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GCSE Revision - Armitage


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Presentation from the GCSE revision session on Simon Armitage's poetry

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GCSE Revision - Armitage

  1. 1. <ul><li>Revise Armitage’s Poems </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at: </li></ul><ul><li>common themes (the ideas he writes about) </li></ul><ul><li>language </li></ul><ul><li>form (the shape and lay out of the poem) </li></ul>
  2. 2. Duffy Havisham Anne Hathaway Before You Were Mine Education for Leisure Armitage Mother, any distance Homecoming Kid Hitcher Pre-1914 poems On My First Sonne Sonnet 130 My Last Duchess The Laboratory
  3. 3. Themes in Armitage’s Poems
  4. 4. Hitcher
  5. 5. I’d been tired, under the weather, but the ansaphone kept screaming: One more sick-note, mister, and you’re finished, Fired. I thumbed a lift to where the car was parked. A Vauxhall Astra. It was hired. I picked him up in Leeds. He was following the sun from west to east with just a toothbrush and the good earth for a bed. The truth, he said was blowing in the wind, or round the next bend.
  6. 6. I let him have it on the top road out of Harrogate – once with the head, then six times with the krooklock in the face – and didn’t even swerve. I dropped into third and leant across to let him out, and saw him in the mirror bouncing off the kerb, the disappearing down the verge. We were the same age, give or take a week. He’d said he liked the breeze to run its fingers through his hair. It was twelve noon. The outlook for the day was moderate to fair. Stitch that, I remember thinking, you can walk from there.
  7. 7. Themes
  8. 8. Language
  9. 9. Form
  10. 10. Mother, any distance…
  11. 11. Mother, any distance greater than a single span requires a second pair of hands. You come to help me measure windows, pelmets, doors, the acres of the walls, the prairies of the floors. You at the zero-end, me with the spool of tape, recording length, reporting metres, centimetres back to base, then leaving up the stairs, the line still feeding out, unreeling years between us. Anchor. Kite. I space-walk through the empty bedrooms, climb the ladder to the loft, to breaking point, where something has to give; two floors below your fingertips still pinch the last one-hundredth of an inch… I reach towards a hatch that opens on an endless sky to fall or fly.
  12. 13. Language
  13. 14. Homecoming
  14. 15. Homecoming <ul><li>Think, two things on their own and both at once </li></ul><ul><li>The first, that exercise in trust, where those in front </li></ul><ul><li>stand with their arms spread wide and free-fall </li></ul><ul><li>backwards, blind, and those behind take all the weight. </li></ul><ul><li>The second, one canary-yellow cotton jacket </li></ul><ul><li>on a cloakroom floor, uncoupled from its hook, </li></ul><ul><li>becoming scuffed and blackened underfoot. Back home </li></ul><ul><li>the very model of a model of a mother, yours, puts </li></ul><ul><li>two and two together, makes a proper fist of it </li></ul><ul><li>and points the finger. Temper, temper. Questions </li></ul><ul><li>in the house. You seeing red. Blue murder. Bed </li></ul><ul><li>Then midnight when you slip the latch and sneak </li></ul><ul><li>no further that the call-box at the corner of the street; </li></ul><ul><li>I’m waiting by the phone, although it doesn’t ring </li></ul><ul><li>because it’s sixteen years or so before we’ll meet. </li></ul><ul><li>Retrace that walk towards the garden gate; in silhouette </li></ul><ul><li>a father figure waits there, wants to set things straight. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Themes
  16. 17. Language
  17. 19. Kid
  18. 20. Kid <ul><li>Batman, big shot, when you gave the order </li></ul><ul><li>to grow up, then let me loose to wander </li></ul><ul><li>leeward, freely through the wild blue yonder </li></ul><ul><li>as you liked to say, or ditched me, rather, </li></ul><ul><li>in the gutter … well, I turned the corner. </li></ul><ul><li>Now I’ve scotched that ‘he was like a father </li></ul><ul><li>to me’ rumour, sacked it, blown the cover </li></ul><ul><li>on that ‘he was like an elder brother’ </li></ul><ul><li>story, let the cat out on that caper </li></ul><ul><li>with the married woman, how you took her </li></ul><ul><li>downtown on expenses in the motor. </li></ul><ul><li>Holy robin-redbreast-nest-egg-shocker! </li></ul><ul><li>Holy roll-me-over-in-a-clover, </li></ul><ul><li>I’m not playing ball boy any longer </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Batman, now I’ve doffed that off-the-shoulder </li></ul><ul><li>Sherwood-Forest-green and scarlet number </li></ul><ul><li>for a pair of jeans and crew neck jumper; </li></ul><ul><li>now I’m taller, harder, stronger, older. </li></ul><ul><li>Batman, it makes a marvellous picture: </li></ul><ul><li>you without a shadow, stewing over </li></ul><ul><li>chicken giblets in the pressure cooker, </li></ul><ul><li>next to nothing in the walk-in-larder, </li></ul><ul><li>punching the palm of your hand all winter, </li></ul><ul><li>you baby, now I’m the real boy wonder. </li></ul>
  20. 22. Themes
  21. 23. Language
  22. 32. Poem content theme form & point of view Mother, any distance A mother helps a son to measure up his new home. The son wants and fears freedom. <ul><li>parents and children </li></ul><ul><li>love / emotional ties </li></ul><ul><li>1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>autobiographical </li></ul><ul><li>irregular stanza form </li></ul>My father thought A son faces his father’s scorn when he returns home with a pierced ear. <ul><li>parents and children </li></ul><ul><li>love / emotional ties </li></ul><ul><li>1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>autobiographical </li></ul><ul><li>irregular stanza form </li></ul>Homecoming A lover reflects on an argument that his partner had in her childhood. <ul><li>parents and children </li></ul><ul><li>love / emotional ties </li></ul><ul><li>1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>irregular stanza form </li></ul>November John takes his grandmother to an old people’s home and reflects on mortality. <ul><li>love / emotional ties </li></ul><ul><li>passage of time </li></ul><ul><li>death </li></ul><ul><li>1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>dramatic monologue </li></ul><ul><li>irregular stanza form </li></ul>Kid Robin, Batman’s sidekick, has grown up, while Batman has grown old. <ul><li>character study </li></ul><ul><li>passage of time </li></ul><ul><li>resentment </li></ul><ul><li>1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>dramatic monologue </li></ul><ul><li>irregular stanza form </li></ul>Those Bastards A reflection on social inequality from the point of view of a rebel. <ul><li>outsider </li></ul><ul><li>reflections on society </li></ul><ul><li>persona / 1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>sonnet </li></ul>I’ve made out a will The speaker leaves most of his body to medical science, but not his heart. <ul><li>death </li></ul><ul><li>love </li></ul><ul><li>1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>sonnet </li></ul>Hitcher A tired and frustrated motorist murders a free-spirited hitch-hiker. <ul><li>outsider </li></ul><ul><li>resentment </li></ul><ul><li>murder / death </li></ul><ul><li>persona / 1 st person perspective </li></ul><ul><li>sonnet </li></ul>