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Leather-jackets, bikes and birds by Robert Davies
Transcript of Leather-jackets, bikes and birds by Robert Davies
The streets are noisy
this is a busy time of day
With the movement of passing motors
MOTORS REFERRING TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSPORT
The coffee bars get fuller
COFFEE BARS: THEY ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO GO TO OVER 18 CLUBS
The leather-jacket groups begin to gather,
The teenage boys refer to themselves as Leather-jackets
Stand, and listen, pretending they are
Pretending: this word is repeated in the poem- emphasising how teens try to be something they are not.
looking for trouble
The juke box plays its continuous
JUKE BOX- TIME ERA COULD BE THE 60s
Tune, music appreciated by Most.
'MOST' IS REFERRING TO THE TEENS.
'MOST' IS WRITTEN WITH A CAPITAL LETTER BECAUSE THEY SEE THEMSELVES AS BEING IMPORTANT.
The aroma of Espresso
THE ESPRESSO REFERS TO HOW INNOCENT THE TEENS SHOULD BE.
THEIR CHOICE OF DRINK
Coffee fill the nostrils and
Motorbikes pull up
THE TEENS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO RIDE BIKES, THEREFORE THEY ARE EITHER 16 OR 17
Riders dismount and join
Their friends in the gang
THESE TEENS FORM THEIR OWN CLICKS
THE TEENS BECOME BRAVER WHEN THEY ARE WITH THEIR GROUP OF FRIENDS
They stand, smoking, swearing
ALLITERATION: the 's' sound is a smooth sound that emphasises the teens' coolness.
The teens are going against society, they are being rebels
Playing with the girls
THE BOYS ARE TRYING TO ACT 'COOL'
Making a teenage row
They need to be heard, because they want to be noticed.
THE IRONY IS THAT THE TEENS ARE TRYING TO ACT LIKE ADULTS BY SMOKING AND SWEARING, YET THEY MAY ONLY DRINK COFFEE.
They pretend not to notice the drizzle
They are acting tough, as the drizzle does not affect them.
Falling out of the dark
Because you've got to be hard to be a leather-jacket
stereotyping that people who wear leather jackets are automatically tough
In the corner, snogging
SNOGGING IS TEENAGE JARGON FOR KISSING
Hope the motor lights will not be
Dipped too much
Teens always want to be noticed.
They want to be seen as 'cool'
So that the others will see them
They want to show off
They must all have recognition
Teens endure peer pressure
There must always be enough
Teens need support of others because they lack confidence.
Leather-jackets around them
The connotation of 'leather-jackets' is TOUGH
The same as their's
THERE IS NO UNIQUENESS
The street lamp on the side
things are clearly visible where there is light
Of the street shows the rain
The rain is seen clearly
For what it is - wet and cold
It is clear to see that the rain is wet and cold.
What you see is what you get.
But it does not show their faces
Teens lack identity because they all look the same
MANY TEENS HIDE BEHIND A MASK
For what they are
Theme: Peer pressure
TONE: DISAPPROVAL FROM SPEAKERS POINT OF VIEW