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

UA Fanthorpe is a poet who dislikes modern life. Consider this, using examples from 'Safe As Houses'.

Extracts from this document...


UA Fanthorpe is a poet who dislikes modern life. Consider this, using examples from 'Safe As Houses'. - Kate Graham In 'A Major Road for Romney Marsh', Fanthorpe's view of modern life is easily identifiable. The poem is set out like an argument, the words on the right being the thoughts of developers, people who want the road, arguing against those who believe the marsh is best left untouched. Fanthorpe shows her love for nature by her choice of diction, 'peaceable' being used to describe the canal. She personifies the Marsh, describing its small churches as being 'truculent'. When she comments on how 'nowhere' else is like it in the first stanza of the poem, we feel admiration for the Marsh, and the line, 'It is itself, and different', near the bottom of the poem brings home the fact that in modern society very few things can be called different anymore. ...read more.


Fanthorpe reminisces about old memories of the picture houses, 'hi-ho-ing dwarfs, hi-yo-ing cowboys' and talks of what the cinema taught people, 'How to sing in the rain'. It is clear that Fanthorpe will miss 'The Regal', and not simply because she will not be able to view 'the oil fields of ketchup' the old movies had to offer, but because this building is just part of a bigger trend, a larger scheme of work continuing throughout the country where older, more traditional buildings are knocked down and replaced with sparkling, new versions. All of which are virtually the same. Fanthorpe mourns the loss of individuality in this poem. Another poem where modern and traditional cultures are seen to collide is 'Under the Motorway'. This poem has a light tone and a regular rhyme scheme, making it sound almost like a song. The subject of the poem is the uprising of the plants, the day when society's imposing on nature will end, and nature will conquer all. ...read more.


She then described what they have become today, 'shaggy and hungry' ponies, who are unable to measure up to their former selves. She shows her dislike of modern like again in this poem, by mocking it in the third stanza. Modern humans are described as 'telly idols' and 'fat men in fast cars'. Fanthorpe genuinely does seem to hate what we have become. In answering the question however, I have to fully consider the third stanza of 'DNA'. Although Fanthorpe dislikes and even pokes fun at society in this verse, she comments on how, just like a horse in which you can sometimes see 'some long-extinguished breeding', occasionally 'something' in humanity 'reverts to the fine dangerous strain.... of Arthur the King'. Fanthorpe comments that although modern life is not something she particularly admires, she does see something worth looking for in life, a ray of hope on the horizon. To conclude, UA Fanthorpe may well find objectionable what society has turned into, but is still optimistic on what we can become. ...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. An appraisal of the poetic techniques used by the poet U.A.Fanthorpe and what effect ...

    The aggression of the interviewer in You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly quickly makes the reader feel sorry to the candidate, and in Dear Mr. Lee you can feel the class "take the mick" out of their English Teacher, Mr.

  2. Ursula Askham Fanthorpe

    The girl felt that this is not how Mr Lee would want his book read. "I want to say sorry", is what the girl writes in order to apologise for writing essays and answering questions on his book, because that is not what it was intended for.

  1. Look again at the poems "Half-past Two", "Reports" and "Dear Mr. Lee". How does ...

    Like evil, the devil will read backwards and three is seen as a magical number. The teacher doesn't want to set them any "riddles" which will be difficult to understand and interperate. The presentation of the education system in "Reports" by UA Fanthorpe compared to the other two poems is

  2. How does U.A. Fanthorpe create different personalities within the poems 'Not My Best side' ...

    These modern stereotypes allow the characters to break out of the stereotypes set by the painting and so, I think, Fanthorpe is trying to say that we should get to know the real person and not be judgmental and discriminatory.

  1. In "Not My Best Side" U A Fanthorpe challenges the traditional, stereotypical characters in ...

    St George's more chauvinist qualities leak through when he intimidates the woman by asking her how or if she would like to be rescued. He is expecting her to take on the role of Sleeping Beauty waiting for the strong and handsome prince.

  2. "Telephone conversation" by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly" by ...

    The form of "You will be hearing from us shortly" is written in free verse sections in long lines, short lines and in lines of one word. "Telephone conversation" is written in one chink where the lines are more regular.

  1. Is Fanthorpe an Effective Poet?

    In the poem "Not My Best Side," the reader perceives her skill in using the other voice, by creating the different voices for the Dragon, the Maiden, and the Knight. She portrays the dragons' emotions as a wounded gentleman, discouraged because his "victim was so unattractive as to be inedible"

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

    Fanthorpe has included this to show that in wider society, authority influences people to conform to its rules and ideas, and does not allow free though or speech. Also, Fanthorpe has arisen the point that authoritative figures abuse the power they have been given, and this leads to corrupting the individual in possession of the power.

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