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Write about the poem Basking Shark: Achill Island. You should describe what the poet writes about and how he uses language to convey the speakers thoughts and feelings.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Write about the poem Basking Shark: Achill Island. You should describe what the poet writes about and how he uses language to convey the speaker?s thoughts and feelings. In the poem ?Basking Shark: Achill Island? John Deane, who grew up on the island, appears to be relating his childhood experiences through the poem. He uses language to convey both his conscious thoughts and impulsive feelings. The title of the poem is straight to the point and does not use any more words than are necessary. Deane uses vivid imagery throughout that provokes feelings of both shock and repulsion from the reader. He starts off by describing his location, ?Where bogland hillocks hid a lake.? The use of the verb, ?hid,? suggests that the speaker knows what he was doing was wrong and that he was trying to hide it from the world. ...read more.


The next event of the poem describes the speaker committing yet another unsavoury deed. They, ?fished for gulls with hooks we?d hide / in bread.? Again they are cowardly trying to hide their deeds, making it seem like a harmless piece of bread. Just like with the cat, the tables are turned on the gull. Normally a gull would be the predator of the water, picking up fish, but this time the gull finds itself on the end of the fishing line. The repetition of the colloquial contraction, ?we?d,? implies that the speakers are immature, supporting my theory that this is a poem about the speaker?s childhood. The gulls are anthropomorphised when they are said to be, ?screaming.? A simile is used in the phrase, ?they sheared like kites,? where the speaker reduces the birds to mere toys to play with. ...read more.


The poem is concludes by saying that deep below the surface, ?silence? pounds like panic.? This combination of alliteration with a simile conveys that humans do not rule down there. The feelings of fear and doom that were attributed to the cat and the gull earlier in the poem are now attributed to the speaker instead as he meets his match. The poem has no stanzas and frequently uses enjambment, conveying the brokenness of the relationship between man and nature. The poet also uses many semi-colons and the poem consists entirely of three sentences, giving it the form of a rambling stream of consciousness. There is no rhyme which further emphasises the lack of harmony in the events depicted. There is a fairly regular but not constant metre, with many monosyllabic words. To conclude, the poem is an extended metaphor at how easily the hunted can become the hunted, and confirms the Biblical proverb that states pride comes before a fall. ...read more.

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