air; to hear..."
Sense of sadness through sounds - alliteration
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"the music of home - the sad pipes - summoning"
Caesura - separation
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"where maybe you met a girl"
2nd person - unreliability of memory
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"or searched for a yellow ball in long grass"
Very precise certainty.
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"But the word was out"
Word = nostalgia
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"Some would never fall in love had they not heard of love"
Language creates a concept - becomes widely understood
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"So the priest stood at the stile with his head in his hands"
Well respected
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"crying at the workings of memory through the colour of leaves"
Romantic = green - new beginning, freshness
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"It was spring when one returned"
One = swiss mercenaries
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"The same bell chiming the hour on the clock, and everything changed"
Place is same, time has passed - impossible to recreate past
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"It was spring when one returned"
One = swiss mercenaries
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"The same bell chiming the hour on the clock, and everything changed"
Place is same, time has passed - impossible to recreate past
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"Those early mercenaries"

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Mercenary fights for anyone for price. An original medical focus, driven by money.

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"leaving the high, fine air to go down, down"

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Card 4

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"dull crude coins clenched in the teeth"

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Card 5

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"strange food...wrong sounds...wrong smells...every breath wrong"

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