Born Yesterday

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2 stanzas of irregular length In the first stanza, the poet talks By presenting them in a stanza each, it clearly contrasts them to demonstrate his point of how
First stanza talks about positive about wishes of `being beautiful' unrealistic the wishes of the rest of society are.
wishes made by the rest of and `of innocence and love' made The second stanza has been written in the form of a sonnet (which is usually about love) and is
society which are wished for by the rest of society, whilst the about his realistic wishes to show he is wishing her these things because he cares for her and not
second stanza he wishes for her to out of spite.
every child be `ordinary' and `dull'.
Second stanza echoes the
structure of a sonnet (14 lines
long and ends with a rhyming
Colloquial language `stuff', `well', `in fact' Friendly towards the baby and the informality gives the impression that the poet knows the baby
Two meanings for the title `Born Yesterday' Meaning 1: The baby was born yesterday/ is a new-born OR Meaning 2: the poet is referring to
Pivotal word `But'
the saying, `I wasn't born yesterday', which shows the poet is not ignorant of current life, hence
Directed at the baby `Wished you', `May you be'
Assonance `Unemphasized, enthralled' the realistic wishes he has made for the child.
The pivotal word at the start of the second stanza prepares the audience for the change in tone
of the second stanza, which shows that all the previous positive wishes made for the child, are
not what he wishes for the child
Directed at the child suggests that he knows the child as it makes it quite personal, however the
poet still sounds detached from the baby by referring to her as `girl' rather than her name or
terms of endearment. This shows he is not a parent to the child.
Assonance literally `unemphasizes' the word enthralled.
Enjambment `Running off a spring', `nothing Makes the line literally do so by `running' over the line into the next. It also pulls the rhythm `off
Metaphors uncustomary to pull you off your balance' in the other use of enjambment.
`Bud' is a metaphor for new life as it is the start of life for a new flower. `Tightly-folded' suggests
`Tightly-folded bud'
the curled up position of a new-born baby. It prepares the reader for the idea that the poet
expects wonderful things to grow from the `bud' which of course, he doesn't.
Rhyming couplet at the end `Enthralled' and `called' Mimics sonnet to reinforce he loves/cares for her and that is why he's wishing realistically for her
No pattern of rhyme or rhythm `Skilled, vigilant, flexible...' The use of irregular rhyming and rhythm patterns it reflects his irregular and unconventional
(free-verse) wishes for the baby.
Syndetic list
Syndetic list adds speed and gives the impression of launching his wishes so they come true. The
word `enthralled' at the end of all the uninspiring characteristics sums up his hopes; he wishes
her a happy and wonderful life.

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Realistic `should it prove possible' Doubts that the wishes of the other people in society will come true (e.g. money, fame, beauty)
Friendly/caring Informal tone Reinforces him talking to a person of a young age
Open minded `may you be dull' Explores all possibilities of her life
Has a message
Message: By being ordinary, good things can happen/ they will love her no matter what she is
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