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Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage -These poets write honestly about their experiences. Explore the memories expressed in their poems and consider what views they are sharing about growing up.

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These Poets write Honestly about their Experiences. Explore the Memories Expressed in their Poems and consider what Views they are sharing about Growing Up Carol Ann Duffy expresses her views and gives her true experiences to do with childhood and growing up. She uses a range of techniques in her poems, like similes to emphasize her feelings and emotions and imagery, where she uses metaphors to help create the picture and mood of the atmosphere of each poem. For example, the Primary School classroom. Simon Armitage also writes about everyday experiences, childhood, growing up, changes and regrets. He uses less imagery than Carol Ann Duffy, but in one particular poem 'Kid', he uses a great more rhyme. They both include experiences towards school life, where Carol Ann Duffy writes about the younger years and Simon Armitage writes about the older years at school. These two poets are similar in some ways, but can be quite different in others. For example, in Duffy's 'Stealing' it shares the feelings of a child who steals for no reason and Duffy adds comments from her own experiences. ...read more.

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"You asked her how you born and Mrs Tilscher smiled, then turned away". "Reports were handed out". This is a classic sign of the end of term. "You ran through the gates..." shows how she has entered the big wide world, and is unaware of what it will be like to grow up. "...sky split into a thunderstorm". In 'You May Turn Over and Begin', Simon Armitage is a teenager in an exam, who is watching out of the window. His mind starts to wander "I was dreaming..." and as a typical school boy would do, he starts dreaming of "milk white breasts and nakedness, or more specifical virginity". This gives a picture of purity, temptation and sexual desire. Girls usually ignore him because they go for "older guys with studded jackets and motor-bikes and spare helmets". This adds a bit of humour, as they're able to offer more to the girls. He sounds jealous, as if he wishes he could be like that. He then remembers once when a "tall spindly girl" was riding "on her man's new Honda..." This is quite specific and sounds funny today. ...read more.

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She uses internal rhyme "chill", "thrill" to give it a slight beat. The child was obviously quite cruel and an attention seeker "...the thrill was knowing that children would cry in the morning". This sounds unemotional and has no friends herself. She has obviously had a bad childhood. Duffy uses her own experiences to come to the conclusion of "Life's tough". She is quite vicious "...took a run and booted him". Repetition is used to get it through to the reader that this child is really angry. "Again. Again". She is lonely and steals because of "boredom". There is still some hope though because she wanted to "learn to play" the guitar. These two poems both share quite a hard life in growing. In 'Kid', the boy finds it really hard to let go of Batman and grow up but eventually he's proud of himself for doing so "I'm the real boy wonder". In 'Stealing' a child is really lonely and rejected, so resorts to stealing and is "sick of the world", but there is still hope because she wants to "learn to play" an instrument. In all of the poems, lots of different techniques of language are used, and this as you can see, is important in creating effects. ...read more.

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