The Clown Punk- Simon Armitage
L.1 "Shonky"- Rought/Dodgey/Avoided- Neologism (A newly coined word or expression- a more individual approach)
The part of town seems dirty and desolate- undermimes the funny aspect of the poem.
L.4 "Towing"- Pulling/dragging
L.4 "But.. L.5- Don't laugh"- Juxtaposition- Broken stanza suggests that there is something wrong.
L.5 "Pixel"- Metaphor- Tiny dot.particle- 'pore'- Possibly inferring this man is mysterious/disguised.
Compares the creature (man) to a computer image- which makes him seem not quite real.
L.6- "Shot"- suggests violence or injury.
L.9 "Deflated", "Shruken"- Emptied- Ambiguous- could be an accident that's caused his physical body to decay.
L.11 "Wince"- To Give a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress.
Irony- clowns are usually associated with laughter not fear or disgust.
L.10 "Daubed"- To paint, coar, or smear (a surface) with a thick or sticky substance in a carelessly rough or liberal way.
Society has moved on but he hasn't.
L.12 "His daft mush"- Mouth/saliva
L.12 "Slathers"- To Spread or smear (a substance) thickly or liberally (in this case his saliva)
Assonance suggets the narrator's disgust at the punk's actions.
L.13- "Dyed Brain"- Presents the extremity of this man's tattoos. (His strange reputation- an outsider to society)
L.14- "Then picture windscreen wipers"- Frames the punk so that he seems even more like a painted caricature or circus attraction.
L.14- "Let it rain"- Ambigious- The rain can wash away the Punk's painted face. Could also suggest the children will soon forget about him.
PURPOSE: Presenting how individuals are often severly outcasted for their physical apprearance?
FORM: Written in sonnet form.
Irony: Sonnets are often associated with love. It has regular rhymes at the beginning of the poem, but half-rhymes in the middle section, which suggests something that seems ordered but is out of balance- Also emphasised by the use of ENJAMBMENT.
Cuplets of rhyme- 2 lines
"Sit"- Imperitive voice- Command
"You kids"- Remember