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Analyzing Poetic Techniques in Simon Armitage's "Kid"

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Emily R.

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Transcript of Analyzing Poetic Techniques in Simon Armitage's "Kid"

Style & Structure
Style:
Simon Armitage stated: "I tend to think that poems come pre-packaged, and that when the idea suggests itself to me the form comes with it... style is everything to me, in writing. I think that is what people are interested in poems."
Diction: conversational language/slang
All lines end with the sound "-er" (end rhyme)
Tone/Mood:
Insulting (Ex. "Holy robin-redbreast-nest-egg-shocker! / Holy roll-me-over-in-the-clover!" (12-13).
Structure:
1 stanza, 24 lines, each similar in length.
Order of Events:
(1) Batman ditches Robin, who in return, chooses to get revenge on Batman.
(2) Robin reveals Batman's secrets.
(3) Robin is better without Batman, who will have nothing without Robin.
Why Does It Make A Good Children's Book?
Batman is an iconic character in America, which makes the story and its characters more relatable to children.

The poem uses a conversational tone (not using Shakespearean dialogue/dialect).

The poem is understood literally, but can also be understood figuratively.
Illustrations
Simon Armitage
Style:
Writes in colloquialisms, or conversational language.
Tries to makes his poems 'youth-friendly'.
Includes the aspect of intentional ambiguity in many of his poems.
Themes:
Adolescence.
Examples: "The Shout" and "I am very bothered"
Ordinary, typical situations.
Dark, pain, and death.
Examples: "Hitcher" and "About His Person"
Techniques:
Imagery:
The first few lines pertain to Robin leaving Batman's shadow, or Batman wanting to get rid of Robin intentionally.
"Then let me loose to wander / leeward, freely through the wild blue yonder / as you liked to say, or ditched me, rather, / in the gutter… well, I turned the corner” (2-5).

Revelation/Epiphany: He doesn't have to live in Batman's shadow any longer.
"I'm not playing ball boy any longer" (14).

Conclusion: Robin's last and one of his final remarks to Batman saying that Batman will be worse without him as a sidekick.
"It makes a marvellous picture: / you without a shadow" (19-20).
Introduction
Present imagery and other poetics techniques in a "kid-friendly" way.
Imagery will be presented through the illustrations.
Eavan Boland wanted her poetry to be critiqued as art. I want the art to clearly express the techniques used in the poem.
Analyzing Poetic Techniques in Simon Armitage's "Kid"
Summary of "Kid"
Two Ways to Interpret Poem:

Literally: All about Batman and Robin's relationship. Robin is tired of being in Batman's shadow and just being considered a sidekick. Robin is growing up, wanting to replace Batman by saying that he is able to be a superhero all by himself.

To Our Lives: Living in someone's shadow.
Techniques (Continued)
Pun: Play on words from "let the cat out of the bag".
Robin is revealing all of Batman's deepest secrets.
"Let the cat out on that caper" (9).

Allusion:
This entire poem constantly refers to Batman and Robin's relationship. This also connects with a
plot twist
where Robin finally speaks out about being in Batman's shadow.
By: Emily Roznowski
Works Cited
AQA. "Simon Armitage (1963-)". Web. No date given.

BBC. GCSE Bitesize. "Kid". English Literature. Web. No date given.

D. Douglas. "Simon Armitage." : The Poetry Foundation.
N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2014.
Image Courtesy of Google
Image Courtesy of Google
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