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A Commentary on The Lost Heritage by Heather Buck The theme of this poem is given away by the title The poem represents human heritage more specifically the hertitage of the poet Heather Buck I think this poem is her way of expressing her feelings and inhibitions about her painful past and the hardships she endured as a child growing up in a world of adults we hang our quiet landscapes tipping and tilting them till we achieve an uneasy marriage These are lines 18 19 and 20 in stanza three I believe that when she writes we she is refering to her parents and then she generalises as if all parents and all families were like hers I believe she is saying that her parents had a rocky marriage before she was born because she goes on to say Was the child with hands outsteched to the blaze less constrained Taking her place on the trampled earth floor with lambs brought in from the cold bitter springs The child is herself and shes saying that when she was born she was innocent because her hands were held out to fire which is a symbol of purity less contrained She uses a rhetorical question there and it says that even though she was a new born baby she was already interwined in the complex patterns of the heritage of herself and others Lines 19 and 20 show that she saw that life was not always joyful because they talk about the cold and bitter springs and hardly anyone would describe spring as being cold and bitter if they were feeling happy and positive Maybe she feels that she brought a new type of pain to her family Either that or she feels that she was brought into a world already full of pain and suffering Then in the last stanza she shows
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