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'My Grandmother' by Elizabeth Jennings (born 1926)

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'My Grandmother' Elizabeth Jennings (born 1926) In many of Elizabeth Jennings poems she reflects the difficult personal experiences of her life. Many of her poems deal with themes of family, friendship, suffering, loneliness and religious experiences, without them being too sentimental. In this poem Elizabeth Jennings has set it out in four stanzas. Where each stanza tells a part to her story. Elizabeth Jennings is talking about her own experiences with her grandmother. The poem is a memory of her childhood and she is looking back at it. People have lots of different opinions about what a Grandmother is supposed to be like. Some people think that they should be caring to others, loving to their families, always going to play bingo, constantly knitting something for their grandchildren and never unkind to others. Even thougfh all Grandmothers are not like that we class as to be all the same and we always classify them as being old and frail. Some Grandmothers are fit and healthy always doing something active. We should not classify all Grandmothers to be old either because some of them might be younger than you think. On the other hand when we do say that all Grandmothers are kind and caring some may not be. ...read more.


Her Grandmother asked her Granddaughter if she would go out with her but she refused and thought her Grandmother would own her but not love her. She felt abstinent, and felt she should have gone with her, but also had to say what she felt. She did not want to go with her, so she said 'no'. Line 10. Though she never said That she was hurt, I still could feel the guilt Of that refusal, guessing how she felt.' She was starting to feel guilty about refusing to go out with her Grandmother. Elizabeth did not know what her Grandmother was thinking or feeling when she refused to go out, but she guessed she was not happy. Even though her Grandmother said nothing she still felt guilty about what she had said. The third stanza is when her Grandmother gets more frail, and is not able to keep the antique shop running. The third stanza is what the Grandmother does in retirement. She has a sense of loneliness because she spends more time with her shop than with the people who care about her. She replaces her family with her hobby and her passion for the antique shop. ...read more.


She walked into her Grandmothers room and saw all of her belongings, which was in there, and realised that she needed none of it. She never used any of it. It was just wasted. In her room there was no dust or finger marks where the dust would be collected over a day or two. It was beginning to show because she was not there to clean it. The language used in the poem was quite simple. The poem was set in the mind of a child and the memory of Elizabeth Jennings's. There is a rhyme pattern. In the first stanza we can see that in the first and third line there is rhyme. In fifth and sixth line there is eye rhyme. This is when you read it out - loud it does not sound as if it would rhyme, but when you look at it, it looks similar because both 'prove' and 'love' end with '. ove.' Half rhyme has been used in the second stanza when it says ' guilt' and 'felt'. These two words sound nothing like each other or look alike, but the last letter of either word is the same, which makes them end on the same note when you say them. Lucinda Wride ...read more.

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