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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, first published in her 1990 collection titled The Other Country. The poem describes the angst-filled transition between childhood and adolescence. Childhood is a safe and innocent place for the speaker until learning about sex and desire makes the world feel messy and confusing. The speaker longs nostalgically for the comfort and security of childhood, but also knows that change is irreversible; once you grow up, the poem implies, you can't go back.

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