• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"A Case of Murder" by "Vernon Scannel" is a poem which deals with a very unusual topic; the murder of a cat by a nine year old boy. The poet brings the poem alive by using different writing techniques e.g. line lengths

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"A Case of murder" by Vernon Scannel Critical response to literature by Gregor Baird "A Case of Murder" by "Vernon Scannel" is a poem which deals with a very unusual topic; the murder of a cat by a nine year old boy. The poet brings the poem alive by using different writing techniques e.g. line lengths, no rhyme or pattern this holds my attention more and stops the rhyme merge into one tone. He also uses writing techniques such as Repetition, Figurative language, structure & rhyme. In the poem the boy has been left with a cat in a basement flat and the cat is just sitting buzzing away. This really annoys the boy and the hatred that has gathered up in the boy. This results in the boy hitting the cat then prodding the cat then crushing the cat in between the door. In result to this the boy cries and decides to get a shovel from the cupboard under the stairs and he shovels the cat into the cupboard under the stairs. Although the cat is dead he thinks the cat is growing in the cupboard and the cupboard is going to split. ...read more.

Middle

This line tells us that the cat is fat and is often spoiled. It also tells us the tucked in paws that it is happy and cannot be bothered to show any affection to the boy this is effective because it shows us that the cat doesn't do anything and annoys the boy by sitting about. A last example of a simile is "round eyes as mad as gold" this simile is effective because its used to show that the cat is giving the boy a cold angry stare this is showing that the cat also hates the boy with a passion. Another technique that Vernon Scannel uses in the poem is metaphors "A buzzing machine of soft black stuff" this metaphor is comparing the cat to a constant buzzing machine and he is saying that the cat makes a loud and annoying noise which also annoys the boy. Another example of a metaphor is "Eyes squeezed beads of salty prayer". This is comparing tears to beads hard to get out as though he doesn't want to cry but he feels it is right to cry, not only just because he thinks it is right. ...read more.

Conclusion

In this poem there is very little rhyme because the poem is serious and he wants people to remember it for the story not the rhyme in most cases that is how some poets are so famous for the rhyme. Structure isn't something the poet wants to commit to in this poem. It doesn't have an order of regular size in each stanza a variety of length of lines. Unclear pattern allows us to see the change in the boy's emotions. The theme of this poem is all to do with guilt, which has been mentioned in the essay. Hate is the main emotion between boy and cat, conscience a thing, which the boy does have, power that has been swapped from cat to boy and anger which has built up in the boy. In conclusion to this critical response to literature I have 1covered the techniques in the poem, the emotions, the situation between the boy and the cat and the very unusual topic. It has been described how the poet brings the unusual poem alive for us. We have discussed the character and how he changed during the main incident and in depth about the emotion and feeling of the boy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Simon Armitage section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Simon Armitage essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Exploration Of Poetic Technique In 'HuntIng Snake' By Judith Wright

    4 star(s)

    in the make-up of the poem and the fact that it starts with a capital letter 'The' gives it importance. The sense of awe is conveyed by the use of evocative and carefully sought out words. The word 'reeling', for example, corresponds to the moment and movement described.

  2. Arnold as a Poet of Victorian Conflict.

    and self-disdain, the dissatisfaction and weriness of the age, the yearning for a creed and the craving for peace which drove men like Sterling, F.H. Newman, Clough, and Froude to attempt the ascent of the Mount of vision by new paths instead of the ancient beaten ways.

  1. Social and literary background to Mirza Ghalib's works. Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan known ...

    The songs of sorrow, the wailings of hopeless love, the utter despair of unrealized desire, the poignant grief at the departure of the beloved, are all soul stirring and always leave an impression on the reader. The loftiness of thought, the delicacy of emotion, the melody and rhythm, the richness

  2. The Glass Jar (Gwen Harwood) Analysis. The Glass Jar, dedicated to Vivian Smith, ...

    Listen carefully to the repetition of the present continuous verbs in that memorable opening ('bricking...picking...bringing'). The create a long continuous drone which seems to capture the reverberations of the big aircraft, as well as the grinding numbness of spirit such sights always induce.

  1. The American Civil War is a topic which many poets have addressed in verse. ...

    to the poem as the factual and emotional interact with each other. The Aquarium is vital here, not only exhibiting the impermanence of the world we live in as modernisation propels human 'advancement', but showing how even within Lowell's lifetime, the world has changed beyond recognition; the fish of his

  2. Read the poem Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Write an ...

    5), 'The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low' (L 7), and new growth with 'Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air' (L 11). Then the promise of spring 'With living hues and odours' (L12), tells us that all is not lost.

  1. Why is most of Coleridge's best writing unfinished?

    Coleridge wrote three poems in which he introduced the supernatural, revealed his faith and imagination and yet they remained unfinished, it is ironic that these are the poems that Coleridge is most famous for and that are so readily elected to represent his early style and beliefs.

  2. Considering the Snail - English Literature Poem Essay

    line as if it was meant to flow into the next syntax; merely placing the ?All? after the question allows the poem?s rhythmic pattern to flow, as it is a consonantal half rhyme with ?tell?. This manipulation of the line break allows the reader to come away from the second

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work