Poetry Across Time: Character and voice Key Language: connotation, imagery, metaphor, simile Structure and form: stanzas, type, patterns, contrast, juxtaposition Poetic methods: alliteration, caesura, assonance, rhythm, rhyme Character and voice: who is speaking and to whom? Tone of voice Links: comparisons to other speakers, methods and themes Oxymoron used to show how people see him as a ridiculous figure.Simile implies that he Alliteration and sibilance –is dressed emphasises menacing area.eccentrically and to The Clown Punkthem looks unkemptand dishevelled. Driving home through the shonky side of town, Assonance/rhyme emphasises how three times out of then you’ll see the town clown they seem him as a like a basket of washing that got up joke and somethingImperatives have the and walked, towing a dog on a rope. But amusing.tone of a lesson – heserves as a reminder don’t laugh: every pixel of that man’s skin Highlights theand example of how not permanency of the is shot through with indelible ink;to behave/dress decisions made in as he steps out at the traffic lights, youth.according to parents. think what he’ll look like in thirty years’ time – Mirrors deflated the deflated face and shrunken scalp ideals and ambitions As the rain washes still daubed with the sad tattoos of high punk. or dreams he once the suds away, so you kids in the back seat who wince and scream had. too has the when he slathers his daft mush on the windscreen, significance and worth of the punk Reflects the diminished when remember the clown punk with his dyed brain, clouded judgment people judge him. then picture the windscreen wipers, and let it rain. of the ‘punk’ and ridicules his decisions – metaphor. Interpretations of the poem: A comment on the prejudice in society. A portrayal of a piteous and lonely man, A lesson about how your decisions in life affect you.