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Time and Place Poetry Quotes

‘Where we…the sea’
Where the Picnic was
Fire is a universal imagery of life
briar is wild plant – similar to his wild and free emotions at the time
establishes a pastoral image
(One Quote)

‘Last relic of the band/Who came that day!’
Where the Picnic was
merriment lost in time
relics are religious/precious
exclamation mark on last line highlights his excitement
(One Quote)

‘And one…evermore’
Where the Picnic was
caesura displays the overflowing emotions
blunt/explicit language
strong rhythm echoes the rhythm of life and death
(One Quote)

‘Yes. I remember Adlestrop’
Adlestrop
midway through conversation
recounting a memory
caesura shows he’s thinking
(One Quote)

‘steam hissed’
‘willows’
Adlestrop
aural and visual imagery
hissing threatening and a use of onomatopoeia
man made vs nature
(Two Quotes)

‘Farther and farther’
Adlestrop
separating himself off from the world
poignancy as he died in 1917 – far from this place
(One Quote)

‘charter’d’
‘marks’
London
repetition
sense of control/ownership
emphasises misery and hardship
(Two Quotes)

‘Runs in blood down Palace walls’
London
personification
reference to French Revolution
royalty has blood on its hands
(One Quote)

‘blights with plagues the Marriage hearse’
London
infertility
oxymoron
new beginning equals death as children will still live in squaller
(One Quote)

‘Oh, to be in England’
‘whoever wakes in England’
Home Thoughts from Abroad
change from first to third person for one line
relaxed
wishes he was back in England
(Two Quotes)

‘all the swallows!’
‘Blossoms and dewdrops -‘
Home Thoughts from Abroad
exclamation mark show his excitement at the memories
used deliberately along with a caesura to display thrill
(Two Quotes)

‘Far brighter than this gaudy melonflower’
Home Thoughts from Abroad
imagery
exotic – should win against buttercups
childhood memories
brighter is ambiguous in meaning
(One Quote)

‘Season…maturing sun;’
To Autumn
Sibilance – soft sound relaxes reader along with ‘mellow’ – peaceful
adjective sets a mood
personification – adresses Autumn directly
it is a natural beauty like no other – own identity
seasons change with the sun
grand and difficult rhyme scheme reflects beauty and complexity
(One Quote)

‘Who…store?’
‘cider…hours’
To Autumn
rhetorical question – apostrophising
repetition
atmosphere changes from the first stanza – mellowed/not as exuberant
relaxed tone – wonder and intense satisfaction
(Two Quotes)

‘redbreast whistles’
‘full grown lambs’
‘gathering swallows’
To Autumn
aural and visual imagery – robins are a symbol of winter – swallows sign of change
symbolism – winter and signs of change from previous stanza
spring and autumn will return – ‘swallows’ also represent stability
(Three Quotes)

‘Earth…more fair’
‘Dull…of soul’
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
end stop – confident pronouncement – nothing more beautiful
inverted syntax
sets up comparison to reader’s view of London
(2 Quotes)

‘All bright…air’
Westminster Bridge
end stop
octave
positive dictation
full of light like a jewel
buildings look like stars
London wasn’t smokeless – conflicts with reader’s knowledge
(One Quote)

‘Dear God!…still!’
Westminster Bridge
spondee – surprises reader and poet – city normally loud
end stop
perfect rhyme
personification
metaphor
tone of incredulity and wonder – ends similarly to opening
(One Quote)

‘I started…at me-‘
I started Early – Took my Dog
caesuras throughout poem creating dramatic pauses
domestic – on their own till imagery
myth and mystery – what is the relationship between the speaker and setting?
metaphor – after life sernario – suicide turned beautiful – Ophelia/Hamlet
(One Quote)

‘But no…too-‘
I started Early
companion/sensuality – no one made Dickinson feel like this
universal theme of tide/sea could be related to Merchant of Venice – inspired by Shakespeare
insistance on what is there – body/clothing
dashes show speed of envelopment – bewitched /fascinated/passionate/dangerous
romantic endeavours
personification
caesuras
(One Quote)

‘bowing…withdrew’
I started Early
caesuras
personification
lives in a city
respected (stare) – desire/power
pursuit – emotional/abandonment – recluse
(One Quote)

‘Plane… an angle’
First Flight
Short sentence – abrupt/immediately takes reader into situation
rest of stanza elaborates on writer’s anxiety –
feels more comfortable in a car
alliteration/sibilance/personification – animalistic (verb) imagery – attack/deadly/panic
disorientated – empathy – reader may have been in same situation
(One Quote)

‘This is rather a short hop for me’
‘Familiar…sites’
First Flight
free verse form
reported speech
contrast – clichés and truisms vs innocent, open sense of wonder
intrusion – see experience of others and how they cope compared to the writer
triad – familiarity not romanticised – reader may think it is uninteresting
(Two Quotes)

‘Mackerel wigs…sun’
First Flight
contrast
personification/metaphor – beautiful but dangerous
uncomfortable
contrast between cold and sun – senses no life but her own – alone even though she is surrounded by people (experienced)
(One Quote)

”But look at all this beauty’
‘bear to live there’
Stewart Island
conflict in ideas based on tone reader feels – two viewpoints – hear from ‘hotel manager’s wife’ first – sets up argument
contrast – people who like the island are wrong
critical adjective – burden of living there
enjambment of writer’s tone
doesn’t feel she belongs
more like a paragraph than a stanza – story like
(Two Quotes)

‘all hills…edge’
Stewart Island
creates an idealised view
dismisses description with general word ‘all’
underwhelming – doesn’t care
in congress – no personality
(One Quote)

‘bitten’
‘jetted’
‘jab’
‘I had…country’
Stewart Island
antagonistic towards human beings
verbs – painful/vivid/explicit – doesn’t express true horror
monosyllabic language
contrast to innocent children
foregone conclusion – progression from positive to negative
presenting her reality – reader wonders what happened before
(Four Quotes)

‘peacock-blue’
‘glistening…open’
‘candy…blood’
‘apple green’
‘silver bordered’
Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
precise description – establishes brightness and exotic nature
colour imagery – beauty
fractured identity – pain/uncomfortable – lines starting halfway across the page
(Five Quotes)

‘costume clung’
‘I was…fire’
Presents from my Aunts
borrowed identity – trapped
metaphor/universal imagery – phoenix/rebirth –
anger/embarrassment
stops her feeling comfortable with her half middle eastern heritage
doesn’t feel like she belongs
(Two Quotes)

‘conflict…newsprint’
Presents from my Aunts
conflict/contrast over where she belongs
split between two cultures expressed in her autobiographical poetry
imagery/verb is menacing/disturbing – anxious
(One Quote)

‘It took…landscape’
‘howling…wind’
‘Fearful and reassuring’
Hurricane hits England
different narrative – 3rd person – detached observer
metaphor/allusion to slave trade – something you don’t want to be reminded of
oxymoron – knows the suffering it can cause but it reminds her of Guyana
(Three Quotes)

‘Tell me…places?’
Hurricane
rhetorical questions – perplexed/confused
identifies strongly
contrast – left behind when she went to England
(One Quote)

‘break…in me’
‘shaking…within me’
‘earth is the earth is the earth’
Hurricane
metaphor – allowing emotions to be free – uniting Caribbean and English selves
sense of being
extended natural imagery – changing her thoughts
triad/repetition – England and Ghana are part of the same earth and writer – earth cannot change/can’t influence what it does
has not been deserted completely
(Three Quotes)

‘Small…click’
‘thrust’
‘trodden’
‘purple…weeds’
Nothing’s Changed
based on memory but set in present – immediacy
aural and visual imagery – derelict and uncared for
establishes barren landscape
powerful verb – physicality – atmosphere
hopeful ‘amiable’ – life/memory still there
(Four Quotes)

‘new…only inn’
‘bunny chows’
‘plastic table’s top’
‘spit…bone’
Nothing’s Changed
contrast – extravagant vs simple
alliteration
whites feel threatened
irony – knows his place
stream of conscience
ambiguous
familiarity – can’t change the way they were born
(Four Quotes)

‘Hands…glass’
‘Nothing’s changed’
Nothing’s Changed
figurative language/personification – passionate, violent anger
personification – unusual – wants fear to spread
last line is blunt – disappointed/despair
(Two Quotes)

‘I do…resort’
Postcard from a Travel Snob
inversion of typical postcard greeting
harsh alliteration of t – venomous – glories in her isolation
middle class vernacular
(One Quote)

‘This…by man’
‘There’s…miles’
Travel Snob
negative to positive
irony, division
alliteration of p
compound noun – often used in pretentious holiday literature
enjambment enhances comedic effect – makes it less convincing
(Two Quotes)

‘I’m not…trunks’
Travel Snob
speaker becomes part of the satire
precious, opinionated and derogatory
assume speaker is the same
outside own culture
contrast
(One Quote)

‘I heard…stand’
In Romney Marsh
encourages reader to be part of journey
warmth and brightness – peace
personification – beautiful sound
senses are attuned to surroundings – reader automatically engaged
(One Quote)

‘veil of purple vapour’
‘upper air like sapphire glowed’
‘roses…gates’
Romney Marsh
metaphor
simile
over exaggerated to engage
divinity – as beautiful as heaven
sensory/colour imagery – overwhelmed by natural beauty
switch from sound to sight
(Three Quotes)

‘darkly…roar’
Romney Marsh
metaphor
repetition
sibilance and onomatopoeic ‘clashed’ gives an accurate sense of sound – storm/power
high tide – non existent
repeating poet’s belief area will remain unchanged
intensely vivid – admiration
(One Quote)

‘Nothing…forget’
Absence
contrast – her feelings compared to situation – alternate rhyme shows regularity
repetition of ‘nothing’ shows the difference between her and the setting – wants to forget but loss is a strong memory – beauty she is finding hard to appreciate
place falling to ruin would have been an appropriate metaphor for relationship
(One Quote)

‘thoughtless…share’
Absence
adjective – not bring her the peace she wants – don’t take into account her feelings of misery
first person ‘ecstasy’ – religion/sex – euphoria – isolated from world – strong happiness changed into despair
structure may reflect rapid thoughts – nature of grief
(One Quote)

‘savage force’
‘earthquake…name’
Absence
violent adjective – life destroying/falling apart
triad/metaphor – gentleness disrupted by her powerful emotions – contrast
relationship has had an overwhelming effect on everything – clearly states
(Two Quotes)

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