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Assisi Poem review The Poem "Assisi" was written by Norman Mac Caig, and in it he describes his feeling at seeing a deformed beggar outside a grand ornate church. In my essay, I will argue that Norman Mac Caig's motive for writing the poem is to arouse our sympathy for the beggar and our disgust at the church for its hypocrisy. In addition I will look into how he achieves this and point out the techniques he employs. Furthermore I will discuss the poet's views and attitude towards the church and the beggar as well as how he challenges us in the way we treat people who are vulnerable and in need. Finally I will give my own opinions on the poem and the techniques employed in it. In the poem, a beggar is sitting slumped beside a grand, ornate and expensive church, whilst a priest is leading a group of tourists around the church. ...read more.


Overall I believe Norman MacCaig has very successfully aroused our sympathy for the beggar using all the techniques mentioned above. Norman MacCaig portrays the church as sly, cunning and hypocritical in verse two. The priest is explaining to a group of tourists about some paintings done by Giotto, an Italian painter who lived in the medieval age, and was famous for his frescoes showing human expressions as well as painting pictures to help those who could not read to understand the stories in the bible. The poet claims that he not only understood the priest's explanation but also the cunning tactics employed by the church, 'I understood the explanation and the cleverness.' Here the poet uses a pun: whilst the literal meaning of the word 'clever' means that it was smart of Giotto to paint pictures to help the illiterate to understand the bible; on the other hand, he alleges the church is cunning and sly, using charity as an excuse to decorate splendid churches and cathedrals instead of spending the money on the poor such as the beggar. ...read more.


Francis.' Here Norman MacCaig gives out the message that you should not ever judge people by appearance. To sum up, it is my view that Norman MacCaig very successfully arouses our sympathy towards the beggar and our disgust at the church, using a wide variety of techniques ranging from onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, dehumanization, juxtaposition, irony and very graphic descriptions of the beggar. The poem also has a wider message in challenging us all to do something to help others who are maybe not as well off as ourselves or are vulnerable and in need. It also tells us not to judge people on looks alone and that you should be wary of those who try to cheat you for your money. In my opinion Norman MacCaig has been very successful at carrying his messages through. I really enjoyed the poem and it has really challenged me in that I will bring a gift for a school charity for some child at Christmas, who is not as well off as myself. ...read more.

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