English notes - Revelation (poem)

I have spent weeks refining down my notes on my poems for the Higher English exams, this document is the result of that. I thought I'd share them as it is often very difficult to get any concise information on poems.

These notes are a scaled down to the point set of notes on the poem: Revelation by Liz Lochhead

What is covered?:
• Word choice - connotations
• Word choice
• Word choice - appealing to the senses (synaesthesia, visually, sound)
• Word choice - imagery
• Word choice - contrast
• Poem summary
• Verse
• Mood/tone
• Themes
• Characters
• Symbols
• Pacing
• Parallels
• Close look at stanzas

How to use this file?:
On the first page the colour lines corrospond to the coloured titles in the next column.

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  • Created on: 08-05-10 18:07

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REVELATION, LIZ LOCHHEAD

I remember once being shown the black bull

when a child at the farm for eggs and milk.

They called him Bob ­ as though perhaps

you could reduce a monster

with the charm of a friendly name.

At the threshold of his outhouse, someone

held my…

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CONNOTATIONS/CONTRAST: Bob sounds friendly; however what Bob is a monster. `Bob' sounds like something we would find in the child friendly
countryside of eggs and milk, but he is actually something dangerous.

SYNAESTHESIA: Makes the bull even more real, confusing the senses, intensifying his presence to us…

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The countryside and its nature are invoked to provide innocence, comfort, danger and revelation. The familiar farmyard scene
is invoked as the stage for all this to happen on. Elements of the barnyard and countryside scene are emphasised: the
chickens are perpetual innocents, the milk and eggs…

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SYMBOLS
EGGS AND MILK

Symbols of innocence (of that which cannot defend itself) - shows the child/poet's revelation that those things that are
good in life may be destroyed.
Symbolise the girl's discovery of evil/danger: they are vulnerable to spills and shattering and that there is very…

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