Themes

In this poem, Duffy reveals the importance of early childhood memories and experiences in shaping identity and also considers the impact of significant domestic changes during the formative years.

It is clear that even though Duffy was only six when she moved to England, her sense of Scottishness has stayed with her.

However, this affinity has resulted in a sense of confusion about her own identity and where she belongs and the poem is her own attempt to define more precisely where her true origins lie.

Although asserting that all childhoods involve change and transition, she feels a distinct pull towards this country that she left so young and there is a definite feeling of loss running through the poem.

In recalling how easily her brothers were able to adapt she emphasises her own sense of separateness.

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