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Ghosts by Tom Dawe
Transcript of Ghosts by Tom Dawe
Summary of Poem
Tom Dawe expresses his solemnity in the poem. He relives his past through his memories, but even though they are happy memories, he is deeply sad because he can not go back. So now his memories are ghosts to him.
His memories might also be looked at as traumatizing and so it haunts him in his current life as a "ghost". He wants to forget the past but is incapable of doing so. His memories come rushing back to him, and he still remembers them in detail. He provides a descriptive recollection about these memories.
Tom Dawe is trying to portray a message that everyone's memories alter into ghosts eventually.
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a cultivar of plum tree
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"Ghosts" is a metaphor for his past
Images Portrayed in the Poem
cowbells, crying babies, wind blowing, pendulum clock, loon being shot
yellow flowers, young men flinging hats, etc.