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

The Screaming Maggot.

Extracts from this document...


The Screaming Maggot Taylor Rothbell "Dreams are at once fruit & outcry against an atrophy of the senses. Dreaming is no solution." This is an excerpt from the notebook of Jim Morrison. Although not all of his poems are as proverbial as this, they each have a hidden message. In the traditional style of beat poets, this message is told through the vocabulary, the characters, and the subject matter of the poem. The vocabulary of Morrison is very formal. He uses a lot of metaphors and big, fancy words (although some are made up). His poem, "America as a Bullring Arena" includes phrases such as "the cosmic spinal bebop in blue," "A young Witch from N.Y. ...read more.


Jim Morrison's poems are written this way with, essentially, no solid characters at all. The closest things to characters in them are references to general people or types of people as in the poem "Lessons on Becoming." This poem has a perfect example of a Morrison (stereotype) "character" in this line. This is really no character at all, but rather a mentioned person. Morrison's poems are not stories, so they have no need for characters. Although some proverbs do have them, they do not need them. This is hard to say for stories. It is true that proverbs don't need characters, but they all most certainly do need subject matter. ...read more.


The metaphorical message is that people place entertainment and luxury higher on their list of priorities than work. Morrison is questioning this, but also confessing that he, too, is one of these people as not to appear hypocritical (for he is a musician). This poem is packed with allegorical subject matter, as do most of Morrison's. Jim Morrison's poetry is very proverbial indeed, with intellectual vocabulary, almost no *real* characters, and metaphorical subject matter. All of these three things contribute to making these poems into analytical comments about the way we live. Vocabulary sets the tone, the lack of characters gets rid of an unneeded story element, and the subject matter injects the proverbial punch line. Or it could be that Morrison's poetry is just a lot of big words and intriguing lines that don't really mean anything. ...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. "Telephone conversation" by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly" by ...

    The interviewer swiftly moves on after this question which illustrates his arrogance and it also shows that the interviewer does not want an answer from the interviewee. The prejudice is shown in the impersonal question he or she asks. For example, "Might they perhaps, find your appearance disturbing?"

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

    In the poem 'Reports', Fanthorpe offers yet another aspect to the role of authority and the way authoritative figures exploit people within society. In this instance, the poem is a simulated conversation between an older, more experienced teacher, and a newer teacher, focusing on the 'correct' way to write a school report.

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