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Copy of Back in the Playground Blues. By Adrian Mitchell

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Transcript of Copy of Back in the Playground Blues. By Adrian Mitchell

Poetry Review
Name of Poem:
Back in the Playground Blues
Poet: Adrian Mitchell
Subject Matter (theme):
The poem is about bullying and loneliness
Reason why poet wrote this poem:
The poet remembers his experience in school and the negative memories he has of it.
Comment on any two features:
The image of the beetle with its legs being taken off one by one is effective because it demonstrates the cruelty of the bullies.
The name given to the playground 'The Killing Ground' is effective as it makes the place seem full of fear and danger. I can easily imagine a frightening place.

Back in the Playground Blues
Adrian Mithchell
-> Born on the 24/10/1932 -died 20/12/2008
-> Adrian Mitchell was an English poet, novelist and playwright.
-> Famous Quote said by Adrian = " Most people ignore poetry because most poetry ignores most people . "
Awards won by Adrian
-> Adrian won numerous awards but the main awards that he has won include the Eric Gregory Award won in 1961 , the PEN Translation Prize won in 1966 , the Tokyo Festival Television Film Award won in 1971 and finally the CLPE Poetry Award won in 2005.
Adrian Mitchell saying the poem himself
Poetic devices
1. Repetition ; repetition of a word or phrase etc. e.g. 'you get it for...'
2.. Rhythm ; refers to the pattern of sounds made by varying the stressed and unstressed syllables in a
poem. This poem has an almost blues song rhythm to it.
3. Rhyme ; the sequence in which the poem is assorted The repetition of syllables, typically at the end of a verse line.
Poetic devices
4. Hyperbole: an exaggeration for effect e.g. 'got a mother and a father they're one thousand years away'
5.Metaphor ; comparison without using the words 'like', 'as' or 'than' e.g. a voice that has an ' iceberg sound'
5. Alliteration ; when two or more words in the same sentence start with same letter e.g.'
b
roken
b
lack'

Poetic devices

6. Assonance ; when two or more words have the same vowel sound e.g. '
a
ny d
a
mn thing
a
t
a
ll'
Poetic Devices

7. Tone ; the feeling or mood of the poem. e.g the tone of this poem is angry and bitter



Theme
Question
-> From looking at this picture what do you think the main theme of this poem is?
Theme
Answer :
-> Loneliness
Other Themes:
-> Sadness
-> Bullying
Information about poem
-> This poem is about a child in a playground and the bullies are " The rulers of the killing ground " . They are bullying all types and races of people and the boy is explaining to us how he is small and helpless he feels.
Imagery
An image: a picture created with words. We associate 'images' with pictures but imagery appeal to any of the five senses; touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight.
Quiz Time
1. What is Adrian Mitchell trying to say about children in primary school?
2. Do you agree or disagree with his message, why/why not?
3. How does this poem make you feel?
Stanza 1
Q.1
-> What is this stanza about?
Q.2
-> What is the main image in this stanza?
Stanza 2
Q.1
-> What is this stanza about?
Q.2
-> What is the main image in this stanza?
Stanza 3
Q.1
-> What is this stanza about?
Q.2
-> What is the main image in this stanza?
Stanza 4
Q.1
-> What is this stanza about?
Q.2
-> What is the main image in this stanza?
Stanza 5
Q.1
-> What is this stanza about?
Q.2
-> What is the main image in this stanza?
Stanza 6
Q.1
-> What is this stanza about?
Q.2
-> What is the main image in this stanza?
Back in the Playground Blues
THE END!!
What are your feelings on the poem? From reading this poem I feel sympathy for the narrator because it sounds like a very lonely, negative experience that he had. it also makes me realise how bullies will pick on people for absolutely anything. 'you get it for being big and fat get it for being small...'

Did the poet succeed in achieving what he sent out to do? Yes, the poet succeeds in capturing the desolation and fear the children must have felt on the playground, wondering if they were going to get picked on.
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