My Grandma

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My Grandmother 

This poem explores the relationship between the speaker and her  grandmother. It focuses on the remorse and guilt she felt - and  perhaps does still feel - about the way she behaved towards her on one  occasion, and can be seen as an attempt to exorcise this. 

The poem is divided into four parts: the first stanza describes her  grandmother working in the shop; the second the incident which causes  her guilt; the third stanza shows her in retirement. In the final  stanza, after her grandmother has died, the speaker reflects on  herself and her grandmother's life. 

The first stanza sets the scene - the antique shop reflects the  character and life of the grandmother. The words 'it kept her' suggest  that it seems, to the speaker, her only reason for living; the  grandmother's concern is with surface appearance ('polish was all')  not with deep human feelings ('there was no need of love'). Her  solitariness is suggested in the fact that it is only 'her own  reflection' she sees reflected in the antiques; it is these she lives  'among', not people. The antiques them...

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... after she had passed away now the guilt is 
just kicking in and the old women's life has just began to open. 

In the very last stanza I think that the very last chapter in the old  women's life is beginning to come to an end. Nothing is left in memory  of her: 

"..and no finger marks were there" 

I think that now her life is over and that her family have been  excluded, their lives have had a fundamental change and new dust had  just began to settle over the rather cold possessions she seemd to  value over her children and grandchildren.
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