In Mrs Tilscher’s Class is a poem written by Carol Ann Duffyabout her past memories of her primary school teacher, who was very much loved.In this essay, I will be explaining the techniques that Carol Ann Duffy used tocreate a vivid description and the excitement of Mrs Tilscher’s class. Inthe first stanza, Duffy starts by saying, ‘you could travel up the Blue Nilewith your finger, tracing the route’.
In using the pronoun, ‘you’, it already hooksthe reader as the chatty vibe makes us feel like we are being talked to. Also, asDuffy states ‘traced the route’, it becomes more real and clear, making usimagine the journey she is taking them through. In addition to the livelyatmosphere, Duffy writes, ‘chanted the scenery’. Throughout the first twostanzas, the use senses are used often, in ‘chanting’, ‘tracing’ and more. The word’chanted’ tells us that she is singing and it shows that Mrs Tilscher was avery energetic person, making the classroom more enjoyable.
Duffy then usesone-word sentences that sound as if they were coming straight out of theteacher’s mouth in a chant, ‘Tana. Ethiopia. Khartoum. Aswân.’ A metaphorfollows in the line, ‘a skittle of milk,’ this makes the milk bottles seem likeskittles or bowling pins, and as bowling is a fun game, it makes the classroomseem happy and enjoyable.
Finally, from the first stanza, in the line, ‘Thelaugh of a bell’, Duffy uses personification, which adds to the excitingclassroom as laughter is an expression of happiness.