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The Inchcape Rock

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Nikki Ma

on 13 June 2014

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Transcript of The Inchcape Rock

Poem by Robert Southey.
This poem was a written legend about the Inchcape Rock. A reef situated in the North Sea, close to the coastal region of Angus in Scotland.
The poem, The Inchcape Rock, is about The Abbot Aberbrothok that has placed a bell on a buoy in the reef near the Inchcape rock. During storms and other wild weather, the bell would ring to warn seafarers about the dangers that were close by such as the Inchcape rock. Sailors would thank and praise the Abbot of Aberbrothok.

Sir Ralph the Rover, a sea robber, cuts the bell from the buoy, so that he can plunder and steal from the shipwrecks at the rock.

The day gets stormy and foggy. Ralph the Rover and the rest of his crew on his ship cannot hear or see a thing. They wished that they could hear the Inchcape Bell ring. They are stuck in a swell and drift along until their vessel strikes the Inchcape rock.Their ship sinks.
Moral of the Poem
The moral of this poem is that every crime will end up with its own consequence to pay.
Key words and phrases
‘So little they rose, so little they fell’- shows that the waves were seen as steady from a far distance and sets the scene.

‘The sun in heaven was shining gay’- depicts the scene was very bright and creates a happy atmosphere.

‘A sound as if with the Inchcape Bell, the devil below was ringing his knell’- making you feel what is happening in the scene.

The whole poem is very effective as it contains a lot of imagery which shows a lot of meaning and symbolism.
By: Grace Wu, Nikki Ma and Vivian Ren
The Inchcape Rock
Phrases that describe the message of the poem.
"Evil people fall into their own traps; good people run the other way, glad to escape."
"If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself - If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead."
Rhyme and Rhythm
The effect of rhyme and rhythm makes the poem sound very lyrical. It lets the poem be smooth and flow which progresses the story faster to have a clear image and understand it better. It also engages the audience so it makes them feel like they are part of the story and creates an atmosphere where they would like to keep reading.

A strong example of rhyme and rhythm is:

Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair,
He curst himself in his despair;
The waves rush in on every side,
The ship is sinking beneath the tide.

But even in his dying fear,
One dreadful sound could the Rover hear;
A sound as if with the Inchcape Bell,
The Devil below was ringing his knell.
A karma quote:
"I'm a true believer in Karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good." -Sandra Bullock
Overall, It makes you think that doing bad deeds will only bring yourself back bad things done to you. It should bring you to think about how the best way to avoid catastrophe is by being nice, making the positive come your way.
The usage of poetic techniques, combined together,created various themes. Using all these aspects, the moral of this underlying message was able to be clearly projected.
Created by Grace Wu :)
Nikki's Reflection
Grace's Reflection
When everybody split off in groups, our group decided on what we were doing and how we would complete each part to the assignment. For example, I drew the story boar while Nikki and Vivian gave me ideas on what to draw that would help me create a more vivid image of the poem. Nikki and Vivian worked on the analysis and I joined in after finishing the storyboard. A visual technique that supported the idea of Karma, was the whirlpool. It symbolised that the Rover was falling into his own trap that he had made. It showed that every bad deed you will come biting you from the back.From this task, I learnt that how to put poetic techniques into use and also increased my knowledge of poetic and visual techniques. I also learnt more how to work on Prezi instead of PowerPoint. I learnt where things are located and what they do and how the icon function. Prezi abled me to modify many things, as it is more flexible and has a wider range of design that could be used. I would have liked to have been more organised with our time to discuss with our group and suggest more ideas.
Vivian's Reflection
To complete the task we followed the steps, questions and criteria in the booklet. The most challenging part of developing the storyboard was choosing what kind of colours and pictures to represent in the scenes. The visual feature I chose is the use of colour and shade in our presentation. The use of colour and shade used in our storyboard is very effective because of the different (contrast) colours causing it to look bolder and make it stand out over each other. The colours used in the storyboard symbolises the different meanings in the poem. From the task, I have learnt that narrative poetry contains a story, has a lot of meaning, has many words or phrases that contain imagery and may also have a rhythm to it. I have learnt about a lot of ways to show scenes in a more effective way by using visual techniques, arranging them to make it look better and colours to express different things. Suggestions I would make to modify this task is use more techniques and imagination.
Rhyme and Rhythm
-used to make the poem flow easily and also entertains us. "No stir in the air, no stirin the sea"
- This technique is used to help create an image in our minds. It also creates feelings that help add to the intensity of the themes. "The sun in heaven was shining gay".
- A technique used to create imagery. "A sound as if with the Inchcape Bell, The Devil below was ringing his knell."
- This technique projects the idea of an inanimate object coming to life. "The breakers roar" depicted the violent waves of the ocean. This shows the relationship between the waves and Sir Ralph the Rover. It shows that the waves are frightening and are more powerful than the Rover.
As a group, we decided to make a plan to complete this assessment task and have it done on time. The most challenging part of developing the storyboard was thinking of what colours to use and what images to use to best symbolise the poem. A visual feature in the slideshow that is effective with telling the story or theme of the poem is the use of the murky green background which indicates how it represents how Sir Ralph the Rover is jealous of the praises the Abbot of Aberbrothok receives but also from his personality as being selfish and manipulative. From working on this task, I learnt that there are many different poetic and visual techniques used to express the story and the moral within the poem. I learnt that there are many different ways to present the task by trying other applications besides from PowerPoint which give a better representation. The suggestions I would make to modify this task is to have more group discussions so we can gather all our opinions together and improve.
In the poem, various themes are clearly projected, some of which are karma, hatred and regret.

The theme hatred is shown through the contents of the poem. In the poem it hints that Ralph the Rover, the sea robber, dislikes and despises the Abbot of Aberbrothok, as he received praises from sea travellers that had avoided danger because of the bell placed on the buoy. The Rover states “And I’ll plague the Abbot of Aberbrothok.” This helps us see his hatred and jealousy of the Abbot and how he is willing to continuously cause distress to the Abbot.

Another theme that has been clearly projected throughout the poem is the theme Karma. The word karma refers to the phrase ‘What goes around comes around’. It means what happens in the future will be determined by your actions. In the scene where the Rover cuts down the bell, things take a turn for the bad side and later he gets stuck in his own trap and sinks. This is how karma has been set out.

The theme regret has also been presented in the poem. In the last few paragraphs, when the Rover is experiencing some crazy weather, he quotes “But I wish I could hear the Inchcape Bell”. He laid out that he regretted cutting the bell. He did it so he could plunder and steal from the shipwrecks near the shore instead of thinking that he could get trapped in his plan.

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