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On Her Blindness
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Refers to John Milton's poem
1. Enjambment- effort to bridge the gap loss of sight brings- 'replied but'
2. Stanzas show progression of blindness as sight deteriorates
3. Short stanzas- sense of brokenness, fractured
4. Lack of full stops- conversational tone, more personal
5. 'Leaf-fall'- hyphenated- quickens pace as death approaches
6. Abrupt ending when she dies- 1 lone- reader feels the loss as they search for the expected but missing line
'My mother could not bear being blind'
1. 3rd person observing events
2. Creates sympathy- deep suffering
3. Unusually blunt
4. Informal, personal tone
5. Dichotomy of the emotional value of the language & its simplicity
'whispered, "It's living hell to be honest Adam. If I gave up hope of a sure, I'd bump myself off."'
1. Direct speech- direct quote from the mother
2. Difficult to admit, taboo statement- critique of how people with disabilities are expected to act brave & unaffected
3. Dark humour with euphemism- coping mechanism from the mother
'The long, slow slide had finished in a vision as black as stone.'
1. Simile- darkness, lifeless, weight of grief for her and the sight she used to have
2. Dragged out moment- long o sounds
'"It's lovely out there.'"
1. Meaningless adjective- pretence, has memories of autumn but cannot enjoy reality as she cannot see anymore
2. Still acts like she can see but more obvious that she cannot
'She was watching, somewhere, in the end.'
1. Sight she lacked might be gained by her spirit in death- comfort as she no longer suffers
2. Abrupt ending with death- 1 line, sense of loss as the reader looks for the other line
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