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Simon Armitage : Poem

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Transcript of Simon Armitage : Poem

Poem... The Poem: The poem structure follows the rules of a sonnet, but not strictly, because although it has fourteen lines, it doesn't follow a specific rhyming scheme. In each verse, there are ten syllables with 5 beats, demonstrating that it is still a sonnet. The poem is about love, but not romance-type-love. When reading this poem, you can tell it follows the rhythm of the iambic pentameter, which determines that every other syllable is stressed. Although it doesn't follow all the rules of a sonnet, it is still considered a sonnet. And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night
And slippered her the one time that she lied.
And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn't spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here's how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that. And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night
And slippered her the one time that she lied.
And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn't spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here's how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that. The poem is about a man who lives with his mum, wife and daughter. He is described as a loving husband, son and dad, but sometimes things go wrong and he ends up hurting and desrespecting his family as the poet quotes: "And once for laughing, punched her in the face." The poem indicates that he's a loving induvidual, who is willing to respect his family, but he when the smallest things go wrong, he has to put an end to it. He also purposely does things, as it states: "And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse." implying that he isn't the perfect man, but he loves his family. Poetic Techniques... Simon Armitage What is the poem about, does it relate to the poet's life? Repetition of 'and'
What effect does this create? How does it create this effect? Does it use any poetic techniques? What effect do they create? How are the stanzas divided? Do they follow a specific poem structure? What does the poet talk about here? What poem structure does this follow? The Plot... The Structure... Are the use of words formal? A range of poetic techniques are used in this poem such as: rhyme, repetition, semantic field ect. The rhyme is used to make the poem more rhythmatic, although it doesn't follow a specific rhyming scheme, but the half-rhyme is used to make the poem sound slightly out of tune. Most of the lines start of with 'and' connoting that it is a list.
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