Comparing Head of English to R.E your poem and recent visit.
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Gemma Lee Comparing Head of English to R.E your poem and recent visit The purpose for the head of English is to in some way give English teachers a bad name. Carol Ann Duffy is a visiting poet to an all girls school, at the school she finds that the head of English is unwelcoming and tries her best to make her feel small. She wants the audience to know the ordeal that she went through, so this is in some way to get revenge and to entertain the audience by showing what her version of a stereotypical English teacher is like. She is also mocking her, by over elaborating on her actions and the things she says. The purpose for R.E your poem and recent visit is a reply to the poem Head of English. Andrew Mayne is saying that it is unfair to give all English teachers a bad name, and tries to show through his writing what they are really like. He finds the poem offensive and so in return tries to offend Carol Ann Duffy in some way, by using the same style of mocking ness and over elaborating.
Carol Ann Duffy is obviously presenting this poem as a way in which English teachers should not behave; she feels that she should show a bad example to help to show a good one. She believes that children should be able to express themselves and not feel suppressed by a teacher (which is what the head of English does). So the poet has a very different attitude and values to that of the person she is writing about. The attitudes and values of RE your poem and recent visit is that the poem is unfair to the portrayal of English teachers, so Andrew Mayne feels that it is wrong to classify teachers in such a manner. His answer back is to specifically create humour and to mock the views of Carol Ann Duffy to make fun of her. The structure of head of English has 6 line stanzas, which creates the feeling of speech. This is not a typical poem, it is structured in a different way, old-fashioned poems should be very regular and structured.
Both of the poems show that the vocabulary used is very similar, similar in getting the point across and similar to creating humour. They both use words to show the fact that they are well educated, and produce a sarcastic tones underneath aswell. They also use pronouns, which indicates a very formal way of writing. This is to perhaps insult the other person but to do it in a polite and well-structured way, thus creating a good argument and doing it in a dignified manner. Both of these poems are very similar, the way in which they convey sarcasm is done in such a way that it is not completely obvious to the reader. If done in the wrong manner it could be seen that either one has the upper hand, which would not be good for either person, this is why Andrew Mayne mirrors the structure and vocabulary of Carol Ann Duffy. They both get their points across in a very clever and informative way, so neither person wins the argument. Both poems are well written and appeal to the audience just as well; their purpose is also conveyed very well, so it is clear.
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