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1

Author?

Joanna Bailey

2

Story?

A 1st person child speaker, speaks to his silent ageing/ dying grandfather

3

Themes?

Powerful emotion, loss, innocence, memory

4

Tone?

Nostalgic, sad, regretful

5

Form and structure

Shortened last lines- grandfathers life is ebbing away

Contrast between past and present- sense of loss “you used to smile” “you take me seldom on your knee”

Final couplet breaks from rhyme- grandfather is dead?

6

Language?

Repetition of dad- reflects child speaker and closeness in relationship

Vivid description of grandfather- emphasises age “old and frail” “Lank and thin”

Symbolism of fire- suggests grandfathers fire is going out, coldness and death “and when the weary fire turns blue”

7

Context?

Emotional topic in this poem is typical of romantic poems from this era

Female poets were unusual at this time, and this captures the domestic subject