The poem is framed by two short stanzas which locate where the grandmother lives.
It opens on the
second floor of a tenement. The view of the
cemetery suggests somewhere peaceful
The final stanza is set on the
ground floor of a high rise where the grandmother has been rehoused. There is a contrast of mood - the
screaming ambulances suggest that modern society will do little to soothe the elderly woman in her last days.
The body of the poem is divided into three sections. Each one describes a different house connected to the grandmother:
favourite place- the bedroom filled with the clutter and
high riseflat the poet's grandmother moved to in the late 1960s. We learn of the grandmother's attempts at
settling inwhile maintaining her routine: her work and church visits
cleaning housewhere the grandmother works, and this introduces themes of class and the old versus the younger generation
The poem is written in free verse with a strong colloquial style. This allows Kay to weave the different voices of into her poem - child, mother, grandmother, the posh woman.