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1

It was late September

Short declarative sentence to set scene

Factual, matter of fact

2

Unwind

Relaxed

Gently

Word choice

Sense of calm, warm domesticity

Suggests soft, comforting atmosphere

3

Steamy breath

The kitchen is personified

4

Snapping

Harsher sound contrasting earlier atmosphere

5

The dark of the ground seems to drink the light of the sky

Sense of foreboding through use of dark and drink which remove the light

"Drink" personification

6

-We grew fondante d'Automne-

Duffy eludes to the colour gold

Parenthesis- extra detail suggests humerus undertone in that she is almost showing off a bit. Proud

7

Like a lightbulb. On.

Simile suggests shape of a pear and light from it (gold)


Short sentence, single word

8

Is he putting fairy lights in the tree?

Rhetorical question, incredulous and slightly comical

9

The doorknobs gleamed

Whimsical, pretty

Doesn't fully realise what's happening, quizzical

Detailing the changes as she sees them

10

He drew the blinds

Back to the factual narrative account

Passive shock, not reacted yet

11

Field of the cloth of gold

Historical event between the kings of England and France

12

Miss macready

Could link to the poet personas history teacher

Could also be a reference to iconic 60s TV star with golden hair

13

Like a king

Links to the field of the cloth of gold

Reference to king Midas

Sense of superiority and greed

14

Strange, wild, vain

List emphasises how his character has frighteningly changed

15

What in the name of god is going on

Colloquial term - adds to realism and contemporary nature of poem

16

He started to laugh

In this moment he is oblivious to any negative consequences

17

He was standing... he came into the house... he drew the blinds... he sat in that chair...he started to laugh

In the first part of the poem the emphasis is on him

18

I served up the meal

Factual, domestic

Still shocked

19

The teeth of the rich

Links to greed

The corn kernels resemble teeth

20

Shaking hand

Physical reaction

Starting to realise

21

Fragrant

Links to former comfortable lifestyle showing they didn't need more - greed

22

Bone-dry

Suggests death of the relationship

23

Glass, goblet, golden chalice, drank

List is progressive from the ordinary to the extraordinary

Guttural alliteration suggests drinking sounds

24

I started to scream. He sank to his knees

Full realisation hits them both

Turning point

25

I finished the wine...I made him sit... I locked the cat... I moved the phone... I didn't mind... I couldn't believe my ears

Repetition of personal pronoun showing her taking control of the situation - empowerment

Contrasts the repetition of "he" from before

26

Keep his hands to himself

No physical contact, he can never touch her again

Shows beginning of loneliness and solitude

27

The toilet I didn't mind

Humour

Gold toilet is decadent but funny

28

Look, we all have wishes; granted

Accepts and acknowledges that it is normal to wish for things

29

- but who has wishes granted

Word play emphasises abnormality of the wish literally being granted

30

Him.

Single word

Sarcastic, annoyed