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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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