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adventures. Him and his friends found a disused
warehouse where they made fires and melted
lead into new shapes. It focuses on
discovery, exploration and rebellion.
The memories are engraved into his
mind like vivid photographs How is the poet feeling? What the poem's about The poet feels rich with happiness, and excitement. He describes how him and his friends were 'grinning like bandits, every pocket loaded', showing that they feel rebellious and are thrilled to feel like they're breaking the rules. The word 'loaded' hows how he feels that he's gained a lot from the experience and is reflecting on it fondly. Structure The poem is written in free verse, reflecting the the wandering nature of the narrator and the poem; their actions had no real purpose. Armitage also explores a new style in each stanza, showing how children are inquisitive. The varying stanza length and enjambment also makes the poem seem somewhat disorganised, reflecting how younger children think and speak. It also makes the poem seem story-like; the narrator wants to share his tale. Poetic Techniques Simile Armitage uses a simile to highlight the excitement of the narrator and their friends. He compares emptying the mould to baking by saying 'turn it out like a cake', emphasising their eagerness to see the results of their experiment. This also entertains the reader by adding a sense of irony, as lead is poisonous. Present Tense Armitage uses the present tense in combination with imagery in order to convey how vivid his memory of that day is. He uses words such as 'stumble', illustrating it's as if he is replaying the memory in his mind and narrating it. This word also shows that Armitage feels these events helped shape who he is as a person; people grow by making mistakes (such as stumbling) and learning from them.