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Copy of Nostalgia by Carol Ann Duffy
Transcript of Copy of Nostalgia by Carol Ann Duffy
The poem 'Nostalgia' is like 'In Your Mind' in the sense that they are both talking about memories and finding respite in the sanctity of your mind when life gets hectic. However the use of imagination is a lot more evident in 'In Your Mind' as the things that Duffy conjures up are far more abstract than the simple memories in 'Nostalga'.
'Nostalgia' is not very similar to the poem 'Head of English' in many ways. The only evident similarity is that they are both most probably true stories that did not require a lot of imagination to write. Form The sense of Nostalgia is enforced throughout the entire poem, from the title, to the last line. Duffy wrote the poem in such a way that every line that was written somehow reinforced the feeling of nostalgia. The soldiers in the poem (the voice) are suffering from nostalgia; they miss their homes and their loved ones dearly. From line 5 to line 8 Duffy shows how the sense of nostalgia begins to build in the soldiers, she claims that everything was wrong; 'the wrong taste', 'the wrong sounds', 'the wrong smells', 'the wrong light', 'every breath - wrong'. Claims such as this suggest that everything that soldiers experienced during the war was wrong, in comparison to the right feelings that they would have experienced at home, inducing a sense of nostalgia. Thanks for watching The theme of time is also presented in the poem, although it is not presented as strongly and thoroughly as the theme of nostalgia, it is evident in the poem.
In the last stanza, in line 25, Duffy states that 'It was in spring when one returned, with his life'. This shows that the solders had been gone for a long time, enduring such cruelties that the war had to offer, and the emphasis on the fact that one returned with his life shows us how it could be conceived as quite a rare thing to return at all. This poem is written in three stanzas, the first two stanzas being 9 lines long whilst the last stanza is 10. It could be written in this form to allude to the progression of the feeling of nostalgia, the last stanza describes the end to the nostalgia, after the escalation of sadness, the soldier returns home to find that everything seems different to how he had remembered it. The poem Nostalgia is about war and how the soldiers miss their homes and their loved ones.
The vast majority of the poem tells us of how the soldiers reminisce about their home towns and the fond memories that they had. Duffy then contrasts this warm, happy feeling with the concept of war and the suffering that the soldiers would undergo.
This makes us feel a mixture of sympathy and sadness as we feel as though the soldiers do not deserve to feel this way.