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The Class Game by Mary Casey
Transcript of The Class Game by Mary Casey
The poet uses a variety of different features to present the poem in order to express her views.
The poem is in the form of an angry rant about discrimination between the social classes.
To get her view to the audience on her opinion of the classes. That class shouldn't dictate how you treat someone. That everyone is the same underneath and should be respected.
One continuous stanza- format of a rant as the poet is arguing.
Clear verses shown- shown by repetition of " How can you tell what class I'm from?"
There is a lot of repetition which reinforces her idea in each section and is reminiscent of an argument.
The poet uses colloquial/ dialect language-"wet nelly" and written accents-"me" instead of my.
Casey uses a lot of rhetorical questions to make the reader feel involved and so she can address the audience in the argument.
The main emotions in the poem are:
Anger- "Does it stick in your gullet like a sour plum?"
Confusion-"How can you tell what class I'm from?"
Disbelief-"Why do you care wht class I'm from"
Pride-"And I'm proud of the class that i come from."
There are no similes or metaphors because it wouldn't fit the tone of the poem.
There are rhyming couplets throughout which creates a pattern with a fairly regular beat however there are parts that break the pattern, making it more like an argument.
The poet uses a fairly angry and sarcastic one which reflects the argumentative style created.
The poem is descriptve not emotive.