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GCSE: U A Fanthorpe
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U A Fanthorpe writes powerfully about those who are most disempowered. Do you agree? And how does she manage to do this?
This is poem is based on the theme of old age, "he left for himself when he saw better...". In the beginning the old man was in control of everything, didn't need help but by the end he lost control and he felt helpless. "...and small things distress: I've lost the hammer". It was also hinted that he was stubborn, disobedient and also had a short temper."...no power to arouse your surliness". There are a lot of techniques used by Fanthorpe to reveal what she thought about the old man. Fanthorpe uses alliteration to give the sentence a bit more meaning and punch, " ...garage and garden" these harsh consonant sounds give it a bit more emphasis to it.
- Word count: 1243
Look again at the poems "Half-past Two", "Reports" and "Dear Mr. Lee". How does UA Fanthorpe create a sense of character in each poem and what does the reader learn about her view of the education system as presented in these three poems?
The boy is left to stay behind in the classroom as he'd done "Something Very Wrong". The capitilisation and repetition of the line two lines later, indicates to the reader the teacher's angry tone and she was "cross" show the reader the feelings of the pupil being ashamed. Yet it doesn't go into detail what he'd done: (I forget what it was). From the beginning of the poem it is obvious to the reader that it is written by the pupil as an adult remembering back a childhood memory, as the brackets throughout the poem show the adult perspective.
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In "Not My Best Side" U A Fanthorpe challenges the traditional, stereotypical characters in the legend Of St George and the dragon only to replace them with another equally stereotypical
The phrases used by the dragon portray how the poem is the inverse of the painting itself. The fact that the angle of the picture was not in his favour has proven to disappoint the dragon deeply but he forgets the fact that he is about to be defeated and overcomes this with an answer; "I always rise again". The character is quick to point out such supposed absurdities as, "what, after all are two feet to a monster?" and how his conqueror travels on a horse, "with a deformed neck".
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"A hum; a waver; a trickle of mortar; a pause;" This is reinforced by the poet's use of punctuation. The tone created in this stanza is of a melancholy nature and we can sense Fanthorpe's regret that the cinema is been torn down. The idea of finality is continued in the second stanza with the phrase "This is the last performance". This is emphasised by Fanthorpe's use of half-rhyme" doubtfully" / "fall" which enacts the disharmony of the destruction of The Regal cinema by hinting at a rhyme which the reader does not get.
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Soyinka's poem is a Dialogue within a monologue where as Fanthorpe's poem is just a monologue. Also the tones are different the former poem has a shocking tone to start with but a mocking tone towards the end, while the other poem is extremely rude. The characters in the former poem are a white landlady and a black man and the characters in the latter poem are an interviewer and a possible interviewee the genders are unknown which helps highlight the fact that this can happen to anyone. The language in both poems is easy to understand neither have many difficult words and only Soyinka's poem uses metaphors and similes.
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Comparing Communication of Facts, Emotion and Purpose between The Reports of Fergal Keane and Primo Levi
'On the Bottom' is basically written and put together by detailed facts. Both writers have extremely different backgrounds. Primo Levi was an Italian Scientist who eventually committed suicide, reading his reports from the concentration camps it is unsurprising. Fergal Keane was a popular reporter who traveled widely. Primo Levi shows his report as impersonal but also gives a strong feeling of self-pity towards his reader. Unlike Levi, Fergal Keane is so personal that he tells the public of the letter he wrote and feelings he felt whilst holding his newborn baby.
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I will attempt to analyse and compare two different poems which are called 'dear Mr Lee' and 'leaving school'.
u see it in a different viewpoint which u may not like 'I didn't want to write a character sketch of your mother under headings, it seemed wrong somehow, when you had made her so lovely' the fan also thinks that s/he would know what sort of person Laurie Lee is and what Laurie lee would want 'I didn't think you'd want your book read that way, but bits of it I know by heart'. The reader loves the book and uses it as comfort reading.
- Word count: 1303
"Telephone conversation" by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly" by U A Fanthropeboth deal with discrimination. Compare and contrast the ways each poem deals with this issue.
This is shown when the interviewer asks "Now your age. Perhaps you feel able to make your own comment about that, too?" This indicates that the interviewer and his company want someone who is younger and less mature. They may feel threatened if they employ an older person and it is also possible that they may have to pay them more money. The interviewer and his company can influence a younger more easily. The interviewer is against the interviewee's older age. In comparison, the poem "Telephone conversation" does not discuss any discrimination of age.
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There are a few qualities of being old in the poem. If you are old like the anonymous man you do not have a worry in the world because you have no job you have to turn up to and nine o'clock or whenever. You have no business to run and all you have to worry about is to get the local paper every week and go shopping this is all that the have to worry about or something like that.
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The title of reports is also very simple and basic. This poem has a very negative opening. In my opinion this poem I about a young teacher this time being advised by an older teacher on how to write a school report. U.A Fanthorpe separates the two teachers' discussion from the words in the report by writing those words in italics. The more experienced teacher explains to the new young teacher how to handle different types of pupils, such as troublemakers and little geniuses.
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However there is also a less pessimistic view and that's what Jenny Joseph tries to demonstrate in "warning" and quite the opposite is UA Fanthorpe with "Old man, old man". In the following Composition I will be comparing how Fanthorpe and Joseph analyse old age in their poems. U A Fanthorpe who is quite mysterious when she writes old man and keen on putting hidden messages that one must uncover if one wants to truly understand the poem.
- Word count: 444
Compare and Contrast at least three of Fanthorpe’s poems taking account of her aims, objectives and techniques etc…
She also delves into the way that children see time as an event not a number, for example 'timeformykisstime'. Likewise, in Dear Mr Lee, the poet disputes the way of teaching English, stating that the way teacher deconstruct and analyse poems makes it impossible for the piece to be appreciated for its face values. Similarly, You will be hearing from us shortly dissects the truth about interviews and the way that pressure in an interview can make the interviewee feel looked down on and prejudged.
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She has also used brackets around the words "(I forget what it was)". Which makes the sentence before it "he did Something Very Wrong" sound as if it wasn't that important so that's why she doesn't remember what it was. Again in the second stanza the poet has written the words "Something Very Wrong" to make sure the reader understands that the boy did something terrible. When the poet doesn't ever mention what the boy has done wrong, which gives the impression that he doesn't know what he's done.
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U.A Fanthorpe also shows the incompetence of the teacher as she writes about the teacher also knowing the little boy has done something wrong but even she is not quite sure what. The young boy is told to stay in the classroom till half past two, the title of the poem. Still U.A Fanthorpe wants to show more incompetence in teachers as the young teacher in the poem forgets that she has not taught the young boy how to tell the time.
- Word count: 1198
The old man used to have a schedule because the narrator says, "your timetabled cigarette." The old man has become helpless because of his age. However he does not want to accept anyone's help. It says in the poem, "I love your helplessness, you who hate being helpless." The impression I get after analysing the poem is that the narrator is related to the old man. It is likely that the narrator is the old man's daughter because it says in the poem, "not good with daughters." Then later in the poem the narrator wants to help and acquaint herself with her father because she repeats saying "let me."
- Word count: 1466
The words are together because that's how the child speaks and thinks. The detention does not have the desired effect on the child, because One, He did not know, what he had done wrong. Two, Because he did not know what time was, so the detention is meaningless. Three, He had a daydream in the detention, so the detention had no effect on him. In the sixth stanza Fanthorpe uses personification. Personification means that you give objects human qualities. Fanthorpe explained the clockface as "the little eyes and two long legs for walking", "But he couldn't click its language".
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"Dear Mr Lee," gives strong, negative feelings towards the teacher, the teaching system, and school. An older child writes the poem and expresses his opinions on his favourite book in contrast to his feelings about English lessons and exams, in which he had to analyse the book in quite a critical way in order to pick up more marks "....your view of the class struggle is na�ve...." The student gives the impression that the teacher does not only dislike the book, but also feels quite negative towards the boy himself. "Mr Smart says for anyone with my punctuation to consider poetry as a career...enough to make the angels weep."
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This could be interpreted in more than one way: firstly, the poem is based on time, this is clear from the title, "Half Past Two", and time, no matter where you should happen to be will always be regular no matter what you are doing. Another interpretation for this could be that the poem is set in a school and in a school, bells sound at regular intervals, signifying beggings and ends of lessons and breaks, represented in the regular stanza layout in the poem.
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The teacher does not forget this event, probably because it's quite careless of her to forget something as important as this, especially to a child who is only around 6 years old, quite why this may be a memorable experience for her. 'Dear Mr Lee' is a letter written by Fanthorpe to her favourite author, Mr Lee. The gimmick in this poem is the fact that it is in the form of a fan letter. She confesses her academic failure to Mr Lee and apologises for it.
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U.A. Fanthorpe has tried to create the poem so it looks like a child has written it. It shows this by the spelling of some words together as a substitute as the child cannot tell the time. For example: Time to go home now time is written in the form, 'Timetogohomenowtime' This is because the child has not learnt the time yet, therefore when his mum says time to go now to him these words have always been said one after another in that way, so he relates it to a time of day.
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By understanding a poem/story you will also enjoy it more as you won't have to try and figure out the plot of the story. After reading a poem you can then analyse it then read it again with a better understanding, therefore relish its full significance. If you were reading a story or a poem, which you do not understand it would become more of a choir to read, rather than a pleasure.
- Word count: 486
Compare and contrast at least three of Fanthorpe's poems, taking into accountof her aims, observations, techniques etc.
Lee. It seems to be written as a letter by a student who has read Mr. Lee's book. Yet looking further into the poem the reader discovers that it is actually written as the thoughts of the student. The way the student talks about and criticises the teacher. "Mr. Smart is my least favourite person" and "Mr. Smart has to explain why they're jokes..." are good examples of thoughts. Dear Mr. Lee's lines end randomly, which is odd for a poem, rhythm and pattern are not present and generally the poem has no traditional poetry techniques such as alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhyme.
- Word count: 960