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An Appreciation Of Rhythm

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An Appreciation Of Rhythm This poem by Ian Crichton Smith is a poem about a boy who is sitting in a classroom feeling very frustrated. He begins to stare out beyond the classroom window and imagines where he wants to be. The poem is written in first person speech, as it begins with 'I'. The mood of the poem at the start is frustration 'I smack the ball right through the goals.' This is a very aggressive piece of text and you can really feel the boy's frustration and anger. The boy feels very misunderstood as he cant do his work and nobody can help him because they don't understand, 'But they dunno how the words get muddled in my head.' ...read more.


The boy imagines him playing Old Jerry at the boys speciality, football, 'Old Jerry he cant play, he's too flicking small.' He begins to insult Old Jerry. He then under mines Old Jerry's Authority and imagines him in some skimpy shorts 'see him in shorts' and almost comparing him to a boy like himself. He then doubts Old Jerrys intelligence, not his intelligence of Old Jerrys speciality English, but of the thing the boy knows most about, football, He don't know nuting about Law.' The boy begins to really let his imagination run wild and pictures him playing Old Jerry at football in a huge stadium! ...read more.


The ending is a loose end and adds mystery to the poem 'and wearing my gold and purple strip, fresh from the wash.' I think the writers intension was not to right a typical children's poem with every other line rhyming talking about flowers and birds but to right a poem which isn't all clear when u first read it. The writer wanted you to think about his poem and create your own imagine like the boy did to Old Jerry. I think the writer is the boy in the poem. I think he once had an English teacher who didn't understand him and he didn't understand the teacher but he got his inspiration from his imagination and became a top poet. - ...read more.

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