Tuesday 21st February 2012 Learning Objective: To be able to explain how language and structure contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings. Must: C Should: B Could: AStarter: Read the sheet about the poet. Highlight any information that youthink is important.What does she mean by
Analysis of the poem Task 1: Each be given a different sheet Read and summarise the informationYou must be able to discuss this information with someone new to inform their analysis about: Background Themes Poetic form
Group 1: Background • Group 2: Themes Group 3: Poetic Form
A ghazal is an ancient form of poetry which originated in the Middle East, particularly Persia (modern Iran). Ghazals must be at least five stanzas long, with each stanza being made of a pair of lines, or couplet. Thesecond line of each couplet traditionally has a refrain, a pattern of rhyme or similar words. Traditionally, ghazals are about unfulfilled love – the narrative voice loves someone else, but they either cannot or do not want to return the love. What themes are evident in the poem/become clearer now you have this piece of information?
Key Themes theme of love and separation suggestion of forbidden or impossible love written in praise of the beloved theme of unrequited lovebeloved’s power to enchant represented beloved portrayed as beyond reach or in extended metaphors unattainable explores sexual desire of lover spiritual elements within the relationshiplover is presented as powerless to love expressed in erotic terms resist her feelings
• Return to the poem, and using different colours or annotations, find each of the following. Be prepared to share your ideas in class. You have just one minute for each!• 1. Identify what you think is the most seductive line (where the speaker is trying to persuade the beloved to return her affections).• 2. Select the most effective metaphor or extended metaphor to describe love in the poem.• (A metaphor is a way of describing something by saying it is something else, eg ‘the sun is a furnace’. An extended metaphor is a metaphor that continues into the sentences that follow.)• 3. Choose the stanza or sher you think best expresses the speaker’s love and feelings.• 4. Which is the most sexually euphemistic line?(Euphemisms are indirect or suggestive ways to describe explicit or taboo topics, such assex.)• 5. Which do you think is either the most romantic, or the most sentimental or clichéd line? (Clichés are phrases that have a predictable and unoriginal quality because they are overused, eg ‘you mean the world to me…’.)• 6. Find an example of idiomatic language.(Idioms are phrases with a figurative meaning, eg ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’.)
Soldiers Wounded SoldierWhat are your impressions of both images?
Armitage wrote the poem about this man: EddieA born soldier, Eddie expected to shoot and be shot at: that’s what he was trained for. Instead, he lifted the barrier at the checkpoint to wave through the death squads.A couple of days later, he’d be a member of the party that went in to witness the horror and clean up the mess. There are things he won’t describe, he says, because they are so horrific. To try to cure his nerves and overcome his paranoid reaction to loud bangs, he once took a revolver out into a field and fired round after round of blanks against his head.… But, for me, the last word comes not from a man but from Laura, Eddie’s wife. Tracing the scar of a bullet that took away part of her husband’s face, then continued pin-balling through his body, grazing his heart along the way, she describes the slow and sometimes painful process of trying to reach him, touch him, love him and make him human again.
The ManhuntAfter the first phase,after passionate nights and intimate days,only then would he let me tracethe frozen river which ran through his face,only then would he let me explore http://anthology.athe blown hinge of his lower jaw,and handle and holdthe damaged, porcelain collar-bone, qa.org.uk/attachmand mind and attendthe fractured rudder of shoulder-blade, ents/290.htmland finger and thumbthe parachute silk of his punctured lung.Only then could I bind the strutsand climb the rungs of his broken ribs,and feel the hurtof his grazed heart.Skirting along,only then could I picture the scan,the foetus of metal beneath his chestwhere the bullet had finally come to rest.Then I widened the search,traced the scarring back to its sourceto a sweating, unexploded mineburied deep in his mind, around whichevery nerve in his body had tightened and closed.Then, and only then, did I come close.
Chatter BoxChatterbox THINK What is your overall impression of the poem? Do you feel sympathy for the narrator? Why or why not? Do you feel sympathy for the wounded soldier? Why or why not? Do you think Armitage has managed to write effectively about the situation? What does or does not work for you? The Anthology has a section on ‘Conflict’ poetry; why isn’t this poem included in there, instead of in the ‘Relationships’ section?
To be able to explain how language and structure contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.