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The Gunpowder plot by Vernon scannell is about bonfire night and the plot to blow up the houses of parliament also later on in the poem it talks about people having there own firework celebrations. By reading the poem I gather that it is talking about how the fireworks look when they go off and what the family thinks of them. Then there is one person who is scared of them because it is bringing back bad memories of the war. From the title gunpowder plot you can probably guess that it is too do with fireworks and the plot to blow up the houses of parliament. Also you would probably think of guy fawks as well because he was the one who tried to blow up the houses of parliament. Also it makes me think of loud noises and bright colours especially red orange and yellow because thats the colours of fire. I think that this is in 1st person and the person speaking is the granddad of the children and telling you about his past and what the fireworks make him remember of his past experiences. Also for a little bit the little boy is speaking to his grandpa. The mood of the poem is bright at the start talking about the look of the fireworks and how they sound but then as the poem goes on ...read more.


'Uncle! A cannon ! Watch me as I light it !' The women helter-skelter, Squealing high, Retreat; the paper fuse is quickly lit, A cat-like hiss, and spit of fire, a sly. This stanza starts off with someone telling there uncle about a cannon and he is saying how he is lighting a firework. Then its talking about after the boy lighting it he has to run away then it says about it squealing high then as it is about to go off it lets off a 'cat like hiss'. Falter, then the air is shocked with blast. The cannon bangs and in my nostrils drifts A bitter scent that brings the lurking past Lurching to my side. The present shifts, This stanza talks about the impact as the firework hits the sky then it introduces a new sense into the poem the sense of smell with the line ' A bitter scent that brings the lurking past. Then at the end of the stanza the persons mind is drifting over to anthoer subject not the fireworks. Allows a ten-year memory to walk Unhindered now; and so im forced to hear The banshee howl of mortar and the talk of men who died, am forced to taste my fear This paragraph is bringing you back in time to the speaker of the poems memory by some of the words and ...read more.


The last technique that Scannell uses is onomatopoeia he uses this in the part where it says the 'A cat like hiss' which is describing the Catherine wheel to us. This poems structure of this poem is that there are seven stanzas with four lines in each one which is good because it gives it a consistent layout. Also the last four of the first line of every stanza rhymes with the last word on every line of every stanza on the third line and the same goes for lines two and four this makes the poem a easier read and gives it a good ring to it also its good that he has not over rhymed it because that could of spoilt the whole thing. The effect the size of the stanza has on the poem is that it makes the verses short and snappy and not giving you to much to read in one go. So to conclude I think this is a good well thought out poem that is worth reading I don't usually like poetry but I like reading this one because I found it easy to read the words weren't to complicated and I found it quite easy to explore the effects and hidden things you can find in it. ...read more.

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