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

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 and acquired a BA in Geography and an MA in Psychology. After several different jobs, including a probation officer, Armitage decided to become a modern poet and writer. He writes mainly about people and places, and has written many novels, including the well-known "Little Green Man". His poems and novels have now made him a renowned poet as well as writer. Armitage has written a book full of poems named "The Book of Matches". All the poems included are said to be have been written in the time that it takes for a match to fully burn. The two poems; "About his Person", and "Cataract Operation" are two of these poems. They are very similar in some ways, and very different in others. Although Armitage mainly writes poems with similar content, "About his Person" and "Cataract Operation" are both quite different. "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

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Compare and Contrast - Cataract Operation, About his person, & Poem

Compare and Contrast: Cataract Operation, About his person, & Poem Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and lives in West Yorkshire. Simon Armitage has taught at the University of Leeds and the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, and currently teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University. He writes biographical poems, which are based on things, which he has experienced in his life. In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting three of Simon Armitage's poems, Cataract Operation, About His Person and Poem. The subject matter in Cataract Operation is about the poet looking out of his window and seeing things in a way he has never seen them before, like pigeons in the yard, washing on a line, and hens pecking for food. This is because a cataract operation clears the lens of his eye's, which has become unclear, so the poet is affectionate to his new way of seeing things to having had a difficulty in front of his eyes cleared away by surgery. 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

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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.

Tom Dobson Commentary on Text Transformation The purpose of my transformation was to turn the Simon Armitage poem 'Untitled' into a diary leading up to the classroom event. The piece is for a reading audience for an ranged audience between the ages of 18 to 30. I used Simon Armitage as the main focus in the diary and it shows him going through his day giving his own response to people interacting with him. To give the text an extra dimension I have shown the grown up Simon Armitage looking back at that particular day and school in general showing the difference in attitudes and values as a result of age and maturity. To show the character changes I have used a different style of lexis for each this makes it more obvious and easier to read. It also gives the piece more structure as it keep it on line and flowing. The younger Simon Armitage uses a mass of slang language. '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

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Comparative essay on poems from the 'Book of matches'.

Comparative Essay On Poems I have decided to use two poems from the book of matches, 'Those bastards in their mansions', 'I've made out a will' and the poem 'Kid' to compare and contrast. Simon Armitage wrote 'Book of matches' in 1993. It is a selection of poems without titles. Each poem is meant to be read in the time that it takes for a match to burn down. There is a pun in the title, a packet from which we tear out the matches a book, but this is also a book in the normal sense, with words for us to read. Both of these poems are fourteen lines long, but they are not strictly a sonnet in form. 'I've made out a will' has irregular rhymes, both full and half rhymes. It is split so that there is a first block of eight lines, then a second block of six lines, which is split into a four and a two. 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"

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Life, its problems, the good and the bad of human experience, are major concerns of Simon Armitage's poetry.

Life, its problems, the good and the bad of human experience, are major concerns of Simon Armitage's poetry There are three poems I have chosen to help me discuss and write about my thesis 'Life , its problems, the good and the bad of human experience, are major concerns of Simon Armitage's poetry'. They are the Untitled poem "I am very bothered", "Poem" and "It Ain't What You Do, It's What It Does To You". "Poem" is one of Armitage's life problem poems When You don't remember the good things a person has done but the bad things a person has done you remember. This poem has many lines which start with 'and' which is a sort of list of things this person has done. Also he starts off the poem with "And if it snowed and snow covered the drive" which is like the poem is the second part of another poem or he has left out the beginning and got to the important part. 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

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Evaluating two poems by Simon Armitage, 'I've made out a will' and 'my father thought it bloody queer.'

Comparison of two poems I will be evaluating two poems by Simon Armitage. The first will be 'I've made out a will' and the second 'my father thought it bloody queer.' I chose these as they have a similar structure. Also I favour these over other Armitage poems. In the first line of this poem the poet states that he has made a will and is going to donate his body to the National Health Service. As the poem has no title, the poet has set his subject of writing, straight from the start. He describes which parts of his body he will leave before clearly announcing that he does not want to donate his heart. The poem is 14 lines long, and has just two sentences; the first is divided into an octet and the second sentence is divided in sestet which has been split into four lines and a couplet to finish. There is some irregular rhyme; however this is effective as most of the words are just one syllable 'the face, the case, the cogs.' 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

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Simon Armitage uses language to explore interesting experiences. Use two poems to show how he does this.

Simon Armitage uses language to explore interesting Experiences. Use two poems to show how he does this. Armitage uses a number of techniques to explore the theme of experiences, but the main way he does it is through language. He also explores the themes of abuse and relationships in the two poems. "I am very bothered" and "Poem". In "I am very bothered" the speaker is thinking back on all the bad things he has done in his life and one thing in particular was bothering him. "I am very bothered when I think Of all the bad things I have done in my life". This extract is showing that the speaker uses the word "bothered" which suggests that it is just something that is on his mind but he does not consider it as a big deal. He is aware that he committed a bad doing but still this does not seem to affect him in any way. 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. He describes the flame from the Bunsen burner as being "naked lilac" this shows that

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A critical analysis of 'The Two of Us' by Simon Armitage.

A critical analysis of 'The Two of Us' by Simon Armitage The poem 'The Two of Us' is about two men who are very similar, except one has an extremely lavish lifestyle while the other is very poor. The poem is written from the point of view of the poor man about their relationship. The poem is made up of mostly eight line paragraphs except one nine line paragraph and one two line paragraph. The two line paragraph is used at the very end of the poem. The fact that it is separated from the rest of the text makes this final statement more poignant and stays in the readers head for longer. Mr Armitage uses a lot of non-standard English - 'sat sitting', 'I cant see it me'. This is used as a method of exaggerating the difference between them. 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

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Comparing the poems, Salome, Hitcher, On My First Sonne and The Man He Killed.

Comparing Poems The poems, Salome, Hitcher, On My First Sonne and The Man He Killed all have similar themes. The menacing and threatening ideas that the poets used are all based around death. However, each poem has a different perspective on the word with different motives and emotions. The Man He Killed is about a man who talks of the experience he had of shooting someone and the regrets he has for it. He feels guilty, as he has no conceivable explanation for shooting the man. He talks of the similarities he and his foe had such as 'He thought he'd 'list, perhaps, Off hand like - just as I.' The use of hesitation and repetition show the threatening side of the story. It is almost as if he himself is trying to construct an image in his mind as not to make himself look or feel guilty or censurable. 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. The speaker tells

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Compare and contrast how feelings of love or presented in The Manhunt and Nettles

Compare and contrast how feelings of love or presented in “The Manhunt” and “Nettles” The form in “the manhunt” is in couplets and they show the relationship between the husband and wife and represents their love “after the first phase, after passionate and intimate days” Simon Armitage makes some couplets rhyme and some not, this could represent their love due to the fact sometimes shes ok with him but because hes fragile she can set him of very easily and sometimes she feels he dosent love her because of the state he’s in, he does this to help the reader understand her struggle for his love and how she isn’t giving up on love also the it very widly spaced which represents how long she is willing to wait to recover his love and him, whereas in “Nettles” its very closely packed and it follows the A,B,A,B rhyme scheme, the 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. In comparison in the

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