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Give by Simon Armitage

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Ben Eley

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of Give by Simon Armitage


Of all the public places, dear,
to make a scene, I've chosen here.

Of all the doorways in the world
to choose to sleep, I’ve chosen yours.
I'm on the street, under the stars.

For coppers I can dance or sing.
For silver - swallow swords, eat fire.
For gold - escape from locks and chains.

It's not as if I'm holding out
for frankincense or myrrh, just change.

You give me tea. That's big of you.
I'm on my knees. I beg of you.

Simon Armitage lazy dirty vulnerable
tramps THEY ONLY HAVE THEMSELVES TO BLAME unlucky ostracised alienated deserving uneducated lonely Listen carefully to a reading or recording of ‘Give’ by Simon Armitage. Listen again. As you listen, you need to try and remember the entire poem. In addition to the diction (the language) of the poem, you also need to think about how the poem is structured. Consider line lengths, punctuation and stanzas. What type of poem is this? This poem is a dramatic monologue. A dramatic monologue is a piece of verse that gives the speaker a voice to EXPRESS his / her feelings to a silent audience. Why do you think that Simon Armitage chose this form for the poem? In the case of ‘Give’, Simon Armitage is giving a voice to homeless people who are often ‘voiceless’. In this poem, the beggar expresses his / her bitter feelings about being on the street and being neglected. He is desperate and perhaps bitter about his situation; this is expressed through his TONE and SARCASM. ‘Give’ by Simon Armitage Learning Objectives:
To analyse how Armitage has used language, form and structure to convey his opinions on homelessness.

To be able to respond to a poem using evidence to support your opinion. Focussing on the language used, how does Armitage use this poem to highlight the issue of homelessness? To get a B/A grade (Mark Band 5)
In response to the task, candidates demonstrate:
• EXPLORATION response to texts
• ANALYTICAL use of detail to support interpretation
• ANALYSIS of writers’ uses of language and/or structure and/or form and effects on readers
• EXPLORATION of ideas/themes

To get a C grade (Mark Band 4)
In response to the task, candidates demonstrate:
• CONSIDERED response to text
• Details linked to interpretation
• APPRECIATION of writers’ uses of language and/or structure and/or form and effects on readers
• Thoughtful CONSIDERATION of ideas/themes
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