In Mrs Tilscher’s Class Summary & Analysis by Carol Ann Duffy

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“In Mrs Tilscher’s Class” is a poem by the Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy. It was first published in her 1990 collection, The Other Country. In the poem, the speaker addresses a younger version of him- or herself, describing the transition between childhood and adolescence. For the speaker, childhood was a safe and innocent place. But when the speaker learns about sex—and begins to develop his or her own sexual desires—things change: the world becomes messy and confusing. The speaker of the poem longs nostalgically for the safety and innocence of childhood, but also knows that change is irreversible; he or she can’t go back.

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