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Copy of Andrew Forster-Brothers

poem
by

Gill Clarke

on 24 July 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Andrew Forster-Brothers

in 2001
he became
a writer.
The poet
Brothers by Andrew Forster
"Brothers",written by Andrew Froster it's a poem based on chilhood memories. In the poem the narrator remembers a moment from his childhood. He and his elder brother are given the responsabiliy of looking after their youngest brother for the afternoon. They are exasperated with him- but excited to be out on their own. They sent their younger brother back to get his bus fare from their mother, but they ran on their own leaving him behind.
Brothers

Saddled with you for the afternoon, me and Paul
ambled across the threadbare field to the bus stop,
talking over Sheffield Wednesday’s chances in the Cup
while you skipped beside us in your ridiculous tank-top,
spouting six-year-old views on Rotherham United.

Suddenly you froze, said you hadn’t any bus fare.
I sighed, said you should go and ask Mum
and while you windmilled home I looked at Paul.
His smile, like mine, said I was nine and he was ten
and we must stroll the town, doing what grown-ups do.

As a bus crested the hill we chased Olympic Gold.
Looking back I saw you spring towards the gate,
your hand holding out what must have been a coin.
I ran on, unable to close the distance I’d set in motion.
Andrew Forster was born in
South Yorkshire and lived in
Sctoland for 20 years.
He worked in social care for 14 years before
beggining a carrer in Literature Development
in 1998,teaching creative writing and editing
several community anthologies.
As a bus crested the hill we chased Olympic Gold.
Looking back I saw you spring towards the gate,
your hand holding out what must have been a coin.
I ran on, unable to close the distance I’d set in motion.
metaphor-shows his regret for creating
a distance between him and his little
brother; it also it ambigouos-both the physical distance between them and a distance in their relationship.
Structure
The first stanza establishes the relationship between the brothers. The second explains how the youngest had to go back and how the older two went on. The third stanza describes how the youngest got left behind and hints at the impact this may have had. Also,the last stanza has only 4 lines- this reflects the imcomplete relationship the poet has with his brother.
Form
'Brothers' is a narrative poem addressed to the six-year-old in the poem,seemingly some years after the events they describe. This poem is written in free verse,making it seem more like a story being told in spoken English.
Feelings and attitude
Frustration-
the narrator and Paul want to get
away from the younger child.
Guilt-
the narrator presents his younger
sibling as eager,using childlike,innocent
terms; this makes the narrator's
actions seem worse.
Regret-
the poem suggests that,even at the
time,part of him wanted to go back, and he
wishes that
he could close the "distance"
in his relationship
with his
younger
sibling.
it is not clear if he can't or simply
doesn't want to close the distance
and wait for his little brother.
shows he is now
too far away to see.
shows that they are a lot stronger than
their little brother,but also the imagination
of children
Saddled with you for the afternoon, me and Paul
ambled across the threadbare field to the bus stop,
talking over Sheffield Wednesday’s chances in the Cup
while you skipped beside us in your ridiculous tank-top,
spouting six-year-old views on Rotherham United.
the older brother
is embarrased.
Alliteration- gives a sense of the contempt he
feels at this moment for his brother,whose views
are worthless because of his age.
it also draws attention- the
boy is fed up with his little brother.
first word emphasises his frustration
-the boy is stuck with his little brother.
Suddenly you froze, said you hadn’t any bus fare.
I sighed, said you should go and ask Mum
and while you windmilled home I looked at Paul.
His smile, like mine, said I was nine and he was ten
and we must stroll the town, doing what grown-ups do.

the two older boys assume that they are
matture and have to act like adults
the older two move more
slowly and with confidence.
language suggesting
innocent joy.
contrast between how young
they are and how grown up
they feel at the time.
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