After the Lunch Flashcards Preview

AS/A Level English Literature > After the Lunch > Flashcards

Flashcards in After the Lunch Deck (7)
Loading flashcards...
1

Context

.

2

Structure

.

3

"On Waterloo Bridge, where we said our goodbyes,"

Begins with a refrain that repeats itself at the beginning of each stanza emphasising the importance of the location. An iamb followed by an anapaest (2 unstressed syllables followed by 1 stressed) creates lively pace.

4

"The weather conditions brought tears to my eyes.
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove,
And try not to notice I've fallen in love."

Mixes the mundane with the romantic. The black woolly glove is unglamorous. The parting is a practical one yet the reader knows that this simple parting hides deep feelings.

5

"On Waterloo Bridge I'm trying to think:
This is nothing. You're high on the charm and drink.
But the juke-box inside me is playing a song
That says something different. And when was it wrong?"

The speaker tries to rationalise her feelings and gain control. She provides herself reasons for her feelings , he is charming and she's had a drink. "Juke-box" metaphor for her heart locating it in the past. Her feelings are out of control like a jukebox. Last line asks rhetorical question suggesting she is acknowledging her heart is reliable and if it is telling her she is in love then she is.

6

"On Waterloo Bridge with the wind in my hair
I'm tempted to skip. You're a fool. I don't care."

"Wind in my hair" is classic trope for romance, signifying freedom and joy. The caesurae could represent the jaunty rhythm of skipping.

7

"The head does its best but the heart is the boss -
I admit before I am halfway across."

She argues with herself as her head tells her to be sensible, her heart dismisses the anxiety. Heart is metaphor for love and mind is metaphor for rationality.