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Nature<br />Alienation<br />Religion<br />Death<br />How do your chosen poets present the idea of .....<br />Family<br />T...
Thom Gunn <br />
Thom Gunn = (1929-2004)<br />He moved from England to San Francisco; he became openly gay.<br />His later poetry became a ...
Tamer and Hawk<br />Tamer and hawk is about a troubled relationship; presented through an imbedded/extended metaphor throu...
Tamer and Hawk.......<br />
Identity: how Gunn is a ‘hawk’ voice = Gunn – how a relationship can make you change your identity <br />Growth: poem show...
During an Absence <br />Gunn = voice – first person <br />He moved to USA from england – therefore an outsider there and a...
During an Absence <br />
Identity: Gunn – gay – not happy because he is treated differently, feels outside – “we had no place in the room” etc. <br...
The corridor! <br />The corridor is about a peeping Tom. <br />Gunn writes in the third person about him; he is separate f...
“The empty hotel corridor was dark” – concrete imagery of the corridor/setting, adjective “empty” suggests quiet/alone, no...
Identity: shy, not confident peeping Tom <br />Growth: growth as a person; by the end of it the peeping tom becomes part o...
(To Tony White) <br />Written in the third person; “he ran the course and as he ran, he grew” – running is a metaphor for ...
Lexical field = military; “corps”, “uniform” and “courage” etc<br />“And feel disgusted only at the smell” the man sees a ...
Identity: man has changed after training for The Corps –being in the army – is obedient to the people in charge etc <br />...
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  1. 1. Nature<br />Alienation<br />Religion<br />Death<br />How do your chosen poets present the idea of .....<br />Family<br />Time<br />Relationships<br />Identity<br />(The set of characteristics by which something is recognizable or known)<br /> Sexuality<br />Growth<br />http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/patten/theme.html<br />
  2. 2. Thom Gunn <br />
  3. 3. Thom Gunn = (1929-2004)<br />He moved from England to San Francisco; he became openly gay.<br />His later poetry became a more loose and free verse style. <br />He wrote about; drug use, sex, bohemian lifestyle, relationships etc<br />He died from drug use - 2004<br />
  4. 4. Tamer and Hawk<br />Tamer and hawk is about a troubled relationship; presented through an imbedded/extended metaphor throughout, of hawking. <br />The voice is of the hawk – aka Thom Gunn – a personal poem – first line = “I thought I was so tough”<br />
  5. 5. Tamer and Hawk.......<br />
  6. 6. Identity: how Gunn is a ‘hawk’ voice = Gunn – how a relationship can make you change your identity <br />Growth: poem shows process of turning against lover – growth of hatred for him?<br />Nature: animal is used as an imbedded metaphor to show personal experience of a relationship.<br />Relationships: metaphor for one of Gunns relationships – gay etc<br />Death: ----------------<br />Family: ------------<br />Religion: ---------<br />Sexuality: Gunn is gay therefore the imbedded metaphor of a relationship is one of his gay relationships. <br />Time: feel a sense of time – involved in the length of the process of ‘taming/hawking’ – structure etc<br />Alienation- ----------<br />
  7. 7. During an Absence <br />Gunn = voice – first person <br />He moved to USA from england – therefore an outsider there and also an outsider due to the fact he was homosexual. <br />Homosexuality was illegal when this poem as written therefore “we” in the poem suggests gay people (including Gunn) eg.; “we had no place in such a room” the room is lead to by stairs in which “deprived ones are lead to the mossy tomb.” dutttyyyyy. Assuming that’s women etcetc so it means gay people and himself weren’t welcome there. <br />
  8. 8. During an Absence <br />
  9. 9. Identity: Gunn – gay – not happy because he is treated differently, feels outside – “we had no place in the room” etc. <br />Growth:-----------<br />Nature: fire as a metaphor for love – romeo’s fire <br />Relationships: <br />Death: ----------<br />Family: ---------<br />Religion: ----------<br />Sexuality: gay people – segregation <br />Time: speaks of visas – lack of time <br />Alienation: being gay isolates them from others in society at the time <br />
  10. 10. The corridor! <br />The corridor is about a peeping Tom. <br />Gunn writes in the third person about him; he is separate from others through the literal physical divide of the door/keyhole but also his choice to be alone as he wants to be in control etc. <br />Through Gunn’s work we can see that the peeping tom is not confident and is isolated from society. <br />
  11. 11. “The empty hotel corridor was dark” – concrete imagery of the corridor/setting, adjective “empty” suggests quiet/alone, noun “hotel” no home etc. <br />Lack of confidence = “he was too ugly for, or could not dare, or at a crucial moment thought a sin.” – he excludes himself, has a lack of courage, experience and confidence due to being away from people. His psychological ‘makeup’ therefore has stopped him from going past the keyhole and talking to the people he sees. <br />Rhetorical questions are used! – poems ends; “And go, one hand held out, to meet a friend?” we therefore see that the resolution of the poem is that he has chosen to get up from the keyhole and open the door back to society and the rest of the world. I believe that Gunn used this to show that communication is key – and that this could link to one of gunn’s own experiences in real life. <br />
  12. 12. Identity: shy, not confident peeping Tom <br />Growth: growth as a person; by the end of it the peeping tom becomes part of society again rather than keeping himself locked behind the door<br />Nature: ---------<br />Relationships: lack of relationships, communication etc<br />Death: ------------<br />Family: ------------<br />Religion: -------------<br />Sexuality: ---------------<br />Time: ------------<br />Alienation: chooses to be isolated , resolution to poem then shows that <br />
  13. 13. (To Tony White) <br />Written in the third person; “he ran the course and as he ran, he grew” – running is a metaphor for the mans training for The Corps – a regiment in the army<br />Throughout the poem was see that the man has been brainwashed/conditioned in the army.<br />Represents how surroundings change you as a person and effect you.<br />Innocence<br />
  14. 14. Lexical field = military; “corps”, “uniform” and “courage” etc<br />“And feel disgusted only at the smell” the man sees a Russian partisan being burnt alive yet due to the fact he has been desensitized, he only is disgusted by the smell, not at the horrific sight. – symbolizes how he is now part of the Corps. <br />“a compact innocence, child-like and clear, no doubt could penetrate, no act could harm.” he has become blind to the horrific acts – he has “an innocence” like when you are a child and nothing matters. <br />Innocence continued... <br />
  15. 15. Identity: man has changed after training for The Corps –being in the army – is obedient to the people in charge etc <br />Growth: ----------<br />Nature: ------------------<br />Relationships: --------------------<br />Death: a Russian partisan is burnt alive – no affect on the man<br />Family: --------<br />Religion: ---------<br />Sexuality: -----------<br />Time: his training “he ran the course” which has created this new man who is obedient and not humble. <br />Alienation: no, he is now part of the Corps, a group etc<br />

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