The Shirt

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Context

The Poem was written after the World Cup 2010 when England were prevented from reaching the quarter finals after they were beaten by Germany

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Content

Initial ideas about poem

  • Responsibility- country/nation
  • identity
  • comfort/ humour/ sarcastic 

Themes:

- Identity

- Purity

- Education

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Language Device

Personal Pronoun "me"

  • acknowledgement of being in a team, but no responsibility as a team, its all placed on him

Simile "like a shroud"

  • Comparison to a burial 
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Structural Devices

- No rhyme scheme reflects all emotions he feels, taking it seriously

- Use of language is getting weaker 

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