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The roles of women, feminism, the theme of innocence and childhood are issues ecplored by the use of a dramatic monologue in Liz Lochheads Poem for my Sister and Revelation. Through Ideas explored, images created and symbols

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The roles of women, feminism, the theme of innocence and childhood are issues ecplored by the use of a dramatic monologue in Liz Lochheads 'Poem for my Sister' and 'Revelation'. Through Ideas explored, images created and symbols used, we the reader can relate to the poem and empathise with Lochhead causing us to question out morality. Revelation is a reflective poem which signifies the readers sudden awareness to the idea and reality sexual nature, evil and the dangers the world (and men) present to her.The opening sentence is a significant turning point in her child hood: 'I remember once being shown the black bull when a child at the farm for eggs and milk'. The use of the word of "once" shows the significance of this one off event and prepares us for the important changes occurring within Lochhead while on this trip. Harsh alliteration of "black bull" highlights this evil, masculine symbol and is used in contrast to the feminine symbols of the pure "eggs and milk". By using the words "I" and "child" we are immediately aware of the personal element of the poem and time in her life in which it happened. As Lochhead is describing her time in the barn with the bull the image created lets us see that she is already scared, not only because of the bull itself but because this is to be her first sexual awakening. ...read more.


, Lochhead moves away from the barn, outside, to where she creates the idea of the hens being compared to her and many other children alike. However, the hens are presented as silly as they are unaware of the world's truths and dangers that they live happily around everyday: "oblivious hens picked their way about. " This could simply be read as it is but when you read between the lines we see that the hens are an image or a metaphor created to compare them to children; naive, innocent and "oblivious" to the dangers and threats that the world poses for them. By comparing these hens to children (an effective analogy) and their carefree life style, Lochhead immediately establishes her new position in life with her new knowledge of "the real world". The word choice of "picked" shows that they are looking at the ground and therefore undisturbed by the "Black Mass" that lives with them. However, these hens that the poet is witnessing are completely unaware and undisturbed by the bull whereas Lochhead tells us that she has had an inkling to "its" existence: "I had always half-known he existed. " The poetic voice continues... "this antidote and Anti-Christ his anarchy threatening the eggs, well-rounded, self-contained" These images that Lochhead is trying to convey, on a deeper level, means that she thinks men are trying to 'break the eggs' (making her grow-up or have sex) ...read more.


" This could basically be interpreted as her being worried of spilling the milk on her journey home, however we know through in-depth analysis that it's not the milk she is scared oflosing, but her innocence. The action of her protecting the milk effectively conveys the idea of Lochhead trying to protect her innocence and herself. The hushing alliteration of "small and shaking" again enforces the fact that she is still young and scared creating a sympathetic tone to round-up the reflective poem. After reading and analysing the poem we can easily see the relevance of title "Revelation" as Lochhead is suddenly aware of the real world and the existence of evil and darkness. As "Revelation" can be interpreted on two different levels, I feel that Lochhead gets her reader involved by using a familiar setting with an experience that most of us can relate to. However, she cleverly sews the deeper meaning into the lines to show the significance of this experience and the impact that this event had on her childhood. Through the ideas explored, images created and symbols used we the reader can related to the poem and see how Lochhead is standing at the gateway to adulthood and sympathise with her. The overall effect of the poem highlights how this single event leading to her coming of age, her feelings of fear toward men and her awakening to sexual nature. ...read more.

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