In the first stanza, Duffy emphasises that the decision to move affected her entire family unit through the first person plural in the opening line:
Similarly, the deliberate assonance of reinforces her definite sense of belonging to and possession of a particular place.
A car driving through the Gorbals area of Glasgow in 1963
She describes the interior of the train as a which
The colour red has connotations of passion or anger, perhaps reflecting her own feelings about being forced to leave the city of her birth and early childhood.
At the same time, the word choice and alliteration of and emphasises her feelings of impotence and lack of control in the making of this important decision.
She recalls hearing
The optimistic mood of her mother acts as a distinct contrast to the obvious negativity of Duffy herself and is also slightly ambiguous - the reader is unsure whether their father is in the train carriage with them or if they are travelling to meet him at their destination.
She also remembers the behaviour of her younger brothers whose emotions seem to reflect her own: they are crying and one of them is bawling
The repetition and capitalisation of the word reinforces the misery and overwhelming sense of loss and separation that she associates with this time.
Duffy uses personification in the line to emphasise her own desire to return to Glasgow, to reverse this trip and reinhabit
Again, the first person plural of emphasises that, even though this poem is written from her own perspective, she very clearly considers the impact of the move not just on her but on the rest of her family. In contrast to her younger siblings, whose protestations are loud and vocal, Duffy is silent as she
The word choice of again exposes her uncertainty and anxiety as they head towards something unknown and unfamiliar.
Essay about Carol Ann Duffy's Mean Time
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Carol Ann Duffy's Mean Time
Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'Mean Time' is about loss of love and the different ways in which time brings about change or loss of life itself. The poem is very personal and autobiographical to Duffy's life as are most of her poems. 'Mean Time' is based on mourning your lost love and how regrets seem meaningless when one day you get up and realise its not just time which has passed you by, but time has stolen your life too, and in the end it will only be the mourning that you regret. The idea of time and how it is finite is one of the main themes in the poem.
The title 'Mean Time' could be emphasising a few points one of which is how time can be 'mean' when one needs a…show more content…
The stanza is ended by stating that it's 'our mistakes' she is recognising that her partner is not all to blame and they need to share mistakes, this shows the first sign of putting her life back together.
The poem moves on and tells us how she wants just 'one hour' to be lifted so she 'would never have said' the words she did. This sets the tone for the whole poem; regret and longing. It makes the reader feel that she has wasted enough time of her life on this one man, its time to move on. However one moment she is regretting spending too much time mourning her lost love, now she is stepping over old territory again, which makes the poem a bit cliché, so the sympathy for the woman is now lost.
One of the last important themes of 'Mean Time' is conveyed in the final stanza, this is how time is finite 'we will be dead' because death is rapidly approaching everyone, which highlights the fact that mourning is pointless. This is where the reader can relate to Duffy because they can share their 'mistakes' too because the events in the poem can happen to all most anybody. I believe that Duffy's conclusion is do not let your heart take control of your life, you need to no when to move on.
The language throughout is very calm and well organised which helps