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I will be focusing on three poems, which are written by U.A fan Thorpe and Hugo Williams.

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I will be focusing on three poems, which are written by U.A fan Thorpe and Hugo Williams. The title of these three poems is quiet and basic and they will give some clues to the reader. The title of Leaving School, which is written by Williams, is very straight and it gives you some clues. This is poem is about a boy who is describing his felling of going to school. This poem starts very positively. First he tells about his age and he and he is mentioning that he thought going to school will be fun but as he go to school and suddenly the phrases shows that he has changed his mind about going to school. For example he says "everyday my name was red out because I forgotten to hang up something" this shows that he get punished for simple reasons such as not hanging his jacket. This is like an autobiographic and its first person. The word I has repeated so many times in this poem and he is talking directly to the reader. There are no verses in these three poem and the ending is exactly opposite of the start. At the start of this poem the boy said that he thought going to school would be fun and the end of the poem he says " I was miles away, with my suitcase, leaving school" he is saying that he wishes that he could leave the school, this is a very negative ending. ...read more.

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The next stage is represented by, "must make more effort" this sums up all the stress when it comes to bringing up a family, and all the problems that follow it. "Born at a sound beginning We move from satisfactory To fair, then find The subject difficult, Learning at last we Could have done better" She is trying to say, as we get older, we tend to slow down. Finding the life (the subject) difficult. When we are finally, when we are at the critical stage of our life, when we tend to look back and say, I "could have doe better". Fanthorpe finishes the ending of this poem by using (with the rest) which is representing the end of human life, which is death. The poem that I'm going to focus on now is Dear Mr Lee by fanthorpe. This is poem is about a girl However, in this particular poem is there is one book that the child does find studying really enjoyable. It is to the Author of this book, that the poem is supposedly based. It is written in a mixture of letter/poem format. With aspects such as the title "Dear Mr Lee" and the PostScript at the end, indicating that it is a letter, yet the main body of text is written with a line structure more resembling that of a poem. ...read more.

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The girl speaks of how she not only dislikes the way that students are forced to study these books. She feels that completing all these detailed analyses completely spoils the 'magic' of the story and breaks down the feeling of intimacy between the book and reader. And she blames he self, Mr smart and Shakespeare. After all theses tough time she is till a big fan of Mr lee. "Dear Mr Lee (Mr Smart says It's rude to call you Laurie, but that's How I think of you, having lived with you Really all year)." She describes how she has "lived with the book". Indicating, not only the long hours she has spent studying the book, but also all the voluntary reading, for her own pleasure, she has done. Also we should note the repetition of the word "lived" which further adds and In each of the poems U.A Fanthorpe has focused in on one person, and through them has relayed inadequacies in the education system. The poet has voiced her negative feelings very strongly throughout her poems to in order to highlight flaws in the system. The poems are written with a certain personal feeling of someone who has actually 'been there'. These may be her opinions as an ex-teacher or, more likely, from remembered experiences when she herself was a girl studying at school. From whichever point of view not all her experiences of school were positive and she has highlighted some of her frustrations in the education system ...read more.

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