Before You Were Mine
The poem is written in four equal stanzas [stanza: A group of lines of poetry that make up a unit - like a paragraph in a piece of prose; a verse. ] of five lines each. How does this help you to 'see' the poem?
Think about how the language contributes to the mood of the poem. Here are some points to consider:
"you laugh / the bold girl winking in Portobello"...
"you sparkle and waltz and laugh"
"the thousand eyes". Her mother dreams of
"fizzy, movie tomorrows"and she imagines her mother meeting a boyfriend
"under the tree, with its lights".
"possessive, loud yell"was heard. The phrase
"I'm not here yet"sounds almost like a warning to her teenage mother-to-be that the fun will end when she arrives.
"I'm not here yet". She speaks to her mother in a familiar way:
"The decade ahead of my loud, possessive yell was the best one, eh?"
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