Hunchback in the park?

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This is a poem in the character and voice cluster for aqa :) im finding it quite difficult and need someones opinion on some of the language used for effect in it or any resources about it :) thankss

Posted Mon 7th May, 2012 @ 22:27 by Lamise Hassan

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In my GCSE class our teacher split us into groups and gave each group two poems each, which they had to plan a lesson for and then teach to the rest of the class. This is one of the poems I did a lesson on so I hope I can be of some use!

One of the main themes that we noticed running throughout the poem was that the hunchback is often referred to as an animal. Words like "zoo", "dog" and "kennel" are used. This could show that the hunchback is viewed as inferior by other people. Also, he may feel as though he is caged as in a zoo (references to young boys who tease and taunt him, as if he were locked up for their entertainment).

We managed to link this poem to quite a few themes including:
Loneliness (Doesn't seem to have anyone else/Does he live in the park alone?/Spends a lot of time there-an escape?)
Nature (As previously mentioned references to animals/at one with nature). INTERESTING BACKGROUND INFORMATION - we also did some research on the poet and discovered that he grew up near Swansea and that the park in the poem is based greatly on a park near to where he grew up called Cwmdonkin park (not sure of exact spelling).
Relationships (Difficult to find people he gets along with?/Can link to loneliness.)
Endings vs Repetativeness (Poem seems to stick to a very strict chronological order-starts at the beginning of the day and ends at night/Can we get a sense of routine, like the hunchback goes through the same things day in and day out?/Examples.)
Youth/Childhood (Make references to the innocence of the young boys/Do the boys know how what they're doing affects the hunchback?/I think one of the quotes is "innocent as strawberries"-What makes them innocent?/Was the hunchback once like them?)
Mystery (Does anyone really know the hunchback? He is never named/What does he do when he's not in the park?/Does he have friends? Family?/Do we learn anything about his past or his background?)
Stereotypes (People seem to assume he is this doddery old man that spends his free time in the park like he has nothing to do-Is this true?/Does he have another life?/Can we make assumptions about him or is there more than meets the eye?)

I hope some of this helps and that it was sorty of what you wanted, otherwise I have rambled on unnecessarily for quite a long time!

Remember to back all of this up with quotes; I think I've only put one or two in here.

Another tip; we drew up grids so that we could cross reference different themes with different poems in our anthologies. You may find this useful, as I certainly did! Medusa, I found, was a great one for comparing. You basically would just be able to better see links between, for example, relationships and how they are portrayed differently in Medusa/Hunchback/Ruined Maid/Give etc etc etc.

Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 22:26 by Isobel
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Ask RICHARD NUTTALL!! he is amazing at poems, what with him being a flower and all!

Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 09:03 by Rick Abendstern
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Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 19:42 by Shannon
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LOL i replied with that link for your question haha! i use it but it didnt have enough detail on hunchback in the park :/

Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 20:33 by Lamise Hassan
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Ah did you? Ah thank you it was helpful for me! Have you tired BBC Bitesize? Or try getting a revision book on The Character and Voice Cluster...I bought one from Amazon. 

Answered Wed 9th May, 2012 @ 16:46 by Shannon
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Isobel, that was AMAZZZINGGG exactly what i wanted!! thanks soo much :))

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 12:14 by Lamise Hassan
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No problem! :) Glad to help. Good luck with your exam! I assume you have them on the same days as me. Is it the 22nd and 24th or something?

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 15:52 by Isobel
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Yeahh im doing of mice and men and an inspector calls for my two books , i think thats the first exam and the poetry ones on the 24th? So nervous! Good luck for u too!

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 16:45 by Lamise Hassan
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hey isobel i had to do the same to myclass as awell an athology called moon on the tides and we had to give a lecture about the poem ** isobel email me bk [email protected] **

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 16:30 by faizan rashid