• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Poems about School - 'Welltread,' 'Leaving school' and 'Dear Mr Lee'

Extracts from this document...


Poems about School In the poems 'Welltread,' 'Leaving school' and 'Dear Mr Lee' we are taken into the world of a child, seeing and hearing what he or she sees and hears, viewing from their point of view. They are described in infinite detail what the child is feeling during his/her unsatisfactory school education. 'Welltread' is a headmaster who is seen as harsh, cold and unforgiving 'gangster.' He demands respect and forces from everyone, students, teachers and parents alike. One can date this poem by the reference to Aberfan. On the 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales. 'Welltread' is a poem of reflection on the author's life, so much that it shows in her poetry. ...read more.


This painful experience has mentally damaged the child in the poem, comparable in the poem 'Welltread.' He was taken away from his home and family environment proposing serious homesickness. Unlike 'Welltread' and 'Leaving school,' 'Dear Mr Lee' is not a sad and lonely tale. It is more about a childhood obsession with a book written by Mr. Laurie Lee. U.A. Fanthorpe starts the poem with a light-hearted introduction: 'Dear Mr Lee (Mr Smart - teacher - says it's rude to call you Laurie, but that's how I think of you, having lived with you all year.)' The girl habitually interrupts the letter with inform comments. She goes on to say that she used hate English, the teacher and Shakespeare. She boldly entitles Shakespeare in being a 'national disaster.' She says because she does not understand the 'jokes' that Shakespeare uses and misunderstands that they aren't meant to be funny but witty. ...read more.


She blames her bad mark on herself, Shakespeare and her English teacher, Mr Smart. But the girl is not discouraged and adores Mr Lee still. 'I still live Cider it hasn't made any difference.' Unlike 'Welltread' and leaving school is doesn't follow a particular pattern, I have found. I believe the poem to be in free verse with run on lines similar to the other poems I have analysed and evaluated. All three poems make a point of the school education system to be nothing short of a failure. However, all three are set in altered circumstances; time and place. On the contrary they all are accurate in suggesting the psychological effects caused by the break down in the education network. But fortunately in this day and age nothing that extreme is happening or will become of today's society. Amy Helm 10R 02/04/05 1 of 2 Draft copy 2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE U A Fanthorpe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE U A Fanthorpe essays

  1. How is the world of childhood presented in 'Hide and Seek', 'Leaving School' and ...

    the game and makes the reader feel as if they are there watching the children playing. It also gives a quite dramatic effect. 'Half Past Two' has many words that you would expect a child to say. The poet has used a childlike way of saying some words and spelt

  2. Comparing the poems "Dr Mr Lee" and "Reports".

    "The good have no history, so don't bother. Satisfactory should satisfy them." Fanthorpe's use of language is effective by using short sentences, it seems like the words are trying to give instructions and it Is like they use a list of comments or follow a rule or framework, without really keeping the individual student in mind.

  1. There are four poems in "At the Crossroads" which tackle the theme of childhood. ...

    The intention of the poem is to condemn the exam system. "Leaving School" is about a child, younger than the one in "Dear Mr Lee", leaving his old school and starting fresh in a new one. Like any child who has to go through the ordeal of changing schools, he is a bit apprehensive.

  2. A Comparison of Half-past Two by UA Fanthorpe and Leaving School by Hugo Williams.

    Fanthorpe also uses imagery to add to the mood of make-believe in Half-past Two, with the personification of the clock: 'He knew the clockface, the little eyes And two long legs for walking,' (Lines 16 and 17) This phrase is an example of personification, but is also a metaphor and

  1. I will attempt to analyse and compare two different poems which are called 'dear ...

    you, not mind about being poor' this shows that s/he doesn't mind about the little things in life like money s/he wants to be just like his/her idol (Mr lee). Both poets use similar techniques to show how the student is feeling for e.g.

  2. “Half Past Two,” and “Dear Mr Lee,”

    This is something that, amongst older people, is considered rude, so by him using these things, it emphasises his youth.

  1. Half Past Two and Dear Mr.Lee

    Which may have caused her to write this. 'Not My Best Side' was the most entertaining poem I have ever read. As Fanthorpe was wandering through the National Gallery in London, she came across this odd looking painting by Uccello of St George and the dragon.

  2. By Reference to three poems in the 'Tracks' anthology, discuss how Fanthorpe explores the ...

    I mean I quite Took to the dragon." The fact that the maiden would have the audacity to make a statement like this would be shocking, as women in medieval society were expected to conform to the instructions they were given.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work