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It is the informal equivalent of the third-person impersonal pronoun ‘one’: One couldn’t just drop in, one had to phone . . And this is the non-participant equivalent of the first-person pronoun ‘I’: I couldn’t just drop in, I had to phone . . Again, there is distancing, but at the same time some retention of affective involvement represented by the residual participant force of the second-person pronoun ‘you’. Consider now how the third person is used to talk about the father in the poem. In the first verse, there is an account of what he actually does, his physical actions, expressed as a series of objective statements of observable fact.

It is about being cut off, disconnected, distanced. Linguistically, human relationships are mediated through the grammatical category of person, and in particular the personal pronouns. To quote from the recent Collins Cobuild English Grammar: ‘You use personal pronouns to refer to yourself, the people you are talking to, or the people or things you are talking about’ (Sinclair 1990: 29). It is through the categories of person (first, second, and third) that we make a connection between self and others and establish positions of identity.

I’m sure that very soon I’ll hear her key . . I knew she’d just popped out to get the tea. There is, then, in these three verses an increasing involvement, a gradual identification of the first person with the third person until they at times in effect fuse one into the other and the son articulates the feelings of the father in the father’s idiom (‘. . just popped out to get the tea’). 4 These verses, then, represent an ambivalence of position of the first person: he is both apart from and a part of what he describes, detached from the actions, and able to comment on them, but drawn into empathy with the feelings.

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