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Natalia Strigin GK-Literature Task Interpretation of a poem Duncan Campbell Scott s poem The Forsaken deals with two stages in the life of a Chippewa women The first part contains an episode when she is a young mother fighting her way through the wilderness of the north-land with her sick baby during a great storm The second part deals with the time when she is left behind by her grandchildren to die This division into two parts concerning the content of the poem is also reflected in its structure Its is devided into two sections part one containing lines 1 to 53 and part two lines 1 to 41 which narrate these two stages in her life in between which lye about 60 years or two generations Moreover the two different episodes of her life are indicated by the structure of each of the two parts Whereas the first part is written in short verses the second part contains rather long ones which symbolizes the changes that have taken place during the two episodes of her life Even though the poem does not have a rhythmic pattern to it Scott creates its rhythm through the means of parallelism and repetitions Right in the beginning of the poem one finds Far from the Fort And far from the hunters or in lines 10 and 15 there can be found an example of parallelism Frozen and Hungry Polished and Barbed The use of these stylistic means can be found throughout the whole poem additionally emphasising the connection between the two parts of the poem Another stylistic means to relate to two sections is the use of certain words such as winter north-land island or cedars Moreover with reference to the content of the poem these repetitions create a partly similar setting creating a basis to emphasise the changes in the world of the women in the second part Whereas the above mentioned
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