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Poetry
The Blackbird of Glanmore

What Happens

Arrives home from boarding school sees a blackbird on the grass- remembers a blackbird on the roof weeks
before his brother's death
A recognises comparisons between the twitchy blackbird and his brother excited to see him home
Instead of seeing the blackbird as…

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A Vision

What Happens

Describes ambitious and unrealistic plans people once had to turn towns into futuristic utopias
He describes finding the plans on the landfill site- vision was always unlikely

Structure

5 Four lined stanzas of free verse
1st line- immediate statement-`once' instant clue to poet's disillusionment.
Enjambement gives…

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The Moment

What Happens

Man thinking he's in charge of the world- but really nature is
Human endeavour and achievement can lead to a sense of achievement that means people feel they can own
a part of nature- colony, land, etc
The second stanza strips man of these claims
The…

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Cold Knap Lake

What Happens

A memory from her childhood- a girl was pulled from a lake, resuscitated by the poet's mother, taken home
by her father and beaten
Reflecting on the memory- wonders if she really witnessed it or whether her mind has created a false
memory from accounts…

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Price we pay for sun

What Happens

Explores different views of the Caribbean
Tourists view it as perfect holiday destination
Residents live in poverty
While the wealthy can afford their Caribbean holiday the West Indians `pay' daily by their hard lifestyle and
climate

Structure

3 separate free verse stanzas
The…

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Neighbours

What Happens

Personal viewpoint of the Chernobyl Disaster
Welsh- Wales suffered from the Fallout- lamb became inedible
Fearful of what the wind would bring across
Despite the poisonous effect on the land and animals
The ending is positive- the disaster forced countries to talk to each other and become…

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Crossing the Loch

What Happens

Poet recalls coming out of a pub with friends and thinking it would be a good idea to row out
They reach deep waters and their jokiness turns to fear
Suddenly phosphorescence lights up the boat- magical experience
She reflects on how it was a…

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Hard Water

What Happens

Celebrates the qualities of the hard water of where she grew up in the Midlands
`Anaesthetic' water from the tap and heavy, uncompromising rain
Compares the water to the characteristics of the people in her town- plain spoken/ hard working/ honest
living
Those who grew up…

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London

What Happens

Blake hated the effects of the Industrial Revolution on England
He describes London as corrupt and ailing, industrialisation promotes poverty, child labour, disease and
prostitution

Structure

Four 4-lined stanzas (quatrains)
Alternate lines rhyme
Metre, Iambic Tetrameter creates a tightly structured poem- sense of entrapment which entirely mirrors…

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The Prelude

What Happens

As a child he stole a small boat one summer evening and rowed it into a lake
Towards a ridge on the horizon however a huge menacing mountain appeared `like a living thing'
He ran home terrified and was `grave and serious' he was haunted by…

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