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Flashcards in Walking Away Deck (4)
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1

Language-Natural imagery

'With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free into a wilderness.'

2

Structure

The final two lines of the poem are a conclusion- he understands that whilst it was a painful event, it was necessary as part of his son's development. 'How selfhood begins with a walking away, and love is proved in the letting go.'

3

Form

The use of the regular ABACA rhyme scheme reflects the steadiness of the father's parental love and the repetition of the A rhyme reflects how the memory is still affecting him years later.

4

Theme-Loss

'I have had worse partings, but none that so gnaws at my mind still.'