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

Touch with Fire Notes

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Touch with Fire Notes Section E Mid-Term Break * The author is recalling an incident from his childhood. * In the first verse, given a hint of something wrong by the word 'Knelling' and the fact that he is taken out of school and driven home early. * His father is actually crying. * In the third verse, we have the contrast between the baby's innocently happy greeting and the old man's embarrassment. * Hints become stronger after third verse and worse. An ambulance, a corpse... * He's lying in a box = coffin. * The poet does not put it into words directly, but the mention of 'the bumper' tells us that the child, his brother was killed in a road accident. * The boy's age, final horrifying detail in the last line. " a four-foot box, a foot for every year" * The story told is through the eyes of the boy, bit by bit allowing the truth to reveal. * Tone restrain * Language plain * The poem is not a lament (to cry for) but it is deeply moving. Snake * The poem is set in Sicily, and the poet tells us how on a very hot day he went to fetch a drink and found that a snake was there before him drinking the water. ...read more.

Middle

* He pleads for strength to resist those who would take away his individual humanity and reduce him to an unthinking part of a machine with no will of his own so that he has no personality left. If this cannot be prevented, he says, it would be better not to be born. * The poet wrote this during the rise of Hitler in 1930's. This was a subject of great concern to the intellectual young people of the time. * The verses begin simply and then build up to evermore elaborate lists of things, until the contrast of the final stark statement in the last line. Poem in October * The poet wrote this poem when he was 30 years old and he re-visited the seaside town in Wales where he lived as a boy * Everything seemed to call him to set out, while the rest of the town was still asleep, and walk around the places he used to know as a child. * The autumn was changeable, with showers of rain, and intervals of sunshine when the birds sang. * The poet climbed the hill and looked down on the church which looked small, like a snail with its horns out. ...read more.

Conclusion

* The only time he has any nourishing food is at Harvest Festival in the autumn when Fruit, vegetables, wheat and bread are brought to the church for a service of thanksgiving. * But he is annoyed to find that other mice who don't live in the church come in at this time to enjoy the good; they 'have no proper business here'; two mice who live in the fields come in, and also a rat, they have no interest in religion and they come for what they can get. Even 'prosperous' mice come, pretending to hear the organ play but actually to eat the oats placed on the altar, and a mouse who disapproves of the services held in this church doesn't mind coming in to eat the food. * The church mouse thinks it very unfair that he who starves in the church all the year should have to share the food with these intruders. * From line 51 onwards the poet writes sarcastically as the mouse says that human brings don't behave like that, but actually they do. They come to church regularly and are truly religious, but it is very strange how many people appear at Harvest Festival who don't come to church at other times. * This poem gets its message across by making us smile. ...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 John Betjeman 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 John Betjeman essays

  1. Critical Appreciation Of Diary of a Church Mouse.

    By then the reader is aware, that the poet intends to make people realises about the insincerity and mendaciousness of society, and how in turn they should not follow their steps and visit the church and worship God regularly. The last four lines, powerfully expresses the entire theme of the

  2. Compare and contrast 'Slough' and 'Belfast Confetti' - Comment on the poetic devices used ...

    and that men who profit from cramped housing conditions deserve to be punished. The poet thinks that not everyone is to blame, but has the opinion that having eaten too much artificial food, the humans in this town have become artificial themselves.

  1. Betjeman constructs a world by carefully chosen detail. Do you agree with this ...

    The poem "Devonshire Street, W.1." uses language by Betjeman to construct a world in itself of carefully chosen detail.

  2. The three little mice

    And sure enough, he scratched a bit, and he dug a bit, and with little effort the birds nest came tumbling down, and as soon as the little mice hit the ground they ran away as fast as their little legs would carry them to the home of their brother.

  1. Compare Perch, The Field-Mouse, The Eagle, and A Difficult Birth.

    drifting our land with a chance of sweetness" to create a warm feeling of summer. In the final two stanzas Clarke contradicts the intensive summer atmosphere by including pessimistic words to show the damages which humans have caused. She mentions, "Field lies bleeding", "killed flowers" and "the field's hurt" to

  2. Recently our class read the short story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

    him to do all their horrible jobs but Charlie didn't realise because he was so na�ve.

  1. "Betjeman has... very brilliantly made us think about being alive, being dead... while infact ...

    The house in which the woman lived is beginning to fall part, in comparison with her decaying body. The second to last verse takes place at the same part of the house of that of the first verse. 'At the grey, decaying face.'

  2. Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which the Two Poets Present Their Memories

    for what is still to come in adulthood as Betjeman wishes he were enjoying his childhood again. This last point reflects the theme of memories in the poem. It is interesting that he chooses to use the word "childish" rather than child-like, as this would suggest that he is being derogatory about his own emotions.

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