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No Hands Poetry Essay

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No Hands - Poetry Essay The poem "No Hands" is about a woman who is annoyed and frustrated with the pilots who are flying their aeroplanes very low in the countryside, and are destroying the peace and serenity. The narrator feels very deeply about the countryside and thinks that it is the place of peace and thoughts. The poet's main aim is to concern us with the low-flying of aeroplanes in the countryside. She wants us to realise how irritated she is with the pilots, as they are flying the planes extremely low. The poet wants to engage us with her thoughts, feelings and emotions. She feels very strongly about the countryside and is very irritated why the planes are flying over the countryside. She wants us to think about the countryside's values and to know that it is not there for planes to fly across, but it is there for people to spend their time and look at the beautiful scenery. The poet is conveying a message through the poem, that we shouldn't take the countryside for granted, but we should take it as a place to express our thoughts and feelings. The method of narration is in first person narrative which is effective as it conveys her anger and disapproval more strongly. The language is conversational, informal and direct. It is coming straight from the heart; therefore this helps to achieve her overall aim. The form of the poem is a sonnet as the poem is made up of 14 lines, it has a set rhyming pattern and nearly ...read more.

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This, therefore, contributes to her aim. She has cleverly contrasted 'willow warbler song' to 'jet planes'. This is deliberate juxtaposition as you cannot have both of these phrases in the same line. She has put these two in the same line because she wants us to realise that we are missing the important things that we find in the countryside because of the planes. The noises from the planes are drowning out the sweet song from the willow warblers. This creates a visualisation of the jet planes and shows that we are losing something valuable. The poet has used semi colons on both sides of the phrase, deliberately to make the reader stop and understand the phrase. She wants us to know that she has implicitly stated that the two don't go together- i.e. we can't have jet planes and willow warblers in the sky at the same. The writer also aims to get her rage through by using alliteration, as she has emphasised the 'o' and the 'w'. In the phrase "lads high on speed up there in a mindless thrum;" it conveys that the poet describes the pilots as 'lads' ad not as men. This suggests that she thinks of them as selfish, insensitive and immature. Throughout the poem, the poet deliberately uses words like 'children' and 'lads' and 'silly boys'. This clearly shows that she is using child-like imagery and considers the pilots to be thoughtless and even dangerous. ...read more.

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The lines 13 and 14 are rhyming couplets. In these two lines, "boy scaring boy off the face of his own land all do and dare, and look at me, no hands." The poet's anger and disapproval comes across powerfully in this final couplet because it reflects onto the title - No Hands. The poet is comparing these pilots to when the children used to show-off by riding a bike without any hands. This shows that he definitely thinks of them as irresponsible, intrusive boys and not well-mannered men. The poet has used monosyllabic words - 'all do and dare' this conveys that each pilot is daring the other to do something, for example, who can skim the hedges the closest. The poet started off with monosyllabic words and also ended with them. I responded emotionally to this poem as it helped me realise all the things to value in the countryside. I could sympathise with the poet, as I knew how she had felt. Throughout the poem, the poet had used a variety of imagery. This, I thought was quite powerful as she used different types to express her opinion, and that also I could relate to that. The types that she used musical imagery, nature imagery, sea imagery and child-like imagery. The countryside is not just for the beauty, but it is for spiritual, serenity and also, for a place for people to go to and let their thoughts and feelings out in privacy. ?? ?? ?? ?? Senjuti Gupta No Hands - Poetry Essay ...read more.

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