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‘The Farmer’s Bride’

‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew revision notes GCSE English Ormerod

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‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew SUMMARY Tells the story of a farmer who marries a girl who is frightened by the experience and tries to run away. It is told from the farmer's point of view - she does not speak in the poem. She chooses to sleep in the attic away from him and he longs for her.
‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew THEMES Unhappy love. To the farmer, the relationship with his wife should be functional and uncomplicated.
‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew FEELINGS Loneliness. Regret.
‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew STRUCTURE Strong use of rhyme. Six stanzas which vary in length. Sense of time passing - the poem starts with 'Three Summers since' and towards the end 'Christmas-time'.
‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew LANGUAGE Uses colloquial language to create character of the farmer in his natural setting. Wife frequently compared to a wild native animal. 4th stanza is a sensual, admiring description. Uses sibilance to suggest whispered appreciation. Many images from nature.
‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew KEY QUOTES ‘a little frightened fay’ (=fairy) ‘Shy as a leveret, swift as he’ ‘turned the key upon her fast’ ‘her hair, her hair’
‘The Farmer’s Bride’ Charlotte Mew LINKS TO… ‘Hour’ and ‘In Paris with You’ love seen as an intense experience ‘To His Coy Mistress’ frustrated narrator
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