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

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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.

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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.  

 In the last line of the octet emphasis’s the poet’s wish to keep his heart.

        “ but not the ...

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