A Coggle Diagram about ATTITUDES, FEELINGS AND IDEAS , ABOUT POEM (About the mothers emotional reaction, she feels lonely and scared for him , A mother describes her son leaving for the army and She describes herself visiting places that will give her a trace of him), FSL (LANGUAGE, FORM (No regular rhyme scheme or rhythm , Long sentences and enjambment make it feel like the writer is absorbed in own emotions, First person narrative means reader can feel emotions of character and Caesura show she is trying to hold emotions back with pauses used) and STRUCTURE), QUOTES ("Before" - When repeated sounds like the calm before a storm there are before's during's and after's , "Bandaged" - An image of being wounded This could suggest the writer is emotionally wounded and the soldier is wounded from war and "Individual war graves" - Ominous reminder that war kills individuals so loss is personal ), CONTEXT/WRITER (Jane Weir is a writer and textile designer and The influences of her broad cultural experiences as well as her knowledge of and interest in other art forms can be seen throughout her work.), SAMPLE ANSWER (The poem expresses the feelings a mother has about the death of her son in a war far away.
The form of the poem appears to be strong and regular. This shows that the narrator is trying to hold in the emotions that have been stirred up by the sight of poppies.
The structure of the poem however shows that there is a lot of emotion beneath the surface: the length of the stanzas and the lines begins to change more strongly.
Time goes backwards and forwards between when he was a child, when he left for war and when she is actually telling the story
The poem also creates several layers of language:
It uses literal images (e.g. poppies, blazer) to express strong detailed memories that have not faded with time.
It then uses similes and metaphors to express deep emotions, such as "gelled blackthorns", "released a song bird" and "like a treasure chest", "like a wishbone"
Finally it uses symbols, particularly the dove and the poppies to show how general meanings shared by us all can also contain deeply personal feelings as well.), THE POEM (Three days before Armistice Sunday
and poppies had already been placed
on individual war graves. Before you left,
I pinned one onto your lapel, crimped petals,
spasms of paper red, disrupting a blockade
of yellow bias binding around your blazer.
Sellotape bandaged around my hand,
I rounded up as many white cat hairs
as I could, smoothed down your shirt's
upturned collar, steeled the softening
of my face. I wanted to graze my nose
across the tip of your nose, play at
being Eskimos like we did when
you were little. I resisted the impulse
to run my fingers through the gelled
blackthorns of your hair. All my words
flattened, rolled, turned into felt,
slowly melting. I was brave, as I walked
with you, to the front door, threw
it open, the world overflowing
like a treasure chest. A split second
and you were away, intoxicated.
After you'd gone I went into your bedroom,
released a song bird from its cage.
Later a single dove flew from the pear tree,
and this is where it has led me,
skirting the church yard walls, my stomach busy
making tucks, darts, pleats, hat-less, without
a winter coat or reinforcements of scarf, gloves.
On reaching the top of the hill I traced
the inscriptions on the war memorial,
leaned against it like a wishbone.
The dove pulled freely against the sky,
an ornamental stitch, I listened, hoping to hear
your playground voice catching on the wind.) and SAMPLE QUESTION (How does the poet express feelings about death in Poppies?)