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Explain how Charles Causley uses literary effects in his poem, 'The Cowboy Song'. How do they add to the reader's enjoyment?

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Explain how Charles Causley uses literary effects in his poem, 'The Cowboy Song'. How do they add to the reader's enjoyment? The poet, Charles Causley, and his poem, the Cowboy Song, is about a lonely ghost cowboy. Gradually the poet is telling the reader through the stanzas that the cowboy is died, at 20. The cowboy led a sad life with events like his sister and father fleeing. Charles Causley does this effectively, and this essay is going to explain how the poet uses literary effects like onomatopoeia, alliteration and metaphors, and how these effects add to the reader's enjoyment. To start with, I am going to tell you about the rhythm and rhyme of the poem. The rhythm and rhyme give the poem and sort of fell that makes it fell like a song. We can connect this with the title (Cowboy Song). There is a steady beat of 8,7,11,6 but this may vary slightly in some stanzas. Like in the last stanza it is 7,6,8,6. The rhythm and rhyme actually make the poem quite jolly, though it is a very sad poem!?! It is a big contrast. There is a strong difference and it is there to leave us with a moral. ...read more.

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We have a good piece of dialect that we can translate to start us off. "My maw (mother) sleeps prone on the prairie In a boulder eiderdown" ? 2001 Alex Wilkes Translated, we can tell his mother is lying face down on a prairie, in a grave. This part of America is full of wolves and wild dogs who tend to scavenger in graves for food. Therefore, the graves were covered in rocks - a boulder eiderdown. We can also see some alliteration 'prone on the prairie'. Altogether, the literary effects combine to make is feel sorry for the mother and cowboy. On the 5th line we also have alliteration. "I haven't seen paw (father) since a Sunday". The repetition of the 'S' makes the words stand out. This highlights the fact that his father has gone. The main job of this stanza is to give some background into the cowboy's life. My group did stanza 3. This is a real sad part of the poem, but I wouldn't say it was worse than losing your parents. Yes, he lost his brother and sister. His sister has 'Fled', or left. Fled gives a big impact and I suppose this is because of the alliteration with fancy and florid. ...read more.

Conclusion

We may feel so sorry for the cowboy. There are teenagers meeting with their partners and he can get no action himself. This adds to our enjoyment by thinking about it and then feeling so sorry for him, but because someone else is having fun, there is a great contrast, which we enjoy. From now on there are no literary effects in this stanza. ? 2001 Alex Wilkes The last stanza is a very powerful ending to the poem. We finally find that the cowboy is dead. At his resting place he is covered with lilies. There is brass for his nameplate, and lead to seal his coffin. It is a very sad ending to a very sad poem, yet some literary effects we can see are quite jolly. I have concluded that this is a very contrasting poem and I think that the contrasting elements are what make this poem a joy to read, with the literary effects adding to our enjoyment. The main concept of the alliteration was to highlight words that the poet wants us to discover and take in. These add to our enjoyment, as it is much nicer to actually take something in than to simply read a boring old poem. ? 2001 Alex Wilkes ...read more.

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