• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How do these 3 poets present life within the classroom?

Extracts from this document...


How do these 3 poets present life within the classroom? In these three poems about school, a lot of tension is created between the staff and the students. Firstly in "Schoolroom on a wet Afternoon" by Scannell, school is not presented as relevant to life when in the first line it says that "the unrelated paragraphs on morning, are forgotten now" suggesting that the teacher seems obsessed with school and the student seems isolated. When all the students have "bowed heads" it denotes that this ambiguous image shows that the students are either working or disinterested showing tension. The poet says that "each child is disciplined; absorbed and still at his small desk" implying that they are either being forced or self-controlling and they are engaged or part of the group. The excitement of the teacher is undermined when "the complexities of simple interest lurk in inkwells" hinting that as "lurk" is hidden and gloomy it hints to the threat at the end of the poem. ...read more.


The teacher is depersonalise when it says that the "Teacher will play" signifying that it is as if the teacher is being controlled and forced into it by the use of a imperative. Similarly in "A snowy day in school" there is also a lot of pessimistic images, particularly by the use of alliteration when it says that "between the schools sweeps one black root" denoting a sense of desperation and the agonies of school by using the almost confusing repetition of "s" sounds. D.H. Lawrence describes "the soiled streets" portraying the negativity and decay of the image school. In addition there is also a lot of pessimism in "Schoolroom on a wet afternoon," especially when it says that the "rain falls as though the sky has been bereaved" suggesting an echo of death and rather than representing freedom the sky represents claustrophobia. In these poems the power of learning is emphasised, firstly in "A snowy day in school" when the teacher says that he must "call back a hundred eyes" suggesting that although the teacher is fearful of the students the class seems very focused. ...read more.


The hidden life of the classroom is presented differently in each of these poems. Firstly in "The Play Way" when the teachers "lesson notes read" it implies that the music lesson is not expressive but is simple and planned by use of this short sentence. It says that "its private spell behind eyes that stare wide," indicating the importance to the individual and that the experience is a personal one. In addition in "Schoolroom on a wet Afternoon" the hidden life of the classroom is presented as violent, especially when it mentions a "vicious rope, glaring blade, the gun cocked to kill" suggesting that the violence and threat of the child is expressed, also by using plosive sounds makes it seem more violent. When it mentions "the severed heads of kings rot by the misty Thames" it signifies that by using an opening list of history it links to the public executions, civil war all surrounding the young lives. Similarly in "A snowy day in school" it creates a hidden life of the classroom, particularly when it mentions the "irregular hum of the class" indicating an ideal image. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Free essay

    The Caucasian Chalk Circle-Plot/subplot

    She succeeds in crossing the bridge and as the corporal comes. He wants to cross the bridge but he is told the bridge won't hold his weight so he leaves. Scene 4 Grusha wanders across the mountains travelling to her brother, Lavrenti's house.

  2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle By Bertolt Brecht.

    The soldiers refuse to believe him and he is released. The Fat Prince soon shows up with his nephew, whom he wants to make the new judge. However, he agrees to let the soldiers decide who the next judge should be.

  1. Good Practice Within the Legislative Framework.

    The results from the survey showed that 80% of the public believed that the current laws relating to child protection were adequate. 15% were unsure and 5% said no. However 95% of those questioned agreed that although the law was fine, there were not enough Family Services members available to

  2. Compare how the Poets Hood, Bradstreet and Scannell Create the Universal Theme of Parental ...

    In stanza four the narrator talks about the Childs innocence, purity and perfection but asks the mother "where did he learn that squint?" His son is a "dear nursling of the hymeneal nest!" In this stanza Hood shows how ashamed he is of his son's "torn clothes [that are] his best?"

  1. An analysis of language features present in

    I personally believe this to be true because, as previously mention, Carroll originally told the story to the sisters; he didn't write it down until they pressurised him. I did initially wonder why the font was so large if the book was intended to be read by adults but then

  2. Development through the life stages

    Imaginary fears may start to develop, such as the dark and having an injury. Emotional ? At 4 years age, they start to exhibit define personality, they can show concern and sympathy, they are calm, secure and balanced. They love adventure, excitement and anything new.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work