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Flag by John Agrad

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Flag by John Agard
John Agard
John Agard is born on 21 June 1949.
Grown up in Guyana and he moved to England in the year of 1977.
Starting writing poems in Guyana
A children writer and poet
1997 Paul Hamlyn Awards for poetry, the Cholmondely Awards in 2004 etc.
His poem Half Castle have been featured in the GCSE in England
Alex Chan Y9T
Social Context
Flag

What's that
fluttering
in a
breeze
?
Its just a piece of cloth
that brings a nation to its
knees
.


What's that
unfurling
from a
pole
?
It's just a piece of cloth
that makes the guts of men grow
bold
.


What's that
rising
over a
tent
?
It's just a piece of cloth
that dares the coward to
relent
.


What's that
flying
across a field?
It's just a piece of cloth
that will outlive the blood you bleed.


How can I possess such a cloth?
Just ask for a flag my friend.
Then bind your conscience to the end.

The poem is written in 2004
Poet reflect how greedy people fight for land
Showing how bad war is through flag
The Poem
Flag

What's that fluttering in a breeze?
Its just a piece of cloth
that brings a nation to its knees.


What's that unfurling from a pole?
It's just a piece of cloth
that makes the guts of men grow bold.


What's that rising over a tent?
It's just a piece of cloth
that dares the coward to relent.


What's that flying across a field?
It's just a piece of cloth
that will outlive the blood you bleed.


How can I possess such a cloth?
Just ask for a flag my friend.
Then bind your conscience to the end.

8-6-8 syllable
8-7-8 syllable
paradox
How can I possess such a cloth?
Just ask for a flag my friend.
Then
bind
your conscience to the end.
Poet's Intention
Speaker is showing symbolism in the poem
Really deadly flag
Flags draws nations together
Tear them apart
People are fighting for land and people are greedy for power
Tone changes
(open)
a inner feeling to rightness or wrongness
not let it to work
The power of symbolism
How dangerous a flag is
Greedy man fighting for power and land
What's that fluttering in a breeze?
Its just a piece of cloth
that brings a nation to its knees.
What's that unfurling from a pole?
It's just a piece of cloth
that makes the guts of men grow bold.

What's that rising over a tent?
It's just a piece of cloth
that dares the coward to relent.

What's that flying across a field?
It's just a piece of cloth
that will outlive the blood you bleed.
all people in a nation
Surrender or defeated
Respect to the flag
introducing the theme of conflict
metaphor
all people, not just one person
gives people strength
A flag can make people fight
military tent
change the mind of
makes
If you are not with us, you are a coward,
Make cowards change their minds
it's above everything
battle field
alliteration
Once a flag is risen for a nation, it can last for more than a lifetime
Even though a flag send people to their deaths, people respect it.
Conflict in the poem
The question in each stanza represenets war
rising over the tent
flying across the field
The whole poem shows how a flag can kill people and bring people to fight each other
Gain land
The overall poem is to bring out the theme of war
Bibliography
1. "AQA Poetry 'Flag' by John Agard." AQA Poetry 'Flag' by John Agard. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
2. "Flag by John Agard - Poetry Archive." Flag by John Agard - Poetry Archive. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
3. "The Significance of a Flag." By Liz Allen. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
4. "A Teacher Writes.com: Analysis of Flag by John Agard, Moon on the Tides Conflict for AQA GCSE English Literature Exam.
5. " A Teacher Writes.com: Analysis of Flag by John Agard, Moon on the Tides Conflict for AQA GCSE English Literature Exam. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
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