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A2 English Unit 4 Poetry – Carol Ann Duffy Oslo.  The title is the name of a real place.  It is the subject of, but not named in the poem.  Four quatrains.

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1 A2 English Unit 4 Poetry – Carol Ann Duffy Oslo

2  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 can’t speak can’t 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?  Hasn’t 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 Duffy’s work.

10 Oslo  Last line of stanza – For now, you’re 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 Duffy’s 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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