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What do you think the poet is saying about some teachers of English and the way they mark a students book in the poem English Book by Jane Weir? How does the poet present her opinions?

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What do you think the poet is saying about some teachers of English and the way they mark a student's book in the poem "English Book" by Jane Weir? How does the poet present her opinions? (18 marks) Jane Weir seems very unimpressed by the way her son's English teacher marks his book. She is describing her visit to a Parents' Evening and starts by plunging straight in with the pronoun 'they' to begin the poem in the middle of the consultation. The first two lines express her surprise that they seem unaffected by their years 'in a classroom', all sitting 'upright' and correctly to meet the mother. ...read more.


The teacher has very little understanding that (according to the mother) she is killing the child's creativity by concentrating so much on his technical mistakes. The poet, probably writing from real experience, cannot get the teachers to understand that her son has ability with words and that they are not appreciating or encouraging his ideas. The whole poem is full of imagery. The teachers are compared to books: 'they bear no tide mark' and have 'perfect spines' probably unlike the condition of the exercise book that the mother is about to be shown. Later metaphors (lines 13 to 15) seem to describe textiles, in the same way that Jane Weir weaves fabric imagery into her poem 'Poppies' - 'selvedge', 'rolls out' 'flecked with heartfelt' - perhaps to express the situation from a woman's point of view. ...read more.


The resulting page is 'piled with offal'. After the butchering, only the inedible (unreadable) parts are left, nevertheless the mother believes her son is very intelligent. She sees 'the oracle in his entrails' and 'the jazz /of his sequencing' would seem to describe a lively imagination at work. From the mother's point of view the excessive emphasis on the importance of technical accuracy is harming the boy and the teacher makes little effort to listen to the mother's concerns or to see anything worth praising in the boy's writing. Described metaphorically as 'a starved lion-cub waiting for a word kill', this final image presents a child, waiting hungrily to experience and enjoy language, but being 'starved' by a teacher who cannot see 'what beats at (the) centre' of his writing. ...read more.

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