English Language & Literature GCSE Poetry Anthology

Includes ananlysis of poems in anthology book.

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The Clown Punk

Alliteration emphasises dodgey place (1st verse). = outcast in society (third verse).

  Octet in the sonnet = 8th line down, indicates a shift in mood.

Rhyming Couplet at end and beginning

Poem = ambigous ending

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Horse Whisperer

In free verse = don't conform to norms of society

1st verse = semantic field of enchantment

2nd verse alliteration = power

3rd verse = mechanical juxtaposed with natural

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Checking Out Me History

Repetition of "Dem tell me," = hes bored of what they're telling him.

"Blind me to me own identity," metaphor = blindness has negative connotations, they are harming him.

Last line = hes asserting identity and independance.

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Mood = pity then turns to ander and her being cold.

1st verse = onomatopoeic words represent biterness and agression.

2nd verse= alliteration emphasises the contrast between beauty and horror.

Repetative Structure to central verses, shows destruction is inevitable.

Isolated sentance at end, isolated like her.

Ambiguous ending= power or weak and alone.

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Singh Song

Repetition in verse 2 shows strong relationship.

End lines justapose = gentle and threatening.

My bride repeated = proud.

Repetative structure = routine.

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Brendon Gallacher

Half Rhyme = under pins his importance to her.

Juxtaposition between two families.

Shift = realisation he's not real.

Alliteration highlights how real he was.

End line = refrain, shows his lasting.

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Plossive sounds = common.

Rhyming couplet adds to sarcastic tone.

3rd verse = semantic field of circus.

Ambiguity = double meaning, occours in 3rd and 4th verse.

Short sentences = making a point.

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Les Grands Seigneurs

Free verse.

Semantic field of circus, she is their ringmaster = in control.

In brackets = parenthetical comment.

"Bluff" = internal rhyme, shes been tricked.

Lines shorten as poem goes on.

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Sonnet = 14 lines.

Rhyme scheme = regular.

Octet = first 8 lines, then change in mood ( VOLTA).

Semantic field of Desertification.

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My Last Duchess

Dramatic Monologue.

Rhyming couplets = structure, shows Dukes controlling personality.

Use of enjambent makes it more like natural speech, which makes it a convincing voice.

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River God

"But I can drown the foold," juxtaposition = vengeful side.

"End likes to the fairy story sleeping beauty.

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The Hunchback in the Park

Free verse, irregular rhyme scheme.

Very little punctuation = allows all elements of poem to blend together.

Links to Quasimodo.

"Made the tigers jump out of their eyes," = imaginative meatphor.

End line compares him to an animal.

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The Ruined Maid

Rhyming Couplets = light hearted tone, reflects her lack of concern about being ruined.


Frivolous = unimportant.

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Dramatic Monologue.

Talks about old self in third person = distanced.

"Hardly," enjambent = struggle to move.

End = isolated sentence like her.

Caesera = full stop in the middle of a line.

Poem is fragmented = like nuggets of memory.

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On a Portrait of a Deaf Man

Form = Elegy = Poem that expresses  sadness about a loss.

Regular rhyme and rhythm.

3rd and 4th line = metaphor for death transforming him.

Juxtaposes positive with negative throughout.

Last verse = sibilance, shows bitterness.

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