The context in which a poem was written can sometimes tell you more about its themes, message and meaning.
Some questions you might ask include:
You will need to research the poet’s background to discover answers to these questions. But if you do write about a poem and its context, be careful to include only details that reveal something about the poem.
Maura Dooley was born in Truro, Cornwall in 1957 and grew up in Bristol. She worked in Yorkshire for a time and has lived in London. There are details in the poem which suggest it may draw on personal experience, but we can't assume this to be the case.
Maura Dooley has written other poems which focus on the theme of communication; notably her 1997 poem The Message, which was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize.