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Compare and contrast the poems "half past two" and "dear Mr Lee" both written by U.A Fanthorpe.

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Poetry Compassion This coursework assignment requires me to compare and contrast the poems "half past two" and "dear Mr Lee" both written by U.A Fanthorpe. I will focus on what happens in the poem. The experience of the child, the ignorance of the teachers and the author's craft. To reflect upon the simularites and differences of the two poems. These two poems invite the reader to emphasis with the child; the child in both poems has had a not entirely positive experience at school. Because of a lack of understanding by the teacher. In "Half Past Two" the audience learn that the student did something wrong. As a result, he was put in detention and was instructed to remain "in the school room till half past two." ...read more.

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Rather than supporting the child, "dream of following in Lorrie Lees footsteps, Mr Smart clamed that for anyone with there punctuation to consider poetry as a career is enough to make the angels weep." The reader is left with the impression the teacher has not encouraged students to reach there full potential. In Half Past Two, we admittedly discover that the child has into trouble. However, the reader is not expected to believe this is a horrible child as the teacher totally forgot about him initially. We are further expected to empathise with the child, as he is "too scared of being wicked to remind her that he cannot tell the time." We further get an insight in his immaturity when he uses personification when describing the clock with its "two long legs." ...read more.

Conclusion

The Childs passion is also clear in the way they constantly restarts there letter almost as if he contains their excitement. Even sentences blend into each other, when they state " It all times share villas and turtumolinos and hour old were you when you became a poet?" The poem Mr Lee is written in the style of a letter whilst little figurative language is veal the structure suggests this was written hastily. Half Past Two uses childlike language to suggest its innocence; it begins "once upon a school time," much in the style of a fair tale. Whilst numeric times aren't used important times to the child such as " getting uptime and TV time" are personification is used to describe the clock and metaphors to explain he couldn't "click its language"(explaining they cannot tell the time) which examples of onomatopoeia are used evident in "setting and "tick" all of which help to establish the child like atmosphere. ...read more.

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