Poem Analysis: Kid by Simon Armitage

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What have you concluded about the content of this poem? Please write about your interpretation of the text, the poet’s use of language, structure and your personal response. Also explore its comment on the theme of family.

The poem ‘Kid’ is a monologue written in the first person to Batman from Robin. Simon Armitage uses alliteration to present Batman as someone Robin admires.

“Batman, big shot, when you gave the order.”

Robin and Batman have separated and Robin is bitter and angry with Batman. At first, using imagery, Robin describes the separation as being set free.

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“Let me loose to wonder…through the wild blue yonder.”

In contrast, he describes his own opinion on leaving Batman.

“As you liked to say, or ditched me, rather, in the gutter.”

   Robin feels betrayed so he reveals Batman’s secrets.

“Let the cat out on that caper with the married woman.”

This destroyed Robin’s illusion of Batman being a hero.

Armitage uses onomatopoeia.

“Holy robin-redbreast-nest-egg-shocker! Holy roll-me-over-in-the-clover.”

This is similar to the newspaper headlines in the Batman series.

    Robin doesn’t want to be Batman’s sidekick anymore and he has matured. The poet explains this by using a ...

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