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Write a detailed analysis of the poem Last House especially concentrating on style.

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Shibdeep Kaur Sekhon 8th January 2003 Write a detailed analysis of the poem "Last House especially concentrating on STYLE. The poem begins with a dramatic opening. "Like the dead march." The use of a simile is effective here because it evokes the notion of finality of death and destruction even before you have finished reading the whole line. The slow beat of destruction is evident throughout the whole of the first stanza. "A hum; a waver; a trickle of mortar; a pause;" This is reinforced by the poet's use of punctuation. ...read more.


The tone changes in stanza three to one of nostalgia when Fanthorpe evokes the memories that the crowd has of going to the cinema in the past. She uses onomatopoeic words "whistling" and "yodelling" to recreate the excitement of the audience waiting fro the film to begin. The nostalgic tone continues in the fourth stanza as she reminds the reader of the range of cinematic experiences. She uses alliteration, "men in macs at matinees" to create sordid implications which are emphasised by the regularity. The use of the tactile onomatopoeic word "oozing" helps create the environment in the cinema when watching a touching film and also establishes the dismal atmosphere of watching the cinema being torn down in the poem. ...read more.


This is reinforced by the list of famous dead actors "Garbo, Garland, Groucho, Welles, Goofy, Wayne" which create the image of ghosts. It also possibly suggests that the cinema is now also one of the dead; as once it is torn down, it will no longer exist. The overall intention of the poem "Last House", by Fanthorpe is to tell her readers about her feelings as well as describing what she and fellow bystanders saw and the way in which she responds to the scene. I find it interesting how Fanthorpe uses the most appropriate language to achieve the poignant atmosphere of the poem. ...read more.

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