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  1. Half Past 2 Analysis

    The boy has divided the day up into reasonable sections to try to understand time. Throughout the poem, Fanthorpe uses capital letters to indicate the importance of the teacher and the effect that has on him. When the boy does 'Something Very Wrong' the writer uses capitals to emphasize the importance of the event and the impact this has on the little boy.

    • Word count: 557
  2. What does Fanthorpe have to say about power and control in 'you will be hearing from us shortly,' and 'dictator'?

    In verse one the use of the word 'adequate' and 'position' make up the rhetorical question. By the interviewer simply using the word adequate you have the sense that he already does not think that the person is up to the position in hand. The next question uses 'qualities' the interviewee already in the interviewer's eyes has no qualities. Just from the first verse the person is seen as a failure and useless at everything the person does. The response that the interviewee gave must have been wrong or simply just plain because the only response the interviewer gave was 'ah.'

    • Word count: 1538
  3. How does U.A. Fanthorpe create different personalities within the poems 'Not My Best side' and 'Old Man, Old Man'?

    The 'insignificant' memory lapse with use of enjambment persuades the reader to stop and feel empathy for the old man, similarly enjambment emphasises the word 'fretting'. Enjambment also creates suspense in 'Not My Best Side', in the dragon's case. 'I don't mind dying / Ritually, since I will always rise again,' In 'Old Man, Old Man' Fanthorpe uses the change of pronoun to show the proximity between the old man and the narrator. Fanthorpe talks in the first half of the poem about the old man when he was younger.

    • Word count: 2728
  4. Discussing the main theme and features of the poem 'Old Man, Old Man' written by U.A. Fanthorpe.

    "Not good with daughters" (line 12) supports the idea that he would have preferred to have had a son, whether it is because he would find it easier to socialise with or believes they would have more things in common it is not evident, this also tells us that she must be the daughter of this old man hence why she knows so much about him. The old man makes no effort at all to try and socialise with his daughter or respect her.

    • Word count: 959
  5. Is Fanthorpe an Effective Poet?

    Poetry "can't do more," than stay honest and independent "because it hasn't the status" of other forms of writing. "All a poet can do is warn", which is what Fanthorpe, does powerfully. Over her life time she has written a number of successful poems, for instance, "Not My Best Side," and "Half-Past Two," and a variety of other remarkable poems. In my eyes, the two poems that she wrote which demonstrate her skills most effectively are, "Not My Best Side," and "You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly." Both these poems display her skilful talent in using the other voice, along with creating a large amount of emotion.

    • Word count: 1084
  6. W far do you agree with the view that Fanthorpe "offers us new perspectives on the things we take for granted"?

    "That uproots the future, That you must live for every hour of your future," The author implies that the only way through this situation is letting time do the work as suggested by the proverb "Time is a great healer". During the next stanza the poet refers to the "The Unprofessionals" or the people who come to console as though they aren't trained in the art of counseling and the event has come as a shock to them as well as the mourner as they haven't anticipated this crisis.

    • Word count: 1748
  7. UA Fanthorpe is a poet who dislikes modern life. Consider this, using examples from 'Safe As Houses'.

    It is glaringly obvious that Fanthorpe appreciates this natural space of 'solitude' and 'strangeness'; however, the same cannot be said of her view on the property developers thoughts. The poet uses alliteration of the letter H to make the words harsh and invasive, 'hard shoulders, Happy Eaters, Heavy breathing of HGVs'. This immediately presents their argument in an unfavourable light. Abbreviations are used, 'Ind Ests' instead of industrial estates and 'Jnctns' instead of junctions. This is almost like a new language, a code that politicians do not want us to know.

    • Word count: 1015
  8. By Reference to three poems in the 'Tracks' anthology, discuss how Fanthorpe explores the theme of authority.

    The dragon appears to be upset about the way he is shown in Uccello's painting, as he believes that he has been portrayed in such a way as to make him seem weak and easily conquered. "Why, I said to myself, should my conqueror Be so ostentatiously beardless?" The dragon feels that he has been made to look inferior to the very young-looking St George by Uccello, in order for the painting to portray the traditional idea that 'good' (St George)

    • Word count: 4023
  9. “Fanthorpe is a master in speaking in the voice of another” - Discuss.

    She was once a nurse and was also previously a schoolteacher. The latter profession undoubtedly gave Fanthorpe an insight into the mind of a child; an advantage which enables her to create such wonderful poems as 'Reports', 'Dear Mr. Lee' and 'Half-past Two'. Going into as many professions as Fanthorpe would have possibly given her all the interview experience she needed to write 'You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly'. One thing that makes U. A. Fanthorpe a master of speaking in the voice of another, and separates her from most other poets, is her ability to understand and correctly use the language of the character that she is trying to portray.

    • Word count: 613
  10. Using the poems 'Dear Mr. Lee' and 'Report' both written by U A Fanthorpe, I will write an assay discussing the way the poet presents schools in both poems.

    The more experienced teacher is explaining to the other teacher how to write the students' reports in a way that will not cause too much of a stir. The girl in `Dear Mr. Lee' has been given a set of guidelines which she is expected to follow. Her teacher, Mr Smart, is the force that must implement the guidelines. As part of this course she has been made to study a number of books, which she must analyse. Because pupils are forced into the position of analysing texts which, let's be honest, no one would ever choose to read, "T.Huges and P.Larkin and that lot in our anthology, not exactly a laugh a minute, pretty gloomy really."

    • Word count: 1161
  11. Comparing the poems "Dr Mr Lee" and "Reports".

    Even though it wasn't her fault and the student found the subject difficult, she still liked to read the book. "I didn't much like those questions about the social welfare of the rural community and the seasons as perceived by an adolescent". The language used by Fanthorpe's in the poem is effective in that It clearly illustrates the way the student feels and gives the reader a sense of what school is like from the students perspective. He uses a lot negative words towards Mr Smart and Shakespeare he also dislikes T Hughe and P.

    • Word count: 739
  12. Compare the ways 'Old Man, Old Man' and 'Warning' Deal with the theme of old age.

    "Old Man, Old Man" continues to explain to the reader how old age brings deterioration and isolation to people, talking of how "small things distress" and having his hands "shamble among clues", implying that old age brings more constraint and misery to a person, while we see that in 'Warning' the coming of old age will give the author an excuse to break society's constraints, such as dressing strangely and wasting money on "brandy and summer gloves...and say we've no money for butter".

    • Word count: 1098
  13. An appraisal of the poetic techniques used by the poet U.A.Fanthorpe and what effect she was trying to achieve.

    Fanthorpe uses this technique to good effect are You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly. Without any descriptive introduction the reader easily gets the impression of an interviewer who is probably female, very confident, unfeeling and has taken an instant dislike to the applicant. The interview starts nastily "You feel adequate to the demands of this position?" and ends with the total degradation of the candidate "Married, children, We see. The usual dubious Desire to perpetuate what had better Not have happened at all.

    • Word count: 1219
  14. 'Warning' and 'Old man, Old man' are both about growing old; compare the attitudes of the two poets.

    Jenny Joseph does not see herself unable to do anything that she can do at the moment. Her picture of old age is one of being active. "Sit down on the pavement when I'm tired." She sees this as being a childish act, as she would not consider sitting on the pavement now. She does not think about the restrictions that old age bring. In "Old man, old man" Fanthorpe presents a picture of her fathers old age. He is unable to do many things he once could do. "Now his hands shamble among clues" Fanthorpe's father could once do these things for himself but now he needs the help off the other people.

    • Word count: 789
  15. "The day my b*m went psycho" written by Andy Griffiths.

    He has the exact same amount of adventure and imagination as any other child of that age. He loves to fight evil and fight for justice. E.g - pg 54. "Zack knew his tennis raquet would be no use against that many bums" Zack is an adventurous young boy who indulges in the stupidity of the book and seems to adore the toilet humour (no pun intended) which this book clearly delivers. Never-the-less, I must congradulate Andy Griffiths on the way he fits the language and reactions of Zack in today's ( 2002 )

    • Word count: 561
  16. The Screaming Maggot.

    is laying novice hexes on my brain-pan," "projecting images of embryo development on my psychology," "The screaming maggot group-grope called life," and "Democracy of souls." These are all very metaphorical examples and each one is written in a way that one would not speak in. They are things that would be acceptable in a poem or byword, but not in a casual conversation. Conversations are also usually not told from one side with the other person as the main character or rather the receiver of information.

    • Word count: 561
  17. There are four poems in "At the Crossroads" which tackle the theme of childhood. These are "Hide and Seek", "Half-past Two", "Dear Mr Lee" and "Leaving School". Each poem tackles the theme of childhood from different perspectives and views.

    This world is a far more important world to him because he enjoys it far more and can get lost in this world where time doesn't matter. Although he does not know the times that the clock tells, he knows the times that get repeated to him. All the child can do is see the hands move but can't 'click its language'. In the end the child gets the blame for the teacher's lack of ability to teach the child, and the lack of awareness shown by the teacher.

    • Word count: 677
  18. Discuss the way that Fanthorpe creates and uses characters in her poetry - 'You will be hearing from us shortly' and 'Telephone conversation'.

    Despite being a minor poet, Fanthorpe seems to have a major yearning for power, and so uses it in quite a few of her poems to enhance some of the points she has made. This search for power may have come from an experience that she has been through in her earlier lifetime, or it may just be the way she likes to write. Most of her poems have roles which take on a huge power, of which is mainly used to belittle others.

    • Word count: 636
  19. How do: "Telephone Conversation" by Wole Soyinka and "Not My Best Side" by U.A Fanthorpeconvey a feeling of disappointment and judgement?

    These stanzas give the audience a clear indication of who is speaking.The sentence structure of "Telephone conversation" is somewhat distorted, for example:"...but madam, you should see (new line) The rest of me." As a result the lines are all roughly the same length, so that the poem keeps its continuity and more importantly emphasises the last sentence, which is very brief: "See for yourself?" This is ultimately the message of the poem, the man/woman is basically asking him/herself why the landowners do not give them a chance and have a meeting.

    • Word count: 1100
  20. How is the world of childhood presented in 'Hide and Seek', 'Leaving School' and 'Half Past Two'?

    He uses the word "I" a lot, which gives the impression that he is talking about himself at the time when he was going through this traumatic experience. Each of the boys in the three poems is at times confused and isolated. In ' Hide and Seek' the boy is puzzled by the fact that his friends do not come to find him and this makes him feel cut off from the world around him. "The darkening garden watches. Nothing Stirs."

    • Word count: 1126
  21. Looking at the poems 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph and the poem 'Half past Two' by U.A Fanthorpe.

    The Structure and language of the poems is similar. 'Warning' has four stanzas, the first one is long the second and the third one are the same and the fourth one is the shortest. 'Half past Two' has eleven stanzas that are all three lines long. Every new line in both poems starts with a capital letter, which makes each line just as important as the one before it. In 'Warning' the poet uses words like 'gobble' which are imagery words, you can imagine a child gobbling up something when she says it.

    • Word count: 779
  22. Poems about School - 'Welltread,' 'Leaving school' and 'Dear Mr Lee'

    'Welltread' is a poem of reflection on the author's life, so much that it shows in her poetry. These school experiences have mentally scarred her and she remembers them vividly to this day. 'There was the burn of the cane in my palm, still smouldering.' Another inadequate school experience is told through Hugo Williams, poem named 'Leaving school.' I think this poem is autobiographical because he refers to himself in the first half term, 'I was eight when I set out into then world...I thought it would be fun.' This suggests that he was not happy at school.

    • Word count: 759
  23. Compare And Contrast "Telephone Conversation" And "You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly"

    "Public hide and speak" In the poem, "Telephone Conversation" we can also hear the student's point of view as well as the landlady's but we sympathise with the student. Most times we take the narrators side and we feel distressed for him. Even though there is not a narrator in the poem: "You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly", we still feel we want to be on the candidates side because she is being humiliated and embarrassed for no particular reason, but the interviewer picks holes, for example her looks, education, her accent, her address and even the fact that

    • Word count: 1595
  24. Comparing Two Poems: Half-past Two by U A Fanthorpe and Leaving School by Hugo Williams

    Leaving School starts off: "I was eight when I set out into the world wearing a grey flannel suit". "Set out into the world" is a blatant exaggeration, the child is only going off to boarding school, but suggests how it the boy saw it as a big adventure. "Wearing a grey flannel suit"- this gives us the impression of an adult, but we have been told that the child is eight. This again shows us how much of an adventure it was for the boy and tells us how he was being made to grow up very fast "I had my own suitcase".

    • Word count: 837
  25. A Comparison of Half-past Two by UA Fanthorpe and Leaving School by Hugo Williams.

    is usually associated with fairy tales and other childish sentiments. This line makes the poem seem childish and we can tell by this line that the little boy is not telling the story, but someone else (perhaps another child) is telling the story. Leaving School's first line: 'I was eight when I set out into the world', creates a completely different atmosphere because it is not entirely clear what the narrator is referring to and it seems more significant than school. The line also makes it clear that the boy in the story is also the narrator.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and Contrast at least three of Fanthorpe’s poems taking account of her aims, objectives and techniques etc…

    "To conclude, the three Fanthorpe poems looked at in the Essay help us to understand the way that Fanthorpe regards incidents happening in the world today. It also uses a colloquial tone that provides a jovial piece to read as well as getting a serious point through. All in all the prose-like texts let the reader enjoy an idiosyncratic and meaningful set of poems."

  • I will attempt to analyse and compare two different poems which are called 'dear Mr Lee' and 'leaving school'.

    "Conclusion Overall, I thought that both poems were quite similar but also quite different because they were both about negative experiences at school but also the poems were structured differently 'dear Mr Lee' is structured to look like a letter from a fan to an author whereas 'Leaving School' is structured to look like a poem because it has three verses. Both poems had imagery but it was structured differently 'leaving school' had imagery when the headmaster spoke to the eight year old boy and 'Dear Mr Lee' has imagery when the teacher talks about the students punctuation near the end of the poem. The poem which had the most impact on me was 'Leaving School' because this was what sounded real to me because I went through the same problems when I started school, I was very shy like the eight year old boy is and I didn't ask for help when I needed it but 'dear Mr lee' is also a very good poem because this is what a lot of teenagers go through (dreaming about being someone else) and having an idol who they want to be exactly like and someone is always their to bring them back to real life and keep their feet on the ground."

  • Compare and contrast two poems about prejudice -

    "My conclusion is I prefer the Telephone Conversation because the man at the other end of the phone gets to voice his disagreement where as in You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly doesn't. Also YWBHFUS is an extremely ironic title, as the person will definitely not be hearing them from the interviewer. The former poem seems to be based in the sixties at the earliest because of the red double Decker bus and the red telephone box. Overall they are both of racist views though at least in one the person has a chance. Michael Broadhead"

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