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poetry cluster for aqa gcse exam: character and voice

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Checking out me history

  • Form: techniques used from oral poetry - thats written to be recited out loud, this shows its importance in creating a sense of culture. Uses a mixture of  stanza form.
  • Structure: alternates between historical figures - who are black and white, emphasising the difference between them
  • Historical examples: refers to real people - passing on information
  • Metaphors of vision and blindness: educationkept his heritage hidden from him
  • Phonetic language and dialect: the uses of creole dialect and standard english - shows contrasting elements of his background
  • Anger: because his education stopped him learning about the past history and his culture
  • Admiration: respects the people he mentions in the poem, celebrates their acheivements so everyone else can admire them
  • Celebration: at the end he says he will embrace his identity in a positive way
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Singh Song

  • Form: uses rhymes - gives the poem a light hearted feel, using other voices shows how fits into the community, the poem is like a song with a chorus and verses
  • Structure: alternates between different descriptions - his marriage and the complaints from the customers, repeated chorus shows how he often neglects his work
  • Humourous descriptions: uses entertaining images to describe his family and wife, he also uses romantic and humourous descriptions towards his wife - which makes it light hearted
  • Phonetic Indian English: voices in the poem sometimes combine indian and english words together making new ones, this shows the influence of both cultures in the poem
  • Love: the narrator is in love with his new bride, enjoys spending time with her, she runs an online dating agency - modern attitude to love]
  • Rebellion: his wife makes fun of his parents- which he finds amusing, they dont open and close at the right time - rebelling against his father.
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The Clown Punk

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Horse Whisperer

  • Form: written in irregular stanza's, it's in first person narrative, we are not told if the narrator is male or female - this suggests they are speaking to all horse whisperers
  • Structure: the first 2 stanza's show how much the horse whisperer means to the horses, this makes the horse whisperers alienation evern more upsetting and sad.
  • Language of witchcraft: uses spells to describe the techniques used to tame the horses, he uses the same methods to get revenge
  • Metaphors and similies: implies the horse whisperer is becoming horse-like and the horses have become humanized - shows how they close they connected with each other
  • Emotional language: Refernece to narrators feelings show us how much the horses mean to him
  • Pride: horse whisperering is seen as a skilled trade
  • Revenge: the narrator takes revenge on who drove the horse whisperers out
  • Love: how the narrator cares so much for the horses and wants to protect them
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  • Form: dramatic monologue, written from the point of view from the jealous wife, the poem has irregular stanza's apart from the last line - emphasises beacuse it is isolated
  • Structure: sense of narrators anger building up through poem as a result of extended metaphor of medusa's violent killing. The tone changes at the end as the narrator feels insecure.
  • Transformation: her imagined transformation (medusa) gives her the power and revenge on her husband
  • Violent Imagery: the narrator seems to take pleasure imagining violence in the poem, this highlights anger and seems shocking to the reader
  • Language of vision: conncets the narrator to medusa, vision can be ambigious in this poem - it can be loving or dangerous
  • Anger: the narrator feels very angry and bitter about being betrayed
  • Jealousy: she is very possesive over her husband and is jealous of his other women
  • Insecurity: despite her anger she idolises her husband, at the end she seeks reassuance from him that she's beautiful.
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Brendon Gallacher

  • Form: has a regular rhyme scheme, uses Brendon's name as a song like refrain - make the poem seem childlike
  • Structure: describes the events in order, saving the fact he is not real till the end, letting the reader share her fantasy with her
  • Childish Langauge: some language and images in the poem are quite childish - shows the narrator is talking about her past - helps the reader visualise her childhood
  • Regional Language: she uses scottish words and dialect and creates a clear sense of place - makes it more presonal to her
  • Direct Conversation: intoduces other voices to the poem, makes her account of her chilhood seem more realistic
  • Love: the relationship between her and her imaginary friend is loving and affectionate
  • Sadness: she grieves when she has to admit Brendon is not real
  • Possesiveness: she refers to him as "my" which suggests she feels protective over him
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  • Form: dramatic monologue, using caesura to mirror natural speech, the first 4 lines have a repeated structure and the poem begins and ends with rhyming couplets
  • Structure: the narrators tone is calm and controlled at the begining, the tone changes to deperation and sarcasm - shows the breakdown of the narrators pride
  • Sarcasm: the narrators sarcastic tone suggests bitterness at the help they receive
  • Entertainment Imagery: The language of the entertainer contrasts with the reality of life in the streets - shows the narator will do anything for money
  • Images of wealth: lack of money is emphasised as the narrator frequently mentions valuable things
  • Pride: to start with the narrator seems quite proud and doesnt want to directly ask for help
  • Desperation: at the end of the poem the narrator reveals the hopeless situation they are in
  • Bitterness: the narrator is angry at the insufficient help they receive 
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Les Grands Seigneurs

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really good, but some cards are blanck, please fill them in!

Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Thanks very helpful the notes are very clear and I have been looking for some like this, but please could you complete some of the cards as they are blank.


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