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Originally, by a Scottish poet named Carol Ann Duffy, is a poem written in blank verse consisting of three stanzas, each containing one octave.

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Originally Originally, by a Scottish poet named Carol Ann Duffy, is a poem written in blank verse consisting of three stanzas, each containing one octave. It can be assumed that the poet is talking about herself since it is written in the first person. The poem seems to be a melancholically thoughtful approach to travelling and moving on in life, both physically and mentally. This follows on to a much deeper questioning of where she is from and finally who she actually is. In the first stanza it is clear to see several connections between certain words using assonance, rhyme and half-rhyme. E.g., "fields" in line 2 connects with "wheels" in line 3, "Home, Home" of lines 4 and 5 relate to "rooms" of line 6, and finally, "more" of line 7 and "paw" in line 8. The rhyming slowing fades away, possibly symbolising the loss of familiarity and the fear of the unknown. The rhymes could also symbolise familiar memories of "home". By the second stanza, the rhyme is gone completely, introducing the "new" and unfamiliar world for the child. ...read more.

Middle

This is again a childhood comfort as much as the location is. The oxymoron "blind toy" used, may suggest that the familiarity of the environment is also just an illusion. The tone and content of the second stanza has become harsher and more direct. Instead of the seemingly hopeless longing for familiarity and comfort, portrayed by "bawling "Home, Home"", the child is slowly starting to appreciate the change. The structure of this stanza portrays different types of emigration: "Some are slow..." is read as a very lengthy line with long consonant on the main word. "Others are sudden. Your accent wrong." are strikingly short, direct and clipped, emphasised by the short consonantal sounds ("c" and "t") and here again, the contrast between the two types of emigration is marked. The language is also starker and uglier, "big boys eating worms," for example, to portray the unsavoury reaction to the new, strange surroundings. The simile of "anxiety" and "loose tooth" suggests uneasiness of which one is always conscious. The last stanza shows a dulling of the senses. The syntax is again significant. ...read more.

Conclusion

The interrogative rhetorical technique ("Do I only think..."), without answers, builds in a crescendo of longing. The word "only" indicates the poet has lost much more than those concepts in her somewhat emotive list, the rhyme of "first space" and "the right place" the most emotively nostalgic moment of the poem. However, the form of the poem is significant. The exposition and interrogation of the concepts of identity and belonging in the first two stanzas can never be resolved in the third. Indeed the author has a crisis of identity, and the hesitation mimes this lack of identity. The deeply personal and subjective nature of the poem is its underlying appeal. The coldness and objectivity of analysis of the second stanza cannot be maintained and this only leads to a tone of contempt, resignation, and an inability to answer basic questions concerning identity. Overall, the poem is about emigration, both physical and spiritual, from that which is familiar, warm and secure to that which is unfamiliar, foreign and hostile. It is a necessary process, but this necessity fails to make it any easier to bear. ...read more.

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