Flashcards in The Emigree Deck (48)
Who wrote the Emigree?
What is the effect of an ellipses?
It creates a caesura, indicating flashbacks of past memories
What language device is "sunlight-clear"?
What effect does the repetition of "accuse" have?
It gives a sinister identity to the new city's oppression
What is an example of personification?
'My city comes to me'
'Time rolls its tanks'
What key techniques are used?
What is the theme presented?
Individual freedom versus forced absence
What method is used throughout?
What is the effect of synaesthesia?
Shows the confusion of memories
Emphasises the flawed but joyous nature of the memory
What does "I am branded by an impression of sunlight" convey?
Sense of marked for wrongness
How does the poem begin?
'There once was a country'
When did she leave the country?
When she was a child.
What do the words 'sunlight-clear' and 'bright' suggest about her memories?
They are positive
What does the 'white streets of that city' suggest?
The city is pure.
What is taken away when she moves to the new country?
What could the references to light and dark represent?
Good and Bad
Which poem does it link with most effectively?
Checking Out Me History
What is an emigrant?
Someone who leaves their country to settle in another, permanently
There is a strong sense of what in the poem?
What is one way a sense of danger communicated in the poem?
The repetition of "they"
- it is not revealed who "they" are, though, the reader implies "they" are a threat
What could the city represent?
Anything that the speaker has had to leave behind
What is the effect of the poem being written in first person?
It creates a personal ad intimate tone
What techniques mirror how fragmented and war-torn the place she has fled from is?
The lack of regular rhythm and rhyme
What is another effect of enjambment in the poem?
It gives the poem fluidity and a certain gentleness and tenderness.
This could emphasise her affection towards the city.
Compared to the lack of regular rhyme or rhythm, what could the regular stanzas reflect?
They could reflect the speaker's refusal to the let the disruption and war overpower her memories.
What could the slightly longer final stanza reflect?
Her desire to prolong those positive memories (e.g. how she is dancing through the city)
What are some of the key themes explored in the poem?
Danger and bravery
Memory and Nostalgia
Give an example of personification in the poem:
"I comb its hair and love its shining eyes"
What is the effect of the personification in "I comb its hair and love its shining eyes"?
It intensifies the sense of the speaker's love and affection towards the city