Andrew Forster's Poetry
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Andrew Forster - 'Brothers' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for Andrew Forster’s ‘Brothers’.
Brothers is written in the past tense, looking back on a childhood experience. The poem has an autobiographical and nostalgic feel. Andrew Forster was born in South Yorkshire and lived in Scotland for 20 years before moving to Cumbria in 2008.
Forster states: “The poem ‘Brothers’ is one of a number of poems based on childhood memories that appear in my first book ‘Fear of Thunder’ (2007). The story behind ‘Brothers’ was an incident where I had behaved very cruelly to my younger brother.” Is the poem apologetic? How sincere (heartfelt) is it?
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