Poetry

Revision powerpoint covering a few of the poems from the Anthology book for the Eng Lit Unit 1 exam on the 21nd May. Sorry if they are a bit vague such as if a bullet point states 'Light hearted tone' but doesn't expand or show examples. - but I did it this way so everytime I refer to it I have to look at the poem and find examples myself like you should too.  

Best of luck everyone!

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The Manhunt
· Soliders who live with long term effects ­ involved in warfare with post-traumatic stress
syndrome
· Who? Armitage narrates the poem in the past tense and is a female character; sensitive,
loyal, going through difficulty
· When? After the solider returns from war with physical and mental injuries
· Where? No location
· What? Discovering the change/ the man the solider has become
· Rhymes and half rhymes
· Ambiguous title; `Manhunt' the female narrator is on a Manhunt for the man she used to
know ­
· Character: the mental wounds are worse than the physical ones ­ making it hard to notice
he is suffering terrible trauma that is hidden; he is passive, unknown, silent
· The poem repeats `then' `and' showing the process of the narrator trying to re-establish
their relationship with physical
· Body's fragility is emphasized `porcelain collar bones' `parachute silk'
· His body is referred to broken machinery `fractured rudder' `broken hinge'
· Line 16 `grazed heart' lost the ability to love, the `metal foetus' something growing inside
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Quickdraw
· Who? Poet and lover ­ communicating on the phone
· When? Modern relationship challenges
· Where? Poet is at home, absent lover
· What? Argument ­ disintegration of the relationship
· Extended metaphor; western movies `like guns' the phone
becomes the gun `we can say hurtful things'
· `silver bullets of your kiss' ­ he does something that takes
her off guard `xxxx'
· Bitterness ending
· Ironic distance for humour
· Caesuras
· Need relationship
· Comic elements…read more

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Hour
· Who? Addresses her lover in present tense directly with occasional reference to the future
· When? Record of one hour that they spent
· Where? In countryside
· What? Celebrates the love in a `magical period of the relationship'
· Sonnet explores love in relation to time
· Imagery with wealth and riches ­ extreme pleasure the lovers feel; Midas light turns her limbs to gold
· Mocks the stereotypical ephemera that we habitually associate with love
· Lovers need each other; `Love's time's beggar' ­ you need to beg time for more because you want to spend
every second preciously
· The couple spend their hour not on flowers or wine but `whole summer sky and a grass ditch'
· Simile of `dropped coin' (tramp's cup)
· 2nd quatrain time stands still; `for thousands of seconds we kiss'.
· `candle' reminds us of conventional props of romance but the light is already light so the candle is unnecessary
· Suggestion that time will destroy love ­ hence the celebration of the `hour final line shows power of love.
Spinning straw imagery from `Rumpelstilskin'- like a fairy-tale `the epizeuxis of gold conveys delight and joy'
· Rejects the trappings of love; flowers wine candles etc and places lovers in an ordinary setting ­ `summer sky'
`blade of grass'. Their love is at its peak
· The irony of the fairy-tale suggests that this hour will not last perhaps and a fairy-tale is a fairy-tale not reality.
The couple are set in a Summer haze but inevitably time will continue and summer will become autumn and the
narrator is clinging onto the repetition of gold to convince us and herself even that this will last through
autumn... and forever/
· Rejects the clichés of romance…read more

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In Paris with You
· Who? Poet narrates poem to his new lover in second person `you'
· When? He is on the rebound
· Where? Paris in a seedy hotel room
· What? Pleads his lover to ignore clichés of lover and the tourists attractions and to
stay in the hotel and explore each other
· richly-comic poem uses rhyme on more than one syllable `Elysees ­ sleazy.
`earful...tearful'
· `don't talk to me of love' ­ abrupt command showing he is clearly fed up and angry
· Then goes onto show a sensitive side of how he has been mentally hurt from a
previous relationship `tearful, bamboozled and resentful'. Paris is his new lover.
· Final line of opening two stanzas `I'm in Paris with you' she is his priority he wants to
immerse himself into his new relationship
· Chatty, conversational tone
· `If we say sod off to sodding Notre Dame' - colloquial and cynical
· Wants to learn about his new lover through physical action
· Fourth stanza interrupts the pattern `Don't talk to me of love. Let's talk off Paris' ­
· Excited climax of repetition with `I'm in Paris' ­ enthusiastic
· Lust and desire and celebrates the excitement of a new relationship
· Light hearted tone…read more

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Ghazal
· Who? Present tense narrator talking to lover
· What? Vivid and extravagant metaphors Khalvati expresses her desire to have a
relationship with the anonymous lover.
· Stresses on pleasure of sex and sexual desire
· Couplets begin with `if' imagining or fantasizing
· 10 stanzas ­ each two lines
· First couplet rhyme and last couplet contains pun on poet's name `me me ­ mimi'
· Mosaic rhyme ­ mesmerizing poem hypnotic quality with alliteration repetition and
internal rhymes
· `me' her lover is the rhyme and she is the refrain and she is in the literal poem as
`me'
· She wants to achieve mutual, simultaneous orgasm
· Heart pierced with intensity of emotion ­ cupid relation to western culture
· Sensational imagery of moths not being able to resist
· Line 15 is balanced; If I rise in the east
· Celebrates traditional form of a Ghazal…read more

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