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Brooklyn cop By Norman McCaig Choose a poem that gives a vivid portrayal of a character. Comment on the techniques used to portray this character. The poem "Brooklyn Cop" is written by Norman McCaig. In this poem he uses different techniques to give a vivid portrayal of cop in America. This poem is set in Brooklyn, New York. New York is a very violent city, it has the hardest toughest policemen in the world. This describes the stereotypical American cop - big, tough, and thick, but the cop is human, with human hopes and fears. Everyday he risks being caught up in the local violence when the violence could turn nasty. Everyday he puts his life at risk, and this describes his desire to get back home to his wife. At the start of the poem we start getting a vivid picture of the cop. "Built like a gorilla", is a simile and it tells us that he is a medium sized man with a big build and has a lot of thick dark hair. ...read more.

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He hoped he would see his wife because it is a violent city and he could be killed. Everyday he home comes home he is so pleased to see his wife. "Hiya honey", is not a clich´┐Ż when the cop uses it because every time the cop says this he really means it because he is so grateful to see his wife. Verse two describes the things that the cop can expect to deal with when he is working would be Gang fights, shootings, and robberies, etc. We know this when it says, "what clubbings, what gunshots between Phoebe's Whamburger and Louie's Place." When it says, "Should the tissue tear, should he plunge through into violence," this means he is dedicated to his job and would be willing to jump into violence to stop it. In the third verse the writer makes us feel sympathy for the cop because when it says " Who would be him, gorilla with a nightstick, who's home is a place he might, this time, never get back to?" ...read more.

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I think it is ok for the police to use violence in order to stop other violence because sometimes it doesn't work when they use verbal negotiation. So if they use violence to solve their problems it might stop the other people from doing whatever it is that they are doing. But then again it is not good to use violence because some people take it too far and something bad could happen. This poem raises several issues about the problem of violence in society and how the police should be expected to deal with violent people and situations. It is ok for the police to use violence because they use it in a suitable way because they use it to stop violence. I think it is ok for the police to use violence in order to stop other violence because sometimes it doesn't work when they use verbal negotiation. So if they use violence to solve their problems it might prevent the criminals from doing there crime and also it would send a message to other criminals. 20/09/2007 Rebecca Brierley ...read more.

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