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Title: A2 English Unit 4 Poetry


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A2 English Unit 4Poetry Carol Ann Duffy
  • Oslo

2
Oslo
  • The title is the name of a real place.
  • It is the subject of, but not named in the poem.
  • Four quatrains and a couplet to end.
  • Odd numbered lines rhyme or half rhyme.
  • Lines of almost equal length create a regular
    rhythm.

3
Oslo
  • Speaks directly to the reader.
  • Starts as instructions on what to do in a strange
    town.
  • Town personified as revealing itself.
  • Your own town could never do that because you
    have grown up learning it gradually.

4
Oslo
  • Being a foreigner, not speaking the language
    turns a person into a baby again, innocent.
  • Cliché- what cant speak cant lie?
  • Strangers, foreigners are seen as invisible why?

5
Oslo
  • Suggesting some bad behaviour. Getting up to
    mischief in a new place where no-one knows you.
  • Innocent baby or grown up naughty?

6
Oslo
  • Enjambment from second to third stanza.
  • Time passes, going from planning to go there to
    actually going through the door.
  • Brief phrases, indicating the speed at which
    events take place.
  • Ready to gamble.

7
Oslo
  • The writer implies this is the time for naïve
    tourists rather than real gamblers.
  • How are they described?
  • Repetition of bet suggests compulsive nature of
    activity.

8
Oslo
  • Fourth stanza starts with a cliché- win
    some/lose some.
  • Comparing gambling to life in general?
  • Hasnt caught the gambling bug as line one
    suggests writer is bored.
  • Child like what next?

9
Oslo
  • Hotel seen as home whilst in this foreign town.
  • With only a numbered key, impersonal no
    winnings.
  • Writer appears to know Oslo quite well.
  • Norwegian wood sly reference to Beatles song
    common referent in Duffys work.

10
Oslo
  • Last line of stanza
  • For now, youre lucky
  • Why?
  • Moves onto last stanza couplet implies you
    may have lost money at tables but somebody loves
    you.

11
Oslo
  • Very complex full last two lines.
  • Based on more clichés-
  • Lucky at cards/unlucky in love, or vice versa
  • Wishing on a star
  • Choose a star with lover and agree both will look
    to it.

12
Oslo
  • Sieve suggests selecting one from many.
  • Several incomplete phrases or sayings throughout
    poem.
  • How much of what is here follows Duffys frequent
    use of conversational style?
  • Where does she use figurative language?

13
Oslo
  • What is the general mood of the poem?
  • How did you come to these conclusion?
  • What can you cite from the text to support your
    views?
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