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Comparing 'The Manhunt' and 'Quickdraw'.

First comparison.
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Paul Hanson

on 19 January 2016

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Transcript of Comparing 'The Manhunt' and 'Quickdraw'.

Comparing Simon Armitage's 'The Manhunt' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Quickdraw'
'Manhunt' Recap
Before you watch and listen, remember that the poem does not necessarily look like this on the page.
Find at least one image of each of the following:
tenderness
violence
injury
pain
birth
How is the poem structured?
It's in couplets. Why do you think this is?
Can you find examples of sound patterning?
repetition
alliteration (repetition of consonants)
rhyme (repetition of word endings)
assonance (repetition of vowels sounds)
sibilance (repetition of 's' and 'z' sounds)
Now pick one and explain what its effect is on the reader.
Highlight all the verbs in the poem.
Now pick three of the most powerful, explaining what effect they have.
What does the metaphor 'the parachute silk of his punctured lung' make you think of?

'Quickdraw'
Remember, as you watch the video, that the poem doesn't necessarily look like this on the page.
What is the poem about?
Where do you think it's set?
The poem is full of wild west/gunslinger imagery. Highlight five examples.
Why do you think Duffy has written the poem like this?
Can you find examples of sound patterning?
repetition
alliteration (repetition of consonants)
rhyme (repetition of word endings)
assonance (repetition of vowels sounds)
sibilance (repetition of 's' and 'z' sounds)
Where does the reader find these in the poem?
In pairs, pick two explain what effect they have on the reader.
Highlight all the verbs in the poem.
Now pick three, explaining their intended effect.
Tone
What do you think is the main mood of the poem? Happy? Sad? Angry? Passionate?
Can you find evidence of this?
Comparison
Where do we begin?
Tone
Speaker
Language
Structure
Theme
Similarities and differences
Tone
What is the tone (mood) of each poem?
Find one quotation from each which best exemplifies their different moods.
Speakers
Who do you think is speaking in each poem? What makes you think this?
You must use evidence to support your logic.
Language
Both poems use metaphors to present their ideas and feelings. Find one in each poem which best expresses these.
Language
Compare the the use of one verb from each poem. What does each suggest to you?
Structure
How does each poem look on the page?
Structure
'The Manhunt' is in couplets.
'Quickdraw' is in quatrains (stanzas of four lines).
Why do you think each is set out the way it is?
Theme
A poem's theme is the main idea behind the poem. It's not the story but what the poem is really about.
What do you think each poem is really about?
Love?
Hate?
Communication?
Pain?
Rebirth?
Healing?
Or something else?
Support your suggestion with evidence from each poem.
Language
Highlight the nouns in the poems.
Pick two in each which you find the most striking.
What do they suggest to you?
Structure
The poem is written in quatrains (stanzas of four lines).
Duffy also uses caesurae (a pause in the middle of a line of poetry). Why do you think she does this? Remember that the speaker is texting on a phone.
Structure
Both poems are written in free verse. What does this mean?
Why do you think the poets have chosen to write the poems like this?
Are there any other similarities or differences that you can see?
Personal response
Which are most and least favourite parts of each poem?
Which poem do you prefer and why?
Collating and Pooling Your Shared Knowledge
Using the medium of your choice (PowerPoint, Prezi, video et cetera), upload all your main ideas to RealSmart (see the 'Comparing 'The Manhunt' and 'Quickdraw' Rmap under the 'English Literature' tab).
Peer assess (the criteria are on the Rmap) two other people's presentations on RealSmart, making sure that you take all their best ideas as you do it!
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