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1

"We came from our own country in a red room"

-We, Vague, this happens to many
-Word choice of red = Fear, Danger, Anger, Stop

2

"Which fell through the fields"

-Image, Lack of control, Desperate

3

"our mother singing"

-Comforting childhood image

4

"to the turn of the wheels"

-emphasis on the journey

5

"bawling, Home, Home"

-onomatopoeia, highlights distress
-Italics of HOME, Duffy's child voice speaking directly to the reader calling for home

6

"as the miles rushed back to the city, the street, the house, the vacant rooms where we didn't live any ore"

-Word choice of rushed = speed, change was quick
-List = blunt/impact of things left behind

7

"I stared at the eyes of a blind toy, holding its paw"

-Childhood image
-looking for childhood comfort

8

"All childhood is an emigration"

-Central concern, childhood is constant change

9

"Some are slow leaving you standing, resigned, up an avenue where no one you know stays"

-Long sentence to emphasise slow change

10

"Others are sudden"

-Short sentence = sudden change

11

"Your accent wrong"

-Blunt, Duffy feels different

12

"Corners, which seem familiar, leading to unimagined pebble-dashed estates, big boys eating worms and shouting words you don't understand"

-Long sentence, to show confusing manner of a new home
-Weird childhood image (Eating Worms)

13

"My parents' anxiety stirred like a loose tooth"

-Simile = Parents worried, Duffy cant stop thinking she is upsetting them

14

"I want our own country"

-Italics, Young Duffy voice speaking directly to you = impact

15

"But then you forget, or don't recall, or change"

-But = change
-Stream of consciousness = gradual change

16

"seeing your brother swallow a slug"

-Her Brothers have settled into new home and adapted

17

"feel only a skelf of shame"

-Alliteration, Quick sound = Duffy feels slight guilt for leaving her original home behind

18

"my tongue shedding its skin like a snake"

-Simile: Duffy is losing her Scottish accent and sounding English = change

19

"in the classroom sound just like the rest"

-Duffy now fitting in, the change she had feared has disappeared

20

"I lost a river"

-Lost = Change has forced her to leave important things behind
-River Clyde = symbol of Glasgow

21

"Originally? And I hesitate"

-Young Carol Ann Duffy voice again uses title to show she is thinking about where she is really from
-Hesitate: Change complete. Where is home? CAD is no longer sure, Childhood in a nutshell, things always change and you move on , survive and change with it.