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Comment closely on the poem "Rising Five", looking in particular at how

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Comment closely on the poem "Rising Five", looking in particular at how Nicholson uses imagery. "Rising Five" is about how people want to grow up quickly, and therefore how we want to rush through our lives and our youth. It is also about how we do not appreciate our precious and present moments in our lives, the fact that we are always looking forward into the future and not focusing on what we have now. The imagery used in this poem complements and emphasizes these messages to the reader, creating a 'rushed' tone and effect. For example, we immediately get the feeling of someone who is rushing in the first line of the poem "I'm rising five". Stanza one is about a boy who is 4 years and 8 months - "He'd been alive/Fifty-six months or perhaps a week more". ...read more.


His eyes are so wide they take up the whole of the glasses. He is hopeful and interested in everything, but cannot see past the rim edges of his spectacles. This suggests that he cannot see the whole picture because he is still young and innocent. Imagery of his "toffee-buckled cheeks" reflects his childishness and innocence as toffee is a candy, and children love eating candy. "Cells of spring" - spring is the season of growth. Use of plosives like "bubbled and doubled", "unbuttoned", "blossoming", makes the process of the cells growing seem really fast and exaggerated. This emphasizes the urgency for the boy to grow. Personification of the stem is used vividly - "stem shook out the creases from their frills". ...read more.


The use of the verb "push" conveys a sense of hurry, creates a harsh and fast tone. Also, the power and vitality of the youth is contrasted with the weaknesses of old age. "We drop out youth" symbolises how unimportant we see it, we drop it like a worthless object. The last four lines of the stanza is an extended metaphor - we don't appreciate nature as we don't appreciate our own lives. We always look for the bad things in life - the image of decay of the fruit emphasizes this message, "never see the fruit, but only the rot in the fruit". "Rising Five" deals with how we seem to be rushing through out lives and how we are 'dropping out youth'. The message of this poem is very relevant to our society as everyone is keen to grow up fast where no one wants to wait to experience anything. May Lam ...read more.

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