Aunt Julia. Norman MacCaig. Isle of Harris – Famous for its Harris Tweed!. Aunt Julia. Norman MacCaig was influenced by visits to his mother’s family in the Highlands of Scotland, even though he was brought up in Edinburgh. Stanza 1.
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Norman MacCaig was influenced by visits to his mother’s family in the Highlands of Scotland, even though he was brought up in Edinburgh.
Aunt Julia spoke Gaelicvery loud and very fast.I could not answer her —I could not understand her.
She wore men's bootswhen she wore any.— I can see her strong foot,stained with peat,paddling with the treadle of the spinning wheelwhile her right hand drew yarnmarvellously out of the air.
Hers was the only housewhere I've lain at night
in absolute darknessin a box bed, listening tocrickets being friendly.
Personification to suggest something about her character
She was bucketsand water flouncing into them.She was winds pouring wetlyround house-ends.She was brown eggs, black skirtsand a keeper of threepennybitsin a teapot.
Metaphors to define her hard life
Aunt Julia spoke Gaelicvery loud and very fast.By the time I had learneda little, she laysilenced in the absolute blackof a sandy graveat Luskentyre.
But I hear her still, welcoming mewith a seagull's voiceacross a hundred yardsof peatscrapes and lazybedsand getting angry, getting angrywith so many questionsunanswered.