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Ill explain to you how Wendy Cope presented Christopher Robin in the poem Ever So Cute and how Jan Dean presented the child and the teacher in the poem Writing. I believe the two poets have presented the characters in an interesting way, ma

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1. Choose two of the following poems and explore the methods the poets use to present a character. Remember to use Point-Evidence-Explanation (referring to poetic techniques and effects), giving the reader's personal response. Every poet uses different methods to present a character. I'll explain to you how Wendy Cope presented Christopher Robin in the poem "Ever So Cute" and how Jan Dean presented the child and the teacher in the poem "Writing". I believe the two poets have presented the characters in an interesting way, making the reader draw his/her own conclusions. In the poem "Ever So Cute", the main character is a "little" boy, Christopher Robin. The repetition of the word "little" shows that he is young and cute. We can see that he is violent and naughty from the fact that he wears a "judo suit". This contrasts with "little" because it's strange for a small child to wear a "judo suit" with a "black belt" and still "looking ever so cute". The boy likes "violence and sex" which also shows that he is violent. ...read more.

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The boy might have teddies, but he also has video games and he likes winning. "I want to play the video game we bought today". From this phrase we can se that he manages to do whatever he wants to, he is spoilt. He is competitive with his father, as the phrase "I'll score three million and Dad will get nil" shows. The boy is demanding and argumentative. The repetition of the word "want" shows that. He uses the imperative, he commands his parents. He argues and negotiates about different things as the phrase "Go on Mummy, it's only ten" shows. Even the rhythm and rhyme of the poem suggests childhood, like a song. The rhyme has the 'abab' scheme, which is what usually children like singing. The tone is rather amusing, but it has some serious messages about the relationships between children and parents that have changed over the years. Now, we have the second poem, "Writing". In this poem there are two main characters, a child and a teacher. The child has just witnessed a murder scene as we understand from the phrase "and then i saw it saw it all". ...read more.

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He/she doesn't take the poem seriously and might think that the child has a lot of imagination. That is an unexpected reaction of the teacher. No interest to the child or the scene being described. The teacher doesn't think of the possibility that the poem is true and might have happened. He/she just checks it - "Is this finished? It is rather short". This phrase might suggest that he/she wants to learn more about it, if it's true. There isn't any rhyme. This emphasizes how serious this is. Also there is enjambment, which makes it sound more real. As you can see, there are several ways to present a character. I think the way the poet presented the boy in "Ever So Cute" was interesting, but also the poet of "Writing" presented the two characters in a remarkable way too, regardless of the differences of these two poems. They stay in the reader's mind, the first one for its rhythm and rhyme which stays to your mind, and the second one for the spelling mistakes, the dissimilarity of the teacher and the child and also for its story. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - Melissa Iacovidou 3 Red Words: 800 22/02/2010 ...read more.

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