Brooklyn Cop by Norman MacCaig. The poem is about a cop who works in Brooklyn, New York which is known to be a rather violent society, thus making the job of a cop there even tougher.
"BROOKLYN COP" ESSAY In class we have been reading a provocative, emotional and in-sightful poem set in modern day times. The poem is about a cop who works in Brooklyn, New York which is known to be a rather violent society, thus making the job of a cop there even tougher than being a cop anywhere else. The fact that every day working is a life threatening situation for him is continual throughout the poem, as is the fierce, tough and scary characteristics of this Brooklyn cop. The poet, Norman MacCaig, expresses the subject's personality and gradually reveals this which allows the reader a greater appreciation. I think this poem is very effective and shows how the cop deals with his work and his home life. Firstly, in the verse one MacCaig begins with a simile. This is used in an effective way to compare a cop with a gorilla which clearly sends across the message that the cop is big built, but he also adds a bit of humour in this part of the poem - making out that the cop is tougher than a gorilla. The poet as states the gorilla is "thick fleshed" to emphasis yet again that the cop is big built, large, muscly, tough and has a thick outer shell. "Built like a gorilla but less timid" I found this interesting because the joke provides a light-hearted opening. It's not a very flattering image as it compares the man to a gorilla which I find odd because gorillas are naturally
I HAVE met them at close of day A Coming with vivid faces B From counter or desk among grey A Eighteenth-century houses. B I have passed with a nod of the head C Or polite meaningless words, D Or have lingered awhile and said C Polite meaningless words, D And thought before I had done A Of a mocking tale or a gibe B To please a companion A Around the fire at the club, B Being certain that they and I C But lived where motley is worn: D All changed, changed utterly: C A terrible beauty is born. D That woman's days were spent A In ignorant good-will, B Her nights in argument A Until her voice grew shrill. B What voice more sweet than hers C When, young and beautiful, D She rode to harriers? C This man had kept a school D And rode our winged horse; A This other his helper and friend B Was coming into his force; A He might have won fame in the end, B So sensitive his nature seemed, C So daring and sweet his thought. D This other man I had dreamed C A drunken, vainglorious lout. D He had done most bitter wrong A To some who are near my heart, B Yet I number him in the song; A He, too, has resigned his part B In the casual comedy; C He, too, has been changed in his turn, D Transformed utterly: C A terrible beauty is born. D Hearts with one purpose alone A Through summer and winter seem B Enchanted to a stone A To trouble the living stream.
Michael Longleys poem The Pattern is about how a mans memories start flooding back when he rediscovers the bridal pattern for his wifes wedding dress. At first he is nervous to uncover the full truth about his wife and to look back on the p
What are your feelings about the man and his sentiments towards his wife, and how does the poem make you feel this way? Michael Longley's poem 'The Pattern' is about how a man's memories start flooding back when he rediscovers the bridal pattern for his wife's wedding dress. At first he is nervous to uncover the full truth about his wife and to look back on the past. The sewing pattern seems to summon up memories of his wedding day and his, perhaps dead, wife. The poem makes you feel pity towards the man, because although his wife may have been 'complicated' he still misses her and longs to be with her. The poet describes the pattern in a very complex way, using the title to vaguely summarise the main themes. The title could be referring to the pattern of life, the pattern of memories or the pattern of love. The pattern also acts as a memory trigger to the man and is the only connection that he seems to have with his wife. The envelope that held the pattern is described as 'fat'. This is a very simple, uninteresting adjective, which suggests that what is on the outside does not always reflect what is on the inside. For example the envelope may have been unattractive and insignificant to the man, but the pattern inside it held important and interesting memories. The poet is also nervous about unfolding the pattern, leading us to believe that he does not want to revisit the
Commentary on Houseman's " To an athlete dying young speech".
To an athlete dying young speech By Candice
In the Snack Bar - bravery
'In the Snack Bar' by Edwin Morgan is an emotional poem that explores the theme of bravery through the character of an old blind man. The characterisation of this old man and the imagery, word choice and line structure Morgan employs help to convey to the reader the main theme of bravery and also help to evoke sympathy and compassion for the disabled old man. The most significant poetic technique employed by Morgan in this emotional poem is undoubtedly imagery; the transferred epithet 'dismal hump' helps to convey to the reader the old man's plight and the burden he literally has to carry with him all his life. Morgan furthers the notion of the man's plight through his use of the simile 'like a monstrous animal caught in a tent/in some story'. The comparison of the disabled man to a monster dehumanises the man and further emphasises the extent of his plight and his isolation from society. This simile also conveys the man's bravery as it shows that despite him being a prisoner of his own disability - or metaphorically 'caught in a tent' - he refuses to give in to the pressures of his disability and his detachment from society. Morgan here, in my opinion, very effectively employs the simile and the transferred epithet to appeal to the reader and also to evoke sympathy for the disabled man which further augments the reader's understating of the man's bravery and endurance.
How the Author Conveys Tragedy in Out, Out
How The Author Conveys Tragedy in "Out, Out" "Out, Out", is a poem written by Robert Frost that covers the tragic story of a death of a young boy as a result of bleeding from a heavy injury and the lack of treatment. The author, Robert Frost, manages to convey this sense of tragedy very successfully by utilizing a few literary techniques such as personification and direct speech. In the story, a young boy is introduced, working on a saw in a yard. He has no other choice, as he needs to earn money in order to support the family, even if he is only of young age. He is described as a "boy", telling the readers that he is in fact very young, and most probably not even in his teenage years yet. He is working and his very stereotypical sister comes along and announces that dinner is ready. At this point, his hand becomes "fed" into the saw as depicted and because of this; he suffers heavy injuries and eventually dies of what seems to be a lack of blood within the body. Although this event in itself is already very tragic, the author manages to augment this greatly by using a number of literary techniques. The author uses personification in the story in order to emphasize the violence and danger of the machine. In the story the boy is seen working with a saw and it is depicted as very violent. "...And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled..." The words "snarled" and
Sheenagh Pugh is for me, a passionate and powerful poet; the majority of her poetry has contained the themes of the earth and how it will be ruined if we are not careful.
Sheenagh Pugh is for me, a passionate and powerful poet; the majority of her poetry has contained the themes of the earth and how it will be ruined if we are not careful. Even within her children's poetry, these themes are prominent. The other major theme within the poetry of Sheenagh Pugh is 'the bible' this theme is quite often in association with divine love for earth. She deals with this in a startlingly refreshing and compassionate way, often with the sense of melancholy but never with depression. Sheenagh Pugh refers in the title of 'The craft I left in was called Esau' that the pilots name is Esau and she is suggesting that mankind has made a bad bargain like Esau did in the bible. The settings of the poems are different from each other; 'The craft I left in was called Esau' is set in an spacecraft while 'Do you think We'll ever get to see Earth again, Sir?' is set in a classroom on a different planet evoking memories of home. In 'Do you think we'll ever see earth again, sir?' the setting is in a classroom and the teacher referring about earth. Sheenagh Pugh has set this poem in another world and in a class because she wants to show how it would make us think of home. She is uprooted from her culture or roots and she speaks 'I can't fancy a tour through the ruins of my home' which suggests that she has no intentions of seeing her old traditions and earth. The theme
The short lyric poem, "maggie and milly and molly and may," is written by a famous American poet, Edward Estlin Cummings. The poem is about four young girls that go to the beach. Each girl's personality is revealed by what she does.
maggie and milly and molly and may! The short lyric poem, "maggie and milly and molly and may," is written by a famous American poet, Edward Estlin Cummings. The poem is about four young girls that go to the beach. Each girl's personality is revealed by what she does. The speaker is hidden. The poem has theme, alliteration, consonance, simile, and irregular rhyme scheme. There are a lot of feelings and emotions. Four young girls went to the beach to play. Maggie found a seashell that sang so pleasant that she couldn't remember her problems. Milly became friends with a starfish. Molly was chased by a crab that frightened her. And May came home with a smooth stone that she found. Finally, E. E. Cummings concludes by making a profound statement: we find ourselves by the sea. The speaker in the poem could be either a male of a female. The speaker was most likely hidden somewhere, and he/she was observing what the kids were playing with or what they found. The speaker then compared it with life. The theme of the poem is finding one's self. One of the alliterations used in the poem is the title itself," maggie and milly and molly and may." There is also consonance used in the poem such as "blowing bubbles" and "stranded star." There are few similes used in the poem which are "may came home with a smooth round stone as small as the world and as large as alone" and "for whatever
TS Eliot Poetry/The Turning
Preliminary Advanced English Area of Study - Change PART TWO (words: 348) Tim Wintons' short story, The Turning, follows the struggles of the protagonist, Raelene, as she questions her individuality and attempts to escapes her husbands' sexual repression. Winton challenges the values pertaining to the traditional role of women in contemporary society, as he presents Raelene's journey for self discovery from a critical point in her life. In The Turning the notion of stagnation and inability to change are heavily conveyed, however the consequences of these changes are determined by the nature of the influence. Raelene is essentially a protagonist who unintentionally resists change. The religious influence of Sherry enables her to question her perhaps concrete existence, it is described as "waves flashed....like her thoughts" to symbolise change and risk that comes with the deterioration of this concrete existence. Raelene is to a degree a prisoner of Max's predominately sexual views of women "She felt tantalizingly close to some kind of breakthrough" reinforces with an enthused tone that she is attempting to overcome. "There were lights..searching...looking into the fires" symbolises that she has accepted change as inevitable and to a degree discovered herself. Although she recognises that change fundamental which is advantageous, she is unable to instigate change due to
Siegfried Sassoon Presentation
John Saunders (and Thomas Padgett) - 10R 28/11/01 -> Poetry presentation - 'Does it matter?' By Siegfried Sassoon Does it Matter? Does it matter? -Losing your legs? ... For people will always be kind, And you need not show that you mind When the others come in after hunting To gobble their muffins and eggs. Does it matter? -Losing your sight? ... There's such splendid work for the blind; And people will always be kind, As you sit on the terrace remembering And turning your face to the light. Do they matter? -Those dreams from the pit? ... You can drink and forget and be glad, And people won't say that you're mad; For they'll know you've fought for your country And no one will worry a bit. Theme and subject matter: We are now going to talk about the theme and subject matter of the poem. This poem was influenced a lot over the past times of Siegfried Sassoon, during his childhood, and the time he spent in trenches of warfare. Siegfried was nicknamed as 'the most innocent of war poets', because of his childhood. Born as a Jew in 1886, he was born into a very wealthy family, and he took advantage of it. Infact, he was very much the squire back then. He did everything rich people did back then, such as playing sports like fox hunting, croquet, cricket and golf, along with writing romantic verses in his free time. No-body really knew why he signed up to