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With Reference to at least two other poems, compare and contrast the writers attitudes to ‘education.

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With Reference to at least two other poems, compare and contrast the writers attitudes to 'education.' Examine the ways in which these attitudes are presented 'Schoolroom on a wet afternoon' wrote by Vernon Scannel appears to have written this poem partially upon his own memories of school life but also how he sees education and its problems. He puts the reader in a sort of 'fly on the wall' position, and sets the mood from the very start. 'The unrelated paragraphs of morning' which immediately the word unrelated suggests that not only morning was a long time ago but that it was unimportant, almost as if its in the past so it is not related to the now. ...read more.

Middle

Its suggesting that the children are almost being forced to work and endure education, they are basically just doing as they are told. The regularity of rhyme and rhythm suggests boredom. Throughout the poem there are various examples that suggest the writer believes that the children are in a way 'doomed' , this gives us a very negative view on the education system. I believe that the most interesting lines in the poem are the final three lines; 'Yet lift the lid and see, amidst frayed books and pencils, other shapes: Vicious rope, glaring blade, the gun cocked to kill.' The opening words 'lift the lid' suggests looking into a child's mind and the rest appears to show that there is potential in every child which by looking at the words used will be hard to harness. ...read more.

Conclusion

This could be a reason why the teacher in the poem is teaching so monotonously and out of touch with the pupils. Another example of a rhyme in the poem is the use of ''lurk' and 'chalk', although this is only a half rhyme, lurk is suggesting sneakiness and slyness which is reflected in the rhyme which is difficult to spot. The lines of which these words are included suggest that the children aren't really taking in the information even though we are told they are concentrating there is no real involvement in the lesson. After looking at the final passionate lines you notice that there is a good contrast between the beginning of the poem and the end. One suggests passion and promise the other suggests boredom and demoralisation. ...read more.

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