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Copy of Nostalgia by Carol Ann Duffy

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Jacqueline Wright

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Nostalgia by Carol Ann Duffy

Nostalgia What is the poem about? Speaker Voice by Lee Harper Themes Nostalgia Time In this poem one would assume that the speaker is in fact the narrator, who is making a generalisation about the sadness that the soldiers, as a whole, had to endure. The speaker is presented as someone who would have had a personal experience of war and this sense of nostalgia before, therefore they would have a deeper understanding of how a soldier would have felt. The speaker makes the reader feel sympathy for these soldiers by using emotive language such as ‘wept’ and ‘fear’ etc. The speaker also helps to reiterate the extreme effects that war can have on a man by stating that whilst they may be back to their old town which is kept exactly as it was left, ‘everything had changed’, his mentality, his heart and his life. In this poem I believe the voice is presented as the soldiers as a collective. Whilst the narrator is the only one who speaks, due to their extensive detail about how the soldiers would have felt, we feel a real connection to them, causing them to develop characteristics of their own. How does it compare to Head of English and In your mind. The poem contrasts both poems in some ways, and in other ways is quite similar.
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.
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