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A poem I found rather appealing because of the striking aspects of it was "Assisi" by Norman MacCaig.

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Assisi Choose a poem which appealed to you because it was striking. Show techniques the poet used to capture your interest and engage your feelings. A poem I found rather appealing because of the striking aspects of it was "Assisi" by Norman MacCaig. The poem is set in the small town of Assisi in Italy. The poem is written in three short stanzas. The poet uses various techniques which run throughout his poem for example he uses metaphors and similes to show the selfishness of the tourists. The power and might of the church, the hypocrisy of the priest and the ugliness of the badly deformed beggar. MacCaig immediately presents us with this shocking image of a deformed dwarf someone we can scarcely recognize as human. His descriptive simile 'Sat slumped like a half filled sack on tiny twisted legs from which sawdust might run' highlights the crumpled shapelessness of this sad little figure. MacCaig highlights the dwarfs pitiful appearance by his use of alliteration, the repeated's '. This is followed with a contrast. "Outside the three tiers of the churches built in honor of St Francis , brother of the poor, talker with birds ...read more.


I think MacCaig's ambition here is to show the twist of the church, how the frescoes were made available for the illiterate to see however if only they could understand the actual message they would not be spending money on great churches like the one built in honor of St Francis , the money would be spent on a more worthy cause and in helping people that are in the same situation as the dwarf. Another striking comment MacCaig makes is of the church, "I understood the explanation and the cleverness" MacCaig's goal here is to show the irony of the frescoes, that they were designed to be available to even the most empty headed people yet the priest and the tourists fail to see the true meaning of them unlike MacCaig.It also shows hypocrisy, if the priest really cared then he would be out helping the poor dwarf. At the beginning of the next stanza there is an extended metaphor comparing the tourists to hens. "A rush of tourists, clucking contently, fluttered after him as he scattered the grain of the word ". ...read more.


to her mother or a birds when it spoke to St Francis" we now have to think over what is actually important, as we discover that the dwarf has a sweet character, he is not harsh or hard and is grateful for the little he has. In contrast to the poor dwarf the church might be stunning on the outside but is uninviting on the inside as it is selfish and hypocritical. The descriptive simile is further increasing the shapelessness of this sad figure, the simile also helps you to imagine the innocence of the dwarf. In conclusion, the poem has made me realize that many people out there are simple - minded and very child like. It has made me think how it feels to be less fortunate and how people evaluate people on their looks and not the person who is inside. I liked the techniques used by MacCaig and found them very effective. His use of similes and metaphors helped to create a very effective picture of the scene in Assisi. I almost felt as if I was there with him at some stages. MacCaig certainly captured my interest and engaged my feelings. ...read more.

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