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Hide & Seek Poem by Vernon Scannell

Analysis of the poem
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Lekshmy Rajendran

on 5 May 2016

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Transcript of Hide & Seek Poem by Vernon Scannell

The Poem
cont'd
The child is the narrator and throughout the poem we hear his internal voice and thoughts as he considers what he should do.
Monologue is used to convey the thoughts of the child and direct speech is used when he calls out to the others.
The poem is written in
free verse.
Analysis of the poem
Yoohoo!I’m ready! Come and find me!

The child is the narrator. Direct speech is used whenever he calls out to his friends.
Alliteration
Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sound.
You make yourself little in the salty dark,
Here 'salty dark' is a
metaphor.

The air inside the dark toolshed has the smell of the salty sea. So the darkness is said to be salty
Hide and Seek
MAIN POINTS
A child is hiding and waiting for his
friends to find him.
The excitement of the child is
effectively conveyed through
the use of short phrases.
He experiences both
excitement and fear during
the game.
Chapter - 15
Hide and Seek
by Vernon Scannel

The poem in the textbook is an edited version.
So we miss some of the important elements
used in the original version by the poet.

Nonetheless this is an excellent poem
and it teaches us how poetic devices can
be used to convey
thoughts and emotions.
by Vernon Scannell
The
s
acks in the toolshed
s
mell like the
s
easide.

Alliteration
is used in this line for imagery.

smell like the seaside
is a
simile
.
Simile
Simile is the comparison between
two objects using the words
'like' or 'as
Metaphor
Metaphor is the comparison of two objects without using the words 'like' or 'as'. Sometimes an object is said to be another to bring out some similar qualities or to make a comparison.
Close your eyes tight and hope your feet aren't showing.
Better not risk another call, they might be close
Don't sneeze whatever happens. The floor is cold.
These lines are the monologue where the child is
instructing himself what to do. He is considering
his actions to hide himself properly from his friends.
Don't breathe or move. Still.
The commands in short phrases build the tension and anticipation of the reader. We feel that the child is about to be found by the seekers.
Careful in case they come.
Risk a peep out perhaps? Not yet; they might creep in.
In these lines we see the child giving himself instructions to hide himself properly from his friends. He doesn't want to be caught yet.
They're taking a long time, but they'll
come back.
It's funny though, they haven't tried again.
At times the child wonders why his friends haven't found him yet. But he doesn't come out of his hiding place as he is confident that his friends will return to the toolshed looking for him.
But wait. Let them hunt a little longer:
Think of them frowning at each other
Where can he be? We've looked all over.
Even though the child wonders where his friends are, he lingers in his hiding place. He wants to come out the winner. He imagines their expressions and their wonder when they can't find him anywhere.
Something tickles on your nose. Your legs are stiff.
Just a little longer and then creep out
The child feels uncomfortable in his hiding place
but he wants to emerge as the winner and he
wants his friends to appreciate his cleverness
and his ability to find the best hiding place.
So despite the discomfort he persists.
The darkening garden watches. Nothing stirs.
The bushes hold their breath; the sun is gone.
Yes, here you are, but where are they who sought you?
Finally, when the child comes out of his hiding place he finds that he is all alone. His friends have left him.
darkening garden watches
bushes hold their breath
Personification is used in these lines to emphasize that the surrounding environment is ominous.
Nothing stirs.
the sun is gone.
These lines show that everything is ominous and extremely quiet also.
Personification
Personification is giving non-human things human qualities or emotions.
When the poem begins the child is excited and eager. He endures discomfort to win the game. The poet uses imagery to picture the hide-out selected by the child. His thoughts and emotions are effectively expressed through monologue. The poem starts on a positive note but towards the end, the confidence of the child wanes and we find that in the end he is all alone. The surrounding darkness conveys the child's disappointment and maybe his fear at being left alone by his friends.
We can infer a deeper
meaning for the poem.
A similarity can be drawn
to an adult who endures
many difficulties to achieve success.
When success seems to be within
easy reach, we should not allow
ourselves to feel overconfident as
we might end up be losing
everything and feeling
completely empty
and disillusioned.
The poem
can also be viewed as
just an ordinary childhood experience of the poet. It maybe just a game of hide and seek. The poet skillfully uses imagery, short
phrases and poetic
devices to create a
beautiful poem.
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