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How the poets create and use a metaphor in 'This room'. Compare this to one or more poems are also use metaphors

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How the poets create and use a metaphor in 'This room'. Compare this to one or more poems are also use metaphors In many of the poems I have been looking at the public use a variety of language. Much of the make-up of the poem is a plague on wives, other as consist of questions however I will be looking at the use of metaphors. I will be looking closely at the poem 'This Room' and another 'Half Caste'. I will start by commenting on the poem 'This Room'. 'This Room' uses many metaphors to portray the poets feelings. He uses many metaphors to show how he is feeling trapped and also to show how he is feeling that new horizon is forthcoming. ...read more.

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The other poem chose is 'Half Caste'. This Poem again uses metaphors however on a much larger scale this is shown throughout the poem, sometimes using absurd metaphors. The poem sometimes doesn't make sense because it was written in a Caribbean style which also gets messages across better. For example, 'yu mean when light and shadow Mix in de sky Is a half-caste weather/ Well in dat case England weather Nearly always half-caste' This quote shows how people can relate to the weather and feel how this poet feels about the way he is being spoken about. Half Paste is also a very good example of the usage of metaphors. ...read more.

Conclusion

This quotation is also a difference between the two poems because it shows that this poem is resolved however the other is not. This is a very small difference but is still a very important to the explaining of each poem. In conclusion 'This Room' starts off showing the feelings of being trapped and having no opportunities on the horizon however suddenly it become resolved and new beginnings are present. 'Half Caste' show annoyance to the treatment of the poet however it ends by turning the tables on the audience saying, 'come back with the whole or yourself, this shows that the audience are not perfect. Finally there are very few differences between the poems, 'This Room' and 'Half Caste' because the use of metaphors is so greatly used in each poem therefore there is nothing substantial to differentiate. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This candidate has attempted a good analysis of the use of metaphors in the two poems selected. Though comparing Imtiaz Dharker's 'This Room' and John Agard's 'Half-Caste' is an unorthodox choice, this question does not concern themes, so the choice ...

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This candidate has attempted a good analysis of the use of metaphors in the two poems selected. Though comparing Imtiaz Dharker's 'This Room' and John Agard's 'Half-Caste' is an unorthodox choice, this question does not concern themes, so the choice should not limit the amount of analysis the candidate can accomplish. However, there is not a very clear explanation of how the metaphors are achieved, and a very vague understanding of the poetic devices that work in conjunction with the metaphors. Most of the analysis is either too vague to earn marks or too specific to be taken beyond the poem it belongs to; the comparison points here are limited due to no explicit similarities and differences being discussed. Candidates should look to find a strong metaphor in the poems (e.g. 'This Room' - self-discovery and re-invention) and then comment on how they differ and are similar in the poems. This will naturally encourage a better response to the question.

The introduction here is not a very good one. There are no marks and therefore there is no point in describing other poems that have been studied when the question asks for analysis and understanding of a select couple. Also,

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis shown here tries hard enough, but there's a lot of barriers stopping it being so effective, such as the vagueness of some of the analysis, where the candidate does not clearly elaborate their points or give examples from the poems. Candidates should avoid saying things like "I will look at X poem first" because by attacking the question in such a segregated way you are preventing the potential comparison that is necessary, This answer feels more like a list of everything the candidates know about the use of metaphors in each of the poems. That is to say, as far as explicit comparative points go, there is none. Candidates must show comparative techniques if they are to reach a higher grade than a middle D grade for GCSE.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication (QWC) needs a bit of work too. From small things like spelling errors to large issues like syntactical errors, this candidate simply needs to revise a lot of their work when they write it. I recommend that after every paragraph the candidate re-checks their QWC because in a subject such as English, the need for high QWC is absolutely imperative; if examiners struggle to read the essay, they will deduct QWC marks.


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