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Analyse the poem 'warning' and 'Not my best side', how do these poems challenge stereotypes?

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Analyse the poem 'warning' and 'Not my best side'. 'How do these poems challenge stereotypes?' Both these poems talk about different stereotypes. In 'Not my best side' and 'Warning' the old stereotypes are challenged and new stereotypes are created. 'Not my best side' a poem by U A Fanthorpe is based on a painting in which she challenged the stereotypical image of the brave heroic knight, the beautiful and helpless princess and the vicious fearful dragon and replaced them with modern day stereotypes. The style, in which 'Not my best side' is written, is in three stanzas for the three different fairy tale characters. This style is much different to the 'Warning' which is written in four different paragraphs for four different feelings of rebellious attitudes. The length of the sentences in 'Warning' are quite long and childlike, this is an attempt by the poet to break down the typical stereotype of the old woman. ...read more.

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Yet again the poets of each poem have challenged old stereotypes by adapting them to new ones. The princess in 'Not my best side' is portrayed not like the conventional princess, quiet and shy but instead she appears to be rather shallow and superficial, she even prefers the dragon to the knight 'lovely green skin and that sexy tail'. She uses colloquial, informal language 'I mean, I quit took to the dragon'. This type of language is appropriate for the reader because it's not too difficult to understand. The language used in 'Warning' has a lot of rhyme and repetitive words in it, especially in the first stanza because it uses the word 'And' a lot. This is to continue the childlike theme and build on the old stereotypical view. The knight uses technical language 'Automatic transmission' and is portrayed as a stereotypical 'lad' instead of a brave knight. ...read more.

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Jenny Joseph looks at adulthood and old age in 'Warning'. She challenges the readers and societies views of old age in the poem, by rebelling against societies expectations of the old people settling down quietly into old age. She has mixed these themes into the poem with humour, bitterness and frustration. The poem is amusing and makes the reader smile but on the other had it is thought provoking as it is voicing the inner feelings of a person who believes society has stripped her of her individuality and opportunities. Both these poems are very similar because they both change the normal stereotypes which pigeonhole people into these groups society puts them in. These stereotypical groups which people are placed in are normally unfair and some of them don't even suit everyone. So these poems are finally breaking those boundaries of stereotypes and giving everyone a chance to be different. ...read more.

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