6th March 2018

Close reading poems

The Islands [Charles Brasch]


(1)Always, in these islands, meeting and parting

(2)Shake us making tremulous the salt-rimmed air;

(3)Divided and perplexed the sea is waiting

(4)Birds and fishes visit us and disappear.


(5)The future and the past stand at our doors ,

(6)Beggars who for one look of trust will open

(7)Worlds that can answer our unknown desires ,

(8)Entering us like rain and sun to ripen


(9)Remindingly beside the quays,the white

(10)Ships lie smoking; and from their haunted bay

(11)The godwits vanish towards another summer:

(12)Everywhere in light and calm murmuring

(13)Shadow of departure; distance looks our way;

(14)And no one knows where he will lie down at night.


  1. The setting is in the islands as the poem is called “The Islands”.  In the 1920-30
  2. This poem is written in First Person  as in the 2nd line it says shake us so thats meaning themself and someone else
  3. This poem is pretty formal .
  4. There is no colloquial language or slang throughout the poem. This is the reason it is a formal poem.
  5. Language features: “Distance looks our way” is personification, “the future and the past stand at our doors” is another example of personification,

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  1. You now need to write up your analysis in to a paragraph, Marcus


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