The Horse Whisperer by Andrew Forster

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The Horse Whisperer by Andrew Forster

WHAT ITS ABOUT...

  • The peom is about a horse whisperer who controls the behaviour of the horses by using natural techniques & building up a relationship over time
  • When farming became more industrialised- horse whisperers were condemmed by villagers & were driven out of farms
  • The trade became associated with witchcraft
  • The horse whisperer took revenge on the villagers and left the area- but still misses the horses
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The Horse Whisperer by Andrew Forster

FORM

  • Irregular stanzas of free verse
  • First person narrative- gender isn't specified & suggests speaking on behalf of all horse whisperers
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The Horse Whisperer by Andrew Forster

STRUCTURE

  • First two stanzas highlight how much the horse whisperer helps the horses
  • Makes the later alienation seem more sad
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The Horse Whisperer by Andrew Forster

LANGUAGE

  • WITCHCRAFT
  • Images of spells- describes techniques used to tame horses
  • Uses same methods to seek revenge
  • EMOTIVE
  • Reference to narrators feelings
  • METAPHORS & SIMILIES
  • Implies the horse whisperer is becoming horse- like & that the horses are becoming humanised
  • Shows the close connection

 

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The Horse Whisperer by Andrew Forster

FEELINGS & ATTITUDES

  • LOVE
  • Cares & protects horses
  • sad & wistful that the close relationship has been lost
  • REVENGE
  • Takes revenge on the villagers
  • PRIDE
  • Horse whispering is a skilled trade
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