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Piano by Mind Map: Piano
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Piano

STRUCTURE

broken regularity of the structure may suggest sadness the memory causes

rhyming couplets could indicate bond between mother and son

"so"

final stanza opens with this discourse marker

contrasts the present with the past, contrasts the brash singer with the gentle music of his memory

FORM

adapted sonnet

may suggest the love for his mother

TITLE

the focal point

the memory

MOTHER

"softly a woman"

gradually the woman fades into view as his mother

"a woman" depersonalises the memory at first

creates a sense of mystery and wonder at the start of the poem

"smiles as she sings"

soft, sibilant phrasing

suggests softness and lightness of a happy memory

SETTING

"vista of years"

panoramic view

creates a sense of the distance between the memory and the present

suggests that there are different views of different parts of his life

"winter outside"

contrast with the warmth of the family parlour

SOUNDS

contrast between "booming" and "tinkling"

between man and child

"insidious mastery of song"

music "betrays" him & causes him to become emotional about the past

contrast between "booming" and "tinkling"

CHILD

sits under the piano

suggests protection and vulnerability

"pressing her feet"

touching image of child participating in the making of music

MEMORY AND FEELINGS

"The glamour of childish days"

he is emotionally weakened by his memories

nostalgia affects him

the memory is a metaphorical flood that drowns him, does suggest rebirth: he can arise as a changed man

he is engulfed in sorrow

LINKS

Half-past Two