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Homecoming
TASK: To annotate your poem in groups
focusing on a certain aspect of the poem and
feed back to the rest of the group.
Get into groups of 4
1. One group to focus on the use of colour. Why
are such bright/primary colours used?
2. Two groups to focus on structure.
[punctuation, rhyme scheme, rhythm,
stanzas] remember EFFECT[on the reader]!
3. Two groups to focus on the use of extended
metaphors [the coat and the game of trust]…read more

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Homecoming
Think two things on their own and both at once.
The first, that exercise in trust, where those in front
stand with their arms spread wide and free-fall
backwards, blind and those behind take all their weight.
The Second, one canary-yellow cotton jacket
on a cloakroom floor, uncoupled from its hook,
Becoming scuffed and blackened underfoot. Back home
the very model of a model of a mother, yours, puts
two and two together , makes a proper fist of it
and points the finger. Temper, temper. Questions
in the house. You seeing red. Blue murder. Bed.…read more

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Then midnight when you slip the latch and sneak
No further than the call-box at the corner of the street;
I'm waiting by the phone, although it doesn't ring
because it's sixteen years or so before we'll meet.
Retrace that walk towards the garden gate; in
silhouette
A father figure waits there, wants to set things
straight.…read more

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These ribs are pleats or seams. These arms are sleeves.
These fingertips are buttons, or these hands can fold
into a clasp, or else these fingers can make a zip or buckle,
you say which. Step backwards into it
and try the same canary-yellow cotton jacket, there,
Like this, for size again. It still fits.…read more

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This is a very tender poem - it seems that
the poet writes from the heart and his
own experience, and that the "you" is
someone he knows and loves. (But it is
quite possible that he writes of an
imagined experience - poetry does not
need to be literally true to tell the truth
about human nature.)
Homecoming…read more

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