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A PHOTOGRAPH

Shirley Toulson

” .” •“With The laboured ease of loss.Index • About Poetess •Summary •About the poem •Poetic devices •References to context •“And the sea. which appears to have changed less” •“ Washed their terribly transient feet.

. and found herself following the routes taken on their journeys by the saints of the early church. She is a leading authority on ancient tracks and drove roads .Shirley Toulson Shirley Toulson has been writing books on the social history of the countryside since 1974. She lives in Somerset and was drawn into the spell of Celtic Christianity as she worked on her books dealing with the oldest roads and folklore of Britain and Ireland. Another famous work by Shirley is 'The Drovers Roads of Wales„.

which were being washed by sea water have left imprints on the sand. It portrays the occasion when they went for a swim on the beach. . The poet feels at a loss of words to comment on this event—her death. It is the old photograph that moves him to silence. • A cardboard shows the picture of three girls. The poet pays a tribute to his mother. • Their feet .the poet‟s mother and two of her cousins holding hands. • Now the poet‟s mother is dead. It is a time before Shirley was born. Her holiday and her laughter are amusing in an ironic way as they are linked with her loss that requires a forced state of freedom from pain. • It is a precious memory for the poetess. The poetess' mother is in the middle.Summary • The poem A Photograph is written by Shirley Toulson. The sea hasn't changed in so many years.

. change and acceptance . It talks about helplessness . THEME The poem talks about how “death can silence you and leave you speechless” .About the poem MOOD The mood of the poem is nostalgic and sad . .

4. ALLITERATION: the repetition of a beginning sound “With the laboured ease of loss” The poetic device used in this phase is hypallage. “Its Silence Silences….” The poetic device used is personification.Poetic Devices 1. MOOD: the emotional effect of poem or story 2. “All three stood still to smile through their hairs. PERSONIFICATION: the giving of human traits to nonhuman things incapable of having those traits. HYPALLAGE: an exchange within a statement between the epithets assigned to specific nouns. The mood of the poem is nostalgic and sad . 3. .” The poetic device used in this phrase is alliteration.

The scene captured by the photograph has also changed in certain ways . The poetess mother has died and lost her laughter . things change . But the sea remains unchanged with time . “ With time . but I go on forever “ .. “ Men may come and men may go . which appears to have changed less. The poetess life is changed in many ways .“ And the sea.

temporary human life is as compared to nature. Transience. in a way.” The words "transient feet" has a special significance... TRANSIENT: [noun] one who stays for only a short time..“ Washed their terribly transient feet. indicates death as well. They show how transient. "transient laborers" .

• It is difficult for her to put her past behind and move on .“With The laboured ease of loss.” • The poetess has lost her mother . • Acceptance :. . and so the laboured ease of loss sets in.The poetess has had to bow down in front of destiny and accept the turn of events in life .

The event –death seems to have covered everything in a shroud of silence.” Here. . the poetess expresses the silence of sadness .“It’s silence silences “.

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