AQA Anthology

Duffy, Armitage and pre 1914

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Cat Scott
  • Created on: 06-05-11 12:59

On my First Sonne

WHAT HAPPENS?

The man says goodbye to his seven year old son who has just died. He says he envies his son because in heaven you don't have to deal with the horrible things that happen in life. Ben Johnson says that his son was his best ever creation. He decides that in the future he won't love anything as much as his son,so that he can't get upset if they die.

TYPES OF LANGUAGE

Pride and Affection: The poet is very fond of his son. The poem is written as though he's talking directly to him. This makes it seem very personal and helps you imagine the poets feelings.

Metaphorical Language: A metaphor about debt and money explains why his son died

Comments about Death: On one hand the poet is sad thats his son is dead but that early death isn't so bad because you don't experience old age or suffering.

FEELINGS AND ATTITUDES

1. Grief 2. Uncertainty 3. Pain

THEMES

death, parent/child relationships,love

Could compare with: Tichbornes Elegy, Before you were mine, Mother any distance and Anne Hathaway

1 of 4

The Song of the Old Mother

WHAT HAPPENS?

The old woman gets up and gets the fire going, she cooks and cleans all day, she thinka younger people are lazy and summarises her life and the fire as 'feeble and cold'

TYPES OF LANGUAGE

Rhyming Couplets and rhythm - the rhyming couplets make the poem sound repetetive like the womans work

Contrast- Yeats points out the differences between the life and thats of the young people.

FEELINGS AND ATTITUDE

1. Sympathy 2. Drudgery 3. Moral

THEMES

attitudes towards others, first person, imagery

could compare with, Before you were mine, November, The Affliction of Margaret and Homecoming

2 of 4

Little Boy Lost and Little Boy Found

WHAT HAPPENS?

A little boy calls out to his dad asking himto ait so he doesn't getlsot, but his dad disapears,leaving the boy crying ,the boys lost on hisown but God shows up and leads him to his mother.

TYPES OF LANGUAGE

Emotive Language- the poets descriptions of the boy make him helpless and vulnerable, we pity him

Religious Language- There is alot of Christian imagery and supports the message 'we are lost without God'

FEELINGS AND ATTITUDES

1.Fear 2. Concern 3. Religion

Could be compared with Stealing, Hitcher, The Affliction of Margaret ,My father thought it bloody queer, Havisham and Mother any distance.

3 of 4

Sonnet 130

WHAT HAPPENS?

He makes blunt critical statements about his lovers looks,she doesn't have the 'typical' beautiful look. However it becomes apparent that he really likes her.

TYPES OF LANGUAGE

Subversion of traditional images of beauty- Shakespeare goes against the readers expectations and says how she's beautiful in a genuine way

Critical Language- he souns critical and shallow in the first part

Sonnet Form- 14 lines and is in iambic pentameters

FEELINGS AND ATTITUDES

1. Subversion 2. Contempt 3. Love

Could be compared with- Anne Hathaway,Patrolling Barnegat, I've made out a will, The village schoolmaster and Havisham

4 of 4

Comments

Myst3riousG1rl

not bad some good information

Lollypop

quite good, do you have notes on Elegy?

Similar English Literature resources:

See all English Literature resources »See all AQA Anthology resources »