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Scaffolding

Presentation by Freddie Bhar and Billy Graham
by

Freddie Bhar

on 5 February 2011

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Transcript of Scaffolding

Scaffolding By Seamus Heaney Presented by Billy Graham and Freddie Bhar Scaffolding is a love poem explaining how relationships are built over time. Heaney sums up how two people need to build their relationship (like building a structure with scaffolding) over time so that there is trust, eventually leading to a realtionship (or building) standing on it's own, without support. Structure and layout The structure of the poem is five neat couplets with rhyme. This technique is done deliberately to reflect the careful,well-layed out structure of the scaffolding and also links to how scaffolding is a key, essential part to any building - suggesting that ryhme and basic structured poems can create simple but effective poems which portray emphatic points. Poetic techniques "Masons" in the very first line is a methaphor indicating two people who are both similiar, who want to start a new relationship. The next lines "When they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding" indicates the new build of friendship, with words such as 'careful' and 'test' showing cautiousness of the people. This is also an extended and running metaphor which is further developed in the poem. Overview In the lines "So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be,
Old bridges breaking between you and me,
Never fear"
This is a reference to arguments that are supposedly bound to occur in a relationship.
"We may let the scaffolds fall,
Confident that we have built our wall" is the final stanza which explains how the blocks they used to get to know each other are not needed, as they both feel as one, and this bond between them is the final outcome (as shown by the visual scaffolds coming down, to show off the final product). In the lines
"And yet all this comes down when the job's done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone" which reflects the time when the bond betweem the two has occured and how trust allows commitment to come.
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