Book Ends

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‘Book Ends’ by Tony Harrison presents his memories of the division between himself and his father after his mother’s death. It seems to be class and education that exposes their dysfunctional relationship. The Book Ends appear to be a metaphor for their lack of similarity and communication, suggesting they are complete opposites, also the repetition of the ‘books, books, books’ shows Harrison’s education driving that wedge between them. This is further implied when the speaker describes himself and his father as ‘the ‘scholar’ me, you, worn out on poor pay,’ suggesting that the speaker being a ‘scholar’ causes the separation. The inverted commas create a sense of sarcasm or a label that his father has given him, emphasising further their dissimilarity.
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