GCSE AQA English Literature Poetry: The Clown Punk

Useful quotes and poetry techniques you should know for Simon Armitage's 'The Clown Punk'.

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'shonky side of town'
Sibilance / northern dialect / implies the driver is from the 'good' side of town.
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'town clown'
Internal rhyme / implies he is a joke.
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'like a basket of washing that got up/and walked'
Simile for tramp-like or traditional clown attire.
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'towing a dog on a rope.'
Implies he is neglecting the dog by dragging it / he is poor ('rope' rather than lead) / caesura.
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'don't laugh'
Contradicts 'clown'.
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'every pixel of that man's skin'
Implies they aren't real images ('pixel')
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'is shot through with indelible ink;'
'shot' implies bullets and death, which are permanent, just like the 'indelible ink'.
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'as he steps out at the traffic lights'
Implies the driver is in the car and waiting at the traffic lights.
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'think what he'll look like in thirty years' time -'
Does this imply the 'clown punk' is young?
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'the deflated face and shruken scalp/still daubed with the sad tattooes of high punk.'
Sibilance / negative view on the punk trend.
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'You kids'
Driver talking to his family or he is addressing the youth of today's society.
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'when he slathers his daft mush on the windscreen'
'slathers' is a northern dialect word / is this fear or reality?
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'dyed brain'
Past tense / implies the tattooes have affected his mind / punk trend has killed his brain.
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'then picture the windscreen wipers, and let it rain.'
The punk era has been washed away or society can wash people like the 'clown punk' away.
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Structure/Form
Sonnet form / 3 quatrains + 1 rhyming couplet / enjambment
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Card 2

Front

Internal rhyme / implies he is a joke.

Back

'town clown'

Card 3

Front

Simile for tramp-like or traditional clown attire.

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

Implies he is neglecting the dog by dragging it / he is poor ('rope' rather than lead) / caesura.

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Contradicts 'clown'.

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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