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1 ‘Strawberries’ By Edwin Morgan

2 There were never strawberries like the ones we had that sultry afternoon Contrast - speaker compares strawberries he ate on this occasion with those eaten before. Shows how unique/memorable the particular experience is to the speaker. Not only memorable for their taste but for the strong feelings and happy memories associated with them. Word choice and pathetic fallacy - suggests heat and humidity. The weather represents passion/love of the encounter. Not only recreating atmosphere of the sunny day but also the vivid feelings of the occasion.

3 sitting on the step of the open french window facing each other your knees held in mine Image of two people interlocked/completely attached – suggests intimacy of the couple.

4 the blue plates in our laps the strawberries glistening in the hot sunlight Word choice – “glistening” suggest shining/beautiful or even precious. Experience remembered so fondly as one of beauty and perfection. Word choice/pathetic fallacy – suggests passion and strong feelings.

5 we dipped them in sugar looking at each other not hurrying the feast Image – position of pair is intimate and open. Just as the poem as no constrictions of rhyme and punctuation, so too the loves are completely open and uninhibited. Word choice – suggests something wholly satisfying/delicious, Moment/feelings associated with experience: sense of passion.

6 for one to come the empty plates laid on the stone together with the two forks crossed and I bend towards you sweet in that air Image - speaker returns to the intimacy explored earlier with reference to “knees”. Crossed forks symbolise closeness of two lovers. Image - speaker may be referring to strawberries, himself or the lover. Sweetness may represent the intimacy of the couple as well as their affection.

7 in my arms abandoned like a child from your eager mouth Image of intimacy again. Simile - comparison of lover to child suggests the tender way the speaker holds the lover. Carefree innocence and youth. Word choice - willingness or desire – reference to “hot” and “sultry” – passionate encounter.

8 the taste of strawberries in my memory lean back again let me love you Sentence structure – instruction followed by a request fits nicely with intimacy suggested by “legs” and “forks”.

9 let the sun beat on our forgetfulness one hour of all the heat intense and summer lighting on the Kilpatrick hills let the storm wash the plates Word choice/pathetic fallacy - link to heat and intensity of the moment. Symbolism - a dramatic image reflects the fiery passion of the scene. Suggests electricity associated with such strong feelings. Symbolism - the storm represents powerful emotions explored throughout the poem and the theme of love.


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