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The poem ‘Kid’ by Simon Armitage is written in quite a humorous fashion. The rhyme used in the poem is a double rhyme, which most of the rhymes ending with ‘er’, which suggests to a reader that the poem is supposed to be a light load and entertaining piece of writing hence it shouldn’t be something that has a depressing effect on someone reading it.
This creates a grip for a reader as the reader and I gathered that it starts to make the audience wonder; what might the writer include next and how will the writer maintain this.
The structure, which is a continuous stanza with no breaks, portrays that it’s a monologue and instantly, connecting the diction and the structure, a reader can picture a person probably just running their mouth about something negative about someone else.
The use of connotative diction like ‘Sherwood-Forest green’ implies to the subject of superhero costume and particularly symbolise the get up of Robin, however this could also contribute to the image of all the superheroes in general. The quote ‘Big Shot’ can be taken as an insult towards Batman and ‘Now, I’ve doffed off’ could refer to the idea of Robin being separated from Batman or in other words, Robin finally becoming free from batman.
Similarly, the poem ‘On my first Sonne’ has one continuous stanza which also conveys the idea of a monologue however, the diction used in this poem refers to the image of grievance rather than jealousy or humour but it also mirrors the idea of separation from someone close.
“Farewell, thou child of my right hand” perhaps implies to the death of a child by the use of this sorrowful phrase; ‘Farewell’. Even though it appears to be a poem addressing the dead child, in my opinion, it shows more of the poet reflecting and exercising his own memories and expectations rather than highlighting the child and making him the centre of attention. The poet in this text uses rhyming couplets which is one of the simplest forms of rhymes and could be linked to nursery rhymes but because the poet is addressing a child, this device can be justified.
Thomas Hardy’s ‘The man he killed’ is a poem written in first person narrative which was easily identified by the use of ‘I’ and ‘me’, this gives the chance for a reader to understand and get a up-close personal look at a poem from someone else’s or a character’s point of view. Whereas I think that sometimes first person narrative can project out some false information from the character that tries to persuade us to think in a way that the character (or the writer) wants us to think. Most of the diction used suggests reflection on the character’s actions and refers to a sign of regret to some extent. The first stanza establishes some common things that the victim and the soldier had and the quote ‘We should’ve sat us down’ enforces this idea. Nonetheless, the second and third stanza develops the actions and the justification of the soldier. This contrast could perhaps mean that the soldier is feeling guilty for his actions and just reflecting on his actions. The contrasting points and the inclusion of the justification can stand for the clean intentions of the soldier or on the hand enforce the idea that he is trying to cover up for his wrong doings.
Distinctively, Carol Ann Duffy, in the poem ‘Havisham’ displays some points from the view of a bride who was stood up by her fiancï¿½. The idea of the first stanza is about her intent on planning revenge against her fiancï¿½. Carol gets the reader into the poem and getting people to know what it is going to be about. In the second and third stanzas the poem describes about her life and her state of mind. Then in the fourth stanza it explains her idea of death, violence and hatred on all men. The poem is written as dramatic monologue in first person, which again, allows us to comprehend the ideas of the writer via the character. The poem focuses on how the character is feeling. “Beloved sweetheart bastard. Not a day since then I haven’t wished him dead”. Throughout the poem it goes through her mental state of mind, from the words used by Duffy you can see she has had a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. While reading this poem I thought that this could be the view and state of every woman that would go through this scenario.
To conclude with, I consider that each of the poets and poems uses different techniques like; rhymes, diction, structure and connotations to develop imagery and point of view, both of which are crucial to understand a poem. Imagery in ‘Kid’ and ‘on my first sonne’ is shown by the use rhymes, diction and structure. Kid is written in a humorous way and suggests us the separation of Batman and Robin and after the separation, Robin goes on to insult Batman in a way. The poem ‘on my first sonne’ steer us to believe that it’s about a father being separated from his son but it in a way, it also focuses on the narrator rather than the subject which is sort of similar to ‘Kid’. ‘The man he killed’ and ‘Havisham’ use identical techniques to exhibit point of views. They both use first person narrative and have some-what similar structure. ‘The man he killed’ uses devices to show the guilt or reflection of the character’s actions, whereas ‘Havisham’ advertises the intent of revenge from a woman’s/bride’s point as a result of someone else’s action.
The poem ‘The man he killed is a personal favourite of mine for one reason in particular, because it uses simple terms and vocabulary. It uses everyday phrases and it’s easy to understand. It creates an image that is very easy to analyse and it also shows clear point of views.