Literary text: Originally (Stanza 2 ("leaving you standing,…
Literary text: Originally
Detachment from society
Loss of control
Loss of cultural identity
"red room which fell through the fields"
"the miles rushed back to the city"
"the eyes of a blind toy, holding its paw"
Empathises with doll; she cannot see her future; only friend is the toy
"leaving you standing, resigned"
"Corners, which seem familiar, leading to unimagined pebble-dashed estates"
"where no one you know stays."
"Your accent wrong"
"parents’ anxiety stirred like a loose tooth"
Usage of second person pronoun
Only person involved in speech-like narration is persona, distinct from Duffy
Intensifies feeling of loneliness, detachment
Interacts with reader
reveals speaker's character and inner feelings
Collection: “The Other Country” – themes of transition from one place
discusses the speaker’s physical transition/migration from Scotland to England
Carol Ann Duffy
"forget, or don’t recall, or change"
lack of self-understanding
a skelf of shame"
"voice in the classroom sounding like the rest"
And I hesitate."
unable to identify herself with rest of community
confused state of personal identity
'strangers', still feels foreign
"river, culture, speech, sense of first space
and the right place"