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My Grandmother is a modern poem by Elizabeth Jennings.

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  • Submitted: 13/08/2003
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INTRODUCTION

My Grandmother is a modern poem by Elizabeth Jennings, which is about her relationship with her Grandmother. The poem is written using ordinary language making it easy to understand. Jennings is an extremely prolific poet. She does not write autobiographical poems, but her religious concerns, mental illness and other personal experiences influence the themes and insights expressed in her poetry. She was born in Boston, Lincolnshire.

There are 4 verses known as sestets of six lines each. The sestets rhyme AB, AB, CC e.g. Grass and Brass, Refused and Used, Prove and Love. This applies through out the poem. Some of the lines are full rhyming and some half, using a speaking voice not a singing voice.

There is repetition in the poem e.g., if you look at the second and the fourth paragraph, the words used and refused have been used twice.

The poem is very simple; the style she uses is very relaxed - like talking to a friend i.e. "Only the guilt of what I once refused".

The poem is divided into 4 stanzas. The stanzas describe firstly the similarity between the grandmother and the antique shop, secondly the relationship between

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