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Were studying the poem Gone by Simon Armitage Its a very effective and detailed poem It works on a number of different levels and can have a number of different meanings It deals with issues of death and sorrow Its about a man who had just lost his wife and his inner feelings and memories The poem has a really heavy pace like a heartbeat of a man alone The mood of the poem is very sad and depressing This man sounds really upset and feels that he will never get over the loss of his wife The poem is made up of short sentences mainly For effect it gives a sense of sadness like he cant speak just trying to force back the tears He seems very confused and it has a few longer sentences mainly describing his feelings They are a lot of phrases he uses in the poem that are about what is going on but also manage to describe how he feels at the same time on many different levels for instance you could think of many different meanings for the phrase to feel the thump of the hearse door shutting out the light He explains that the hearse door shuts out the light but he might also say light meaning life And talk about how thats his old life when she was still alive or that was her life and now shes gone This poem is quite difficult to understand as the stanzas arent complete sentences run from one stanza to another Enjambment I do think that each stanza has a very vivid image but I dont think they each have a set of images because the sentences run through stanzas the images carry on too The stanzas are disjointed but this adds effect to the poem to tell it more like a story or a set of events rather than a subject
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