(Original post by lonerism)
I have my anthology book and I annotated a few poems (other people annotated other poems)
I have no idea what Brothers is about but it's been annotated in my book so I'll tell you what someone has written.
"Saddled" in the first line = as though dumped on; holding responsibility fore. Horses metaphor.
"Ambled" = wandered - bus stop.
"Threadbare field" = thin - grass.
The reference to Sheffield Wednesday = related to Rotherham?
Line 6= You froze = metaphor to ice.
"Stopped in your tracks" = no bus fare - older boys had enough money.
Line 7 = "I sighed" = frustration; suggestion to his mum to go home.
Line 9 = "his smile was like mine" - feeling is mutual, both happy.
Line 12 = Look back could be reference to physically looking back or "looking back" on memories.
(sorry I haven't done this poem but maybe it's of some help)
All that's written is that there's plenty of religious references. Repetition = like a ritual; religious reference. (I'm so sorry, I'm trying to help but it's failing lol)
"Regiment" = soldiers.
"Spears" = weapons.
"Parade" = march of soldiers.
"Fallen dead" = soldier metaphor.
"Tall recruits" new soldires, new nettle.
"Sharp wounds" = caused by nettles, caused by life.
In Paris with you:
line 1: "Don't" = tone - irritated. "Of love" = subject. "Earful" = slang - ears are full.
line 2: "tearful" - "ful" again; upset.
line 3: evidently feeling lost and abandoned.
line 4: same as line 3; e.g lost / abaonded through the use of maroonded.
line 6: poet directly tells you he's angry. bamboozled = tricked and confused by her treatment.
line 7: again he's telling you he's angry, "resentful at the mess"
line 8: I admit I'm on the rebound - from one relationship into another.
line 18 / 19: the poet has been hurt and confused. he now needs to rediscover himself and find out again who he is and what he wamts.
in verse 3, everything changes. "don't talk to me of love" (repetition of verse 1).
"the hotel walls are peeling" pun; appealing... they appeal to him.
"i'm in paris, with all points south" heaven with your eyes mouth. she is paris; she is heavenly. the poet has mentioned her eyes and mouth.
This probably doesn't help but there you go..