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AS and A Level: Simon Armitage
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Comparative Poem Essay - "About his Person" and "Cataract Operation" Simon Armitage was born on the 25th of May 1963, in the town Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Armitage studied at Manchester University
"About his Person" is about the possessions found on a dead man. It shows that from anyone's possessions, a lot can be learnt about that particular persons life or personality. In the poem, some of these possessions include; "a library card", "a giveaway photograph", "a shopping list", and "a final demand". From these and other possessions, much can be learnt about how the man died, why he died, and what kind of a person he was. Although, as Armitage likes to do, this poem leaves you with no actual answer of how the man died, instead, it leaves you with a horde of unanswered questions.
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Explore Armitage`s presentation of his relationship with his parents in the poems: "Mother, any distance" and "My father thought" Simon Armitage`s two poems are from a collection called "Book of Matches
"You come to help me measure windows, pelmets, doors", this is a triadic structure and it is like going through stages of life, for example; windows could be being a baby, pelmets being nursery and primary school and doors could be secondary school/college. The last line of the stanza says "acres and "prairies" is describing the vastness and the distance he has gone through so far in the life so far. In the stanza "doors and floors" are rhyming couplets.
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This emphasizes that they have a strong and healthy relationship. He also talks about how he feels as he is moving further away from him mother. "...unreeling years between us.". he shows that he still feels attached to her even though he is moving away but at the same time he claims that he feels free and has to have his own responsibility. Now that he is moving houses, he feels a very big space between his mother and himself.
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By changing everyday ordinary things into extraordinary images, the poet creates a vivid picture and a sense of movement. He does this through his choice of words, his use of colloquial expressions and his use of metaphor. Notice how he describes the pigeon. The expression "turns tail" is particularly effective because it suggests that the pigeon is turning and "taking flight", all in one quick movement. Comparing the tail to a magician fanning out a pack of cards also works well because it expresses the magic of a brief moment when the pigeon opens out its tail feathers.
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The use of colloquialism makes the image even more menacing as we do not understand greatly of this man. Originally, it could be perceived as an old man who regrets his actions in the past. It however, could also be seen as a man who enjoyed killing but must come up with an excuse to the reasons for killing him. 'My foe of course he was, that's clear enough, although.' The poem "Hitcher" has a character that expresses violence in a completely different manner. The poem is a monologue where the speaker casually admits to possibly murdering an innocent hitchhiker.
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the speakers thoughts on "milk white b*****s and... virginity" in lines 12 and 13. The questions themselves are not typical of a general studies exam and are seemingly random, much like thought processes often are, though reference to "the decameron" could be linked to the adolescent and hormonal thoughts of lines 12 and 13. Armitage's reputation for representing and understanding youth culture is highlighted by his reference to the general studies exam as "..a doddle, a cinch for anyone with an ounce of common sense" in lines 6 and 7. This concept of general studies remains true today while the speaker's insight on the use of "...a calculator with a memory feature" to cheat shows the writer's comprehension of such things.
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In 'I am very bothered' love is expressed through a thirteen year old boy in a science lab asking him to marry him in an extraordinary way, the incident is very ambiguous and many images are painted in the readers head with images about love but in an odd way, he uses words such as "rings" and "eternity", these give the idea of love but Armitage uses these words to describe a boy asking someone to marry him by burning their fingers.
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Evaluating two poems by Simon Armitage, 'I've made out a will' and 'my father thought it b****y q***r.'
This steady rhythm echoes the sound of a heart beating. The way the poet has described his body is humorous. "the jellies and tubes" This shows that the poet is not very concerned about what happens to his body once he has died. "loaf of brains" is a play on the cockney rhyming slang for head - loaf of bread. This again suggests that the poet doesn't value his body very highly. "they can have the lot" The tone of this phrase seems casual and almost neglectful.
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Hearing a stereo-typical common accent to describe these predominantly upper class things makes them seem even more unattainable. The accent also serves to create a detailed image of the speaker in the mind of the reader. The writer uses several methods to show how one man has things in excess and the other has nothing. 'Someone's seen you swimming lengths in gold top milk, me parched'. Now this is obviously litos but shows the sort of wealth this man has, and again reinforces the huge difference between the two men. In the opening paragraph the writer continually repeats the words 'You' and 'Your', this is a very impolite way of addressing someone and so from the very beginning the audience can tell the tone of the poem and that this is a very angry piece.
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The poem has a very informal manner. It is not directed at any individual person and the use of ellipsis, where there seems to be a word or more than one word missing from the sentence is used effectively to keep to the ten syllable per line structure. The words "bacon eaten" which are used in the poem seem to be cut short and it feels that it should actually have written, "the bacon was eaten". It's register is very standard and it is wrote how you would expect Simon Armitage to say it.
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Kid - The poem is a dramatic monologue by Robin the Boy Wonder, the loyal sidekick to Batman in the comic strips, television programmes and films.
with boredom, but unable to do anything. * This poem contains various examples of slang, for example naval slang - wander leeward (line 2), British slang - the ordinary word motor (line 11) for the amazing Bat mobile, and American slang - baby (line 24). The mixture of styles adds humour and perhaps helps to illustrate the growing-up process: Robin is trying out a mixture of things. * - There is a serious message behind the comedy - we are encouraged to consider whether heroes and hero-worship can really sustain young people growing up.
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The final section is split so that it ends in a couplet like a Shakespearean sonnet. Some may argue that this poem is not a sonnet because it does not follow a conventional sonnet form, such as a Shakespearean sonnet or a Petrarchan sonnet. 'Those bastards in their mansions' has some weird features to its structure. Ten of the first eleven lines end in an unstressed syllable, and there are some rhymes such as "ditches/britches", "porches and torches", and there is the part-rhyme in "shackles/ankles". At the end of the poem, there is short lines and true rhyme on one syllable, "sun" and gun".
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The subject matter is a happier and more enjoyable compared to About His Person. About His Person lists all the items that a dead man had upon him when he was discovered. It reads like a police officer's report. The following quotations "an analogue watch, self-winding, stopped", "but beheaded in his fist", and "a ring of white unweathered skin" all show a sign of a wrecked and finished life. Poem could be similarly compared to the two other poems. The reason being is as it shows signs of affectionate love and signs of tragedy and deceitfulness. Poem is about a husband and a father who has a serious problem with his frame of mind.
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For example the third and fourth lines of the first stanza read, 'And he always tucked his daughter up at night And slippered her the one time that she lied.� Although there are more good than bad things mentioned, the bad is cleverly positioned at the end of the line and this seems to make it overshadow and even cancel out all of the positive actions mentioned. In the context of a eulogy the three positive lines could be what is being said with the last line representing the thoughts of those present at the funeral.
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The purpose of my transformation was to turn the Simon Armitage poem 'Untitled' into a diary leading up to the classroom event.
'Man she jus dunt kno wen to giv up and I kno how to look after my dinner money'. These colloquialisms are a feature of his younger idiolect and are very stereotypical of how younger children and teenagers speak at that age. He does it to be cool and shows that he is quite a lazy person. Elision is used with words such as 'gotta', 'gimme' and 'gunna'. This helps widen Simons' idiolect and emphasise the point that he is very lazy with his speech and prefers to use colloquial slang language rather than Standard English. This helps heighten his status in conversation with people of similar age.
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He had a postcard stamped but it wasn't sent to the person he was sending it to. The word "slashed" was used and this showed violence. It also showed that he was writing something quickly when the poem states "A pocket sized diary slashed with a pencil" From March 24th to 1st of April, something happened during that period of time and we don't know what it is. This makes us wonder in suspicion, what it was about. In his hand there is a piece of paper with his own handwriting on it: "A final demand, in his own hand" and this suggests that it could be his bill order which is unpaid.
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Life, its problems, the good and the bad of human experience, are major concerns of Simon Armitage's poetry.
There are three verses describing things he did. Mostly everything is good things about him for example "And for his mum he hired a private nurse" apart from the last sentence which describes him doing bad things for example "And twice he lifted 10 quid from her purse" (Mother). This made the reader only remember the bad things because it was the last thing the reader remembers about him from the whole paragraph. The last verse is about how people rated him as a bad person who he was only occasionally like everyone else in the world.
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Simon Armitage uses language to explore interesting experiences. Use two poems to show how he does this.
Later on in the poem the speaker talks about being in a science lab where the incident that he was bothered about took place. "When I held a pair of scissors by the blades And played the handles In the naked lilac flame of the Bunsen burner." This quotation is showing that the speaker is intending to do something very bad with the scissors. Also he describes his actions in such a way that it sounds like he is enjoying what he is doing and getting pleasure out of it.
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We ask ourselves, is the photograph "stashed in his wallet" the equivalent of a keepsake in a locket, or were they two separate items. The photographs makes us think that he may have had loved ones. After all it is human nature to love someone. Armitage uses a simile in line twelve. Up until line twelve the diction is factual and plain. In line 12, he compares the note of explanation to a spray carnation. Carnations being funeral flowers, are associated with death or a funeral and reminds us that that somehow the man died.
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Any card." Another very good example of Armitage's imagery is shown in the first two lines of the poem. He is saying that the sun is like a persons head as they pull a turtleneck jumper over it; an unusual simile. This could also paint the picture of the sun rising, creating the new dawn, symbolising his new sight. The imagery is of him moving from darkness into light, almost as if he is being re-born. The turtleneck could also represent a struggle between his fear of staying in the dark and his fear of having to have an operation to renew his sight.
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This shows how he does not have much of a conscience. This is re-affirmed by the fact that he did it twice and did not regret the evil deed. The man also has a short temper. For example he lost his cool with his wife and punched her in the face just because she laughed once. This poem also shows us that he is also inadequate in that he has a violent side to him.
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poems about a fathers emotion and love towards his son when he gets injured my a bed of nettles ?my son aged three fell in the nettle bed. Bed seemed a curious name for those green spears, that regiment of spite behind the shed? Veron Scannell makes the structure tightly packed and makes the poem follow this rhyme scheme to increase the pace of the poem, he does this because the poems about revenge and his efforts to destroy the nettles that hurt his son, it could also represent his heart beat due to the pace.
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