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Meaning

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  • Man reminisces childhood when he hears a woman singing
  • Poet tires to remain in present but memory is too strong & is ultimately pulled back into past
  • Left crying for his lost childhood and dead mother
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Context

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Published around time of mother’s death

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Imagery #1

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“A child sitting under the piano”

  • Child described - indefinite article “a”
    • Not clear that this is a specific child
      • = universal → can imagine ourselves there
    • Underlines fact poet is standing back and watching his own memory
      • Distance produced by time passing
      • & way for him to observe himself + possibly restrain his emotional response to memory
  • Child in intimate positions with instrument & woman
    • = he is nestled somewhere safe
      • Mother = shelter
    • = shows dominance of his mother
      • High above him creating music
  • “piano”
    • Musical instrument used to express emotion
    • Italian word: (direction of music) piece of music should be played softly
      • Poem describes soft and heartfelt moment
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Imagery #2

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Semantic field of comfort: “winter”, “cosy”, “tinkling piano”

  • Idyllic setting
  • “winter”
    • Gives interior scene sense of comfort and shelter form cold
  • “tinkling”
    • Very different from “boom” employed earlier
    • Pleasing, soft sound
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Tone #1

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Reminiscent + underlying sombre tone

“Softly, in the dusk”

  • “Softly”
    • Echoes musical meaning of title
  • “dusk”
    • Provides atmosphere of sadness
      • Time of day when light fading & night approaching
      • Metaphorically = poet about to face dark moment in his life
    • Hinge of the day = connects day and night
      • Poet occupies pivotal position between past and present of his life
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Tone #2

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Regretful

Simile: “I weep like a child for the past”

  • Uncontrollable in his tears
    • Crying ∵ longs for past
  1. Poet’s initial resistance to memory which deeply saddens him
  2. Eventually is defeated by its power & cries for lost past
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Structure

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  • Uniformity of poem
    • Rhyming couplets, equal no. lines per stanza and trochaic structure
    • Matches sense of harmony & security childhood memories bring
  • Rhyme and rhythm remain upbeat despite hints of negativity shown by words ‘insidious… betrays… weeps’
    • Reminiscent of music and its power to uplift
  • All lines but 1st enjambed
    • Mirrors engulfing nature of memory & its length
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Comparisons (3x)

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  1. “Half-past Two”
  2. “Do not go gentle into that good night”
  3. “Remember”
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“Half-past Two” Comparison

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Both poems about adult remembering childhood event
which was formative

10
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“Do not go gentle into that good night” Comparison

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Both poems about love the poet love for parent who is dead/dying

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“Remember” Comparison

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Both about memories after the death of loved one