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1

repetition off "very loud and "very fast"

denotes AJ's vitality - full of life and energetic

2

repetition of "I could not"

denotes frustration that language barrier exists between them

3

dash (caesura) "I could not understand her -"

highlights the literal divide between them through purposeful break in the text

4

word choice of "she wore men's boots"

suggesting her hard-working attitude, function over appearance, practical, nature of the tasks she has to carry out as a crofter on the isle of Harris

5

word choice of "- I can see"

suggests how vivid these memories are and that they are sacred to him

6

word choice of "stained with peat"

reflects AJ's unity with earth and land/nature of the tasks she is required to carry out as a crofter

7

onomatopoeic "paddling"

mimics the movement of the spinning wheel being operated by her foot, regular and repeating rhythm

8

length of line 9 OR long vowel sounds in "while her right hand drew yarn"

suggests the amount of time the spinning process takes, showing she is hardworking and patient

9

word choice of "marvellously"

suggests a young MacCaig's sense of magic/illusion which shows how much he admires her

10

Positioning of the pronoun "Hers (was the only house)"

shows her significance to him since he feels this sense of security when in her company

11

word choice of "absolute darkness"

suggests how frightening the experience must have been yet he feels comfortable since even the crickets are regarded as friendly

12

personification "crickets being friendly"

removes feeling of threat by emphasising his proximity to the 'warm and friendly' world of nature

13

metaphor of "she was buckets/and water flouncing into them"

suggests her vitality even as she carries heavy buckets, spring in her step since "flouncing" is a deliberate and vigorous movement

14

metaphor "she was winds pouring wetly"

reflects AJ's strong and forceful personality, through comparing her to the weather that surrounds her

15

metaphor "she was brown eggs, black skirts"

traditional, pragmatic and domestic with same connotations of an egg - hard exterior with a soft inner

16

word choice/metaphor "keeper of threepennybits/in a teapot"

suggests her frugality since now an obsolete coin as well as her eccentricity, individuality etc

17

earthy colours "black" "brown"

reflect her unity with nature - she has spent so much time outdoors, she is starting to look like it

18

Repetition of "Aunt Julia spoke Gaelic" in line 24

suggests turning point in the poem when the tone changes to a sombre and full of frustration/regret

19

enjambment in "she lay/silenced (in the absolute black)

emphasises the fact she is now dead and highlights the contrast between her previously noisy self

20

word choice of "absolute black"

contrasts "absolute blackness" in stanza 3, to suggest that now she is dead, he feels sadness since black is normally associated with loss/bereavement

21

word choice of "with a seagulls voice"

emphasise her connection with nature OR her squawky voice and her desperation to communicate with MacCaig in the normal way families do

22

repetition of "getting angry, getting angry"

shows the building of frustration felt by her/the poet now that he is no longer able to communicate at all with her

23

positioning of "unanswered"

reinforces the frustration felt by them and implies that this will remain unresolved for eternity since she is dead