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The poem 'Education for Leisure' is extremely effective in many ways - Discuss

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Education for Leisure The poem 'Education for Leisure' is extremely effective in many ways. The poet has effectively used poetic techniques to show his/her attitude towards the speaker in the poem and has also given impressions of the speaker. The impressions that are given of the speaker are those of a murderous person who is full of menace and insanity. One of the ways that this is shown is in the first stanza when the words 'something' and 'Anything' are used in the sentence 'Today I am going to kill something. Anything'. This is because it tells the reader of the murderous intentions the speaker has. 'Anything' is a one word sentence and as it is short and straight to the point it suggests that the speaker is desperate for a victim. ...read more.

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This feeling of rejection and loneliness pursues after the speaker is 'cut off' the line by the radio man. This is probably the reason that leads the speaker to take out the bread-knife and touch his ext victim's 'arm'. The poet uses many techniques to create a sense of menace of the speaker. The first way is from the use of assonance in the first stanza. The letter 'a' is 'Today, play, grey' emphasises the speaker's boredom. Alliteration is also used in this stanza in the line, 'stirring ....streets' to show the danger lurking there. 'Boredom stirring in the streets' is personification. This highlights how hopeless and futile the speaker sees his/her life. The character's feelings are again mimed as the poet uses pathetic fallacy in the line 'grey ....boredom'. ...read more.

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This is shown in the first stanza when assonance is used. The repeated letter 'a' creates a sad and bore feeling. Loneliness is also felt by the character when he/she is rejected by the people in the town as well as the man on the radio. This creates sympathy because no body wants to know the character. I also think that the poet blames the people who rejected the character because metaphorical words such as 'autograph' and 'superstar' are used to describe the character and show resentment and bitterness because he/she has been rejected. Overall, I think that the title itself 'Education for Leisure' is ironic. This is because it has an opposite meaning which suggests killing and murder and only the character in the poem finds that this is educating him/her. Therefore even the title suggests insanity. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shazia Saeed 11/N 21st September 2003 ...read more.

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