Glory Glory be to Chocolate

Mindmap for analysing "Glory Glory be to Chocolate" by John Agard

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  • Glory Glory be to Chocolate
    • Word Choice
      • "Need"
        • Chocolate is a necessity
        • women are dependent on chocolate
      • "bells"
        • connotations of church, holiness
        • uplifting
        • contrast with references to Satanism
      • "little imps"
        • connotations of mischief/ the devil
        • cute but naughty
      • "how dare they"
        • chocolate is serious business
        • impassioned
      • "Theobroma Cacao"
        • latin name for plant which produces coco
        • personification-- sounds like a name
        • latin has connotations of religion, esp. catholicism and satanism
    • Grammar
      • "Food cravings... blessing"
        • all in declaratives
        • factual and authoritative
      • "manifestations--"
        • hyphen creates anticipation
    • Figurative language
      • "so I say it twice"
        • imitating a preacher
      • "O"
        • imitating a hymn o prayer
      • "divine barbaric"
        • juxtaposition
        • oxymoron
        • naughty but nice
      • "minted"
        • pun--mint chocolate
      • "imps"
        • metaphor for chocolate
        • personifies chocolate as mischievous
    • Sound patterning
      • "brownies candies cookies"
        • list with no comma--mimesis of speed
        • asyndetic list
        • eagerness or excitement
        • mimic chanting--reverence
      • "Glory glory"
        • repetition for reverence
        • similar to a football chant
    • Structure
      • last three stanzas-- length decreases by one line until coda
        • creates anticipation of conclusion
      • Begins with quote
        • introduce themes
        • professional opinion to support the rest of the poem
    • Context
      • CoR
        • upper/middle class women feeling guilty about eating chocolate
        • published in "From the Devil's Pulpit" anthology--already established sinful connotations
        • well-known poet, people likely to seek out his work
      • CoP
        • Agard born in Guyana, links to invention of chocolate
        • published 1997, soon after "Naughty but Nice" ads
    • Link to
      • Nigella recipe and transcript
        • overindulgence vs self-control
      • "The Butcher's Shop"
        • good sin vs bad sin
        • what we should/should not eat

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