English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy Wintering

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Talk about the title "wintering"
Suggests cold/emotionless - in the present tense ongoing.
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"All day, slow funerals have ploughed in the rain"
Sorrow - negative replicates life cycle - no end, mourning/break up of a relationship. Plants/flowers dying represents personas feelings
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"We've done again"
Things not going well.
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"Grey fades to black"
Symbolism - grey = boredom, black = death
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"The stars begin their lies"
Inspiration - hopes comes to nothing, illusion
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"I wear shroud of cold beneath my clothes"
Deathly connotations, 'beneath' preposition - can not get rid of it, 'shroud' represents sadness
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"Night clenches in its fist the moon, a stone."
Discard night, alone, time to think
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"I clutch the small stiff body of my phone"
Phone has emotion, missing them, lifeline, don't want to ring, replaces person.
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"Dawn mocks me with gibberish of birds"
New day - no hope.
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"They play inside my head like broken chords"
No comfort, sadness strikes a chord - brings a connection - affects the heart, mismatched, not complimentry
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"*"
Change in time, shift in focus, looks like snowflake "wintering"
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"The garden tenses, lies face down"
Emptiness
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"...has wept its leaves"
Personification - lost everything
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"all my mistakes"
Blaming herself
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"are frozen in the tight lock of my face"
pretence - trying to look fine
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"Bare trees hold out their arms, beseech, entreat"
'Bare' loneliness and seeking comfort 'beseech, entreat' begging, desperation, pleading
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"The clouds sag with the burden of their weight"
Rain in clouds bring them down represents troubles tears and turns
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"The wind screams at the house, bitter, betrayed"
Repetition of b sound - hard, heavy sound - plosive sound.
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"The sky is flayed"
Destructive, torn apart
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"...the moon a fingernail, bitten and frayed"
Getting angry, nervous and anxious atmosphere, placing blame on other person
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"Another night, the smuggling in of snow"
Forbidden, love that shouldn't be there - secretive, non permanent, sibilance - s
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"You come and go"
Affair/unequal relationship - dediciated and casual person
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"your footprints like a lover letter below"
reminds - making feelings reoccur, same sex relationships - no acceptable? hidden?
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"a hidden freight"
Something arrives - new person, new relationship or old person
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"That morning brings in on a tide of light"
Morning has positive connotations, hope, not like other stanza
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"The soil grows hesitant, it blurts in green"
Suggestion of green - hope.
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'As pain turns back again to love"
Links to stanza one "turning love to pain"
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"and winter thaws and melts, cannot resist"
going back
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What is the whole poem?
An extended metaphor/personification
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What does the fact that positiveness is only for a small part of the poem suggest?
Pain is greater than love
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What does the fact the poem consists of half rhymes suggest?
Awkward - wrong, like the relationship
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Card 2

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"All day, slow funerals have ploughed in the rain"

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Sorrow - negative replicates life cycle - no end, mourning/break up of a relationship. Plants/flowers dying represents personas feelings

Card 3

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"We've done again"

Back

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Card 4

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"Grey fades to black"

Back

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Card 5

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"The stars begin their lies"

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