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Choose a poem, which in your view fulfils a specific purpose, show how the poet employs the poetic form in order to convey his ideas - "So Many Summers" by Norman MacCaig.

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Choose a poem, which in your view fulfils a specific purpose. Show how the poet employs the poetic form in order to convey his ideas. "So Many Summers" by Norman MacCaig is a poem, which has a specific purpose the passage of time and its effects. In this poem the poet uses two objects, a boat and a hind, as metaphors for the passage of time. The poet employs poetic form in order to convey his ideas by using, skilful punctuation, excellent word choice, and an underlying theme of death. ...read more.

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It also gives the impression of the passage of time since you have to pause after each comma, taking your time like the amount of time it takes for the animal's skeleton to be seen. A dash is also used in stanza three: "Time adds one malice to another one -" This, again give the reader time to think about what has happened to the dear and the boat over the passage of time. You could not tell which is which until you looked very closely at them. ...read more.

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MacCaig shows that the decay reaches such an extent that he cannot tell the difference between the boat and the hind: "Now you'd look very close before you knew If it"s the boat that ran, the hind went sailing." The last line of the poem draws the reader up short because MacCaig realises that the passage of time has had its effect on him also. "So many summers, and I have lived them too." By choosing a boat and an animal MacCaig suggests that time affects not only living things but objects as well. ...read more.

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