Homecoming by Simon Armitage: What You Need to know for GCSE

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Homecoming by Simon Armitage: What You Need to know for GCSE

  1. 1. Homecoming Simon Armitage
  2. 2. The Situation <ul><li>Poet is talking to a friend: almost certainly a girlfriend. </li></ul><ul><li>She has been complaining about a time she was unfairly punished as a child </li></ul><ul><li>He is explaining how she can get over this and finally move on in her relationship with her parents. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Structure <ul><li>The first section explains that he wants her to think about the falling backwards trust game in Drama </li></ul><ul><li>The next section he reviews the events that led up to her being accused unfairly and her sneaking out to phone somebody </li></ul><ul><li>The next section jumps forward 16 years to now: he’s going to tell her what she needs to do to get over the hurt she is still carrying inside her. </li></ul><ul><li>The final section is where he explains she must trust his advice as much as you must trust somebody in the drama trust exercise. </li></ul>
  4. 4. So What MUST She Do? <ul><li>He tells her she must forgive, simply forgive. </li></ul><ul><li>The key word is ‘Retrace’ in line 16. </li></ul><ul><li>She must retrace (go back) and make up. It might mean to actually go and talk to her parents about it or it might mean just in her mind she needs to do what wasn’t done at the time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s Going on In The Last Verse <ul><li>He is about to give her a cuddle. </li></ul><ul><li>As he envelopes her, it will be like putting the coat on again. It will be like stepping back into her childhood. </li></ul><ul><li>He compares parts of his body to the parts of the coat. </li></ul><ul><li>Notice ‘you say which’. He is indicating the power she has to make the decisions. The biggest decision is deciding to forgive her parents. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What’s Clever About This Poem? <ul><li>The way he brings the two separate ideas (the trust exercise and the damaged coat) together at the end </li></ul><ul><li>The way ‘falling backwards’ means the trust exercise (literally falling backwards); falling into his arms and falling back in time. </li></ul><ul><li>The way he subtly indicates that she is being a bit childish about all this: notice all the childish phrases and colours in verse 2 BUT </li></ul><ul><li>He is being very supportive and tender at the same time. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Suitable themes <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Imagery </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood </li></ul>
  8. 8. Partner Poems <ul><li>Before You Were Mine (relationships/Family) </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Hathaway (Relationships/Memory) </li></ul><ul><li>We Remember Your Childhood Well (Family/Relationships/Childhood/Suffering/Memory) </li></ul><ul><li>Stealing (Memory/Suffering) </li></ul><ul><li>Education For Leisure (Suffering) </li></ul>
  9. 9. More Partner Poems <ul><li>On My First Sonne (Family/Memory/Suffering/Relationships) </li></ul><ul><li>The Song of the Old Mother (Family/Suffering/Relationships) </li></ul><ul><li>The Affliction of Margaret (Family/Relationships/Suffering) </li></ul>

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