Exploring the themes and structure of Carol Ann Duffy's poem, The Way My Mother Speaks
Who says The day and ever?
The day and ever
A train guard
What is the effect of repeating The day and ever?
To mimic the rhythm of the train
To suggest her mother is forgetful
To convey that the poet is upset
What sort of evening is described in stanza two?
A peaceful evening
A warm evening
A slow evening
What are the colours of sky mentioned?
Too red and a cool grey
a cool grey
Too blue and a cool grey
Too dark and a cool blue
a cool blue
Nothing is not silent is an example of what?
Nothing is not silent
A double negative
I am happy and sad/ like a child. Which technique does Duffy use here?
I am happy and sad/ like a child.
A minor sentence
At what point in the year did the child dip a net into the pond?
At the end of winter
At the end of summer
At the end of spring
What are the connotations of the colour green in this poem?
Sadness and depression
Jealousy and anger
Innocence and naivety
Which of her mother’s phrases does Duffy repeat towards the end of the poem?
What like is it
Nothing is silent
What does the poet say she is in love with at the end of the poem?
The way she suddenly feels free
The way her mother speaks
The memories she has of childhood