“An examination of her body after death

When I read “An examination of her body after death” by Glen Colquhoun, I have noticed there are many techniques used to portray different moods. He uses negitives repeditivly  to shows his grief. And he uses metaphors to show his denial using his comparisons of what she looked like when she was alive to what she looks like now.

The first important idea in this poem is denying his friends death; the author uses repetition of negatives at the beginning of each verse. “You are not her face” is an obvious display of the denial that Colquhoun is feeling and how he cannot accept her death and is showing his anger and frustration and is an example of the negatives he is repeatedly using. This constant use of the negative ‘not’ really shows us the denial has going through.

Another important idea is remembering his friend when she was alive; this is shown by a common use of metaphors. A metaphor he uses is “Who has corrected the drawings of children with expensive artists?”  This is contrasting his friend, face when she alive, to how it looks now while she is dead. Colquhoun is comparing his friends face when she was alive to the “drawings of children” implying there were many faults that were not there before. This metaphor helps us understand the strong sense of remembrance he feels when he sees the dead body and how different it is to the friend he loved.

This poem clearly shows colquouns grief and denial by negatives and metaphors. We can tell this through his repetitiveness and strong memories of his loved one. Because of these techniques colquoun clearly shows and gets across the main points of this cleaver poem