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The Clown Punk

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Katherine Fang

on 21 January 2013

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Transcript of The Clown Punk

The Clown Punk Background Purpose Language & Imagery Conclusion Stanza 1
•Strongly visual poem
•Enjambment
•“the shonky side of town”
•"like a basket of washing that got up and walked, towing a dog on a rope"
•“But” Kristy Fung, Katherine Fang and Tiffany Lam by Simon Armitage Tone Driving home through the shonky side of town,
Three times out of ten you’ll see the town clown,
Like a basket of washing that got up
And walked, towing a dog on a rope. But

Don’t laugh: every pixel of that man’s skin
Is shot through with indelible ink:
As he steps out at the traffic lights,
Think what he’ll look like in thirty years’ time –

The deflated face and shrunken scalp
Still daubed with the sad tattoos of high punk.
You kids in the back seat who wince and scream
When he slathers his daft mush on the windscreen,

Remember the clown punk with his dyed brain,

Then picture windscreen wipers, and let it rain. Stanza 2

•Imperative verbs
•“Don’t laugh:”
•“Every pixel of that man’s skin is shot through with indelible ink”
•“Think what he’ll look like in thirty years’ time –”
•Show sympathy to the Clown Punk
•Caesura Stanza 4 & 5

•“Dyed Brain”
•Poverty and Structural racism in inner cities
•Cannot be ignored or overlooked Stanza 3

•Alliteration and assonance
•“the deflated face and shrunken scalp”
•“still daubed with the sad tattoos of high punk”
•Allude to death
•“You kids in the back seat who wince and scream”
•Role models Structure The poem follows 'the tradition of English Literature' as one type of person stands eyeball to eyeball, and something passes through them. Clown punk is a narrative, metaphorical, lyrical and moral.

Simon Armitage uses the ability of clowns as a character to introduce to us that we might not normally got attracted to, Armitage takes us into a deeper understanding of the clown punk. about the poet: Simon Armitage was born in 1963, he lives in a village inside Marsden, West Yorkshire. The industrial background of Yorkshire has been a key influence of Armitage’s poetry, as he sees himself as craftsman. -an almost dismissive tone
-introduced the character clown punk in a way that people will not normally look closed at.
-allows reader to picture the clown in a more realistic way and let reader feel sympathy for the clown punk
-uses plenty of emotive language
-clown punk as “deflated face”,creates vivid image
- descriptive phrases “ basket of washing”, “ daft mush”, " the shonky side of town”. -4 lines long within 4 stanzas,last which contains only 2
-rhymes in the first, part of the third, and last stanza
-uses the same amount of syllables in each line in the first stanza. -never reveals the clowns actual name,makes him seem mysterious and less human The Clown Punk - brings out a message to the reader of this poem to feel grateful that they are accepted into their community and don't take their friends and family for granted CONTEXT As a clown punk, they are not part of the conventional society, they often got ignored by people or even shock people. Context The clown punk is based on a real life character and event, as he described how this heavily tattoo person leaned towards his car while he was stopping for traffic lights. Armitage explores the image in ‘The Clown Punk’, evaluating the reaction the punk wishes audience of the establishment to have towards his appearance, and combating this with his own ironic view. Punks - hair & fashion exemplified their ideals - music was shouted
- wasn’t about melodies but a feeling of distrurbing - The poem brings two equally striking figures, clown and punk -----> seen as a oxymoron where it uses 'clown' and 'punk' to contrast each other. how terrifying it is becoming a homeless person.
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