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The Clown Punk [Simon Armitage]

Structure and form

Sonnet form
Draws attention to lack of love

Rhyming
Starts with perfect rhymes; changes to half rhymes
Indicates that the clown is falling to pieces

Language

The narrator is directly speaking to the children, like it is a bed time story.

"Clown…

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Instructing them to wash away the Punk from their minds


Imagery

"Like a basket of washing that got up"
Conjures a shambolic person

Makes us re-imagine a heavily tattooed body. The Clown Punk's body is an image of its own, made up of
"every pixel". BUT we are encouraged to…

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