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Compare and contrast ‘Hide and Seek’ by Vernon Scannell and ‘Half-past Two’ by U. A. Fanthorpe

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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Compare and contrast 'Hide and Seek' by Vernon Scannell and 'Half-past Two' by U. A. Fanthorpe

'Hide and Seek' concerns a boy hiding cautiously whilst playing hide and seek with his peers. Gradually, he realises he has been abandoned, and fear overcomes him due to being isolated in the dark surroundings. The tone is incredibly certain and positive at the beginning. However, his confidence gradually fades away as the realisation of his abandonment occurs. The mood is analogous to the tone. At first, we can sense the excitement. This modifies to anxiety and nervousness towards the end. The poet uses language methods to portray the tone. On the first line, exclamation marks are used to show the enthusiasm of the boy. Scannell uses personification and the senses to describe the surrounding atmosphere in a vivid way. Therefore, the reader gets a clearer image. Occasional rhyme is used to add a sense of rhythm to the poem. The poem is one continuous stanza. The dramatic monologue emphasises the unbearable length of waiting time. The child's character speaks directly to you, explaining feeling and thoughts. There are short sentences to build up tension and create stillness. The themes explored in

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