John Foulcher: - General Study Guide and analysis of 2 poems For the Fire: Narrator: Either - Man walking by - Man collecting twigs - Fulcher himself Attitude & Tone: - Report style - No emotions shown, except one of mystery when he hears 'thuds' Choice of words: - Chosen for its simplicity. This comes from it's 6, 2 line stanzas. It is also seen from the fact one thought is used per stanza - Use of sentual words. Sounds are used to express to the reader emotions and visuals for the reader to visualize. - Use of harsh words to show violence. The use of things such as 'thud' (line 2) would give one the impression of a person walking, but it is actually a Kookaburra beating to death a lizard. Other words depicting violence in this poem are words such as 'hacks' and 'axe-blade'. Also the use of 'axe-blade beak' gives the reader a feeling of harshness Use of violence - Shown in the poem through use of the following and horror: words: 'sparse', 'dead','hacks', 'axe-blade', 'stunned open', 'pouting blood', clutching', 'bones are smashed', 'flays' and 'cold air congealing'. Purpose of Peom: - To display several aspects of society, nature and exploitation. Society is displayed like nature, survival of the fitest. It also portrays man's exploitation of many situations. (eg.press and michael jacksons/royal family) Martin and the Hand Grenades: Narrator: Teacher Scene: Class room (History lesson) Meanings of - '..the class pauses/for history..' has two Specific Quotes: meanings/definitions. The first, more literal one means the class is stopping to listen to a history class. The second, more deeper meaning, is one where the class stops to experience the past - The word 'bleak' in the sentence, 'his father's bleak skill' means somber or dull. It's also a sign of negetivity - The use of '...he fingers the serations...' suggests a sensual,sexual mood. This is in reference to how the boy is handling the grenade. It is like he is being taken to another world - The word 'bristles' in the phrase 'bristles with shrapnel/possibilities', is an example of a word which shows the anger of the narrator. He talks about how the boy plays with an object which can kill, or badly injure a person - The line '...the spread/became too loose to catch a man's mortality...', means after a certain distance it is no longer powerful enough to kill someone. The effect of this line is one of sarcasm, questioning sarcastically, why it only kills people that far away and not futher Additional Notes: The classroom is a battle zone due to the way each student is 'wounded' every time they hold the grenade. The classes reaction to the grenade is one of great excitment. This is a contrast to the narrators views, who is in fact disgraced. This can be seen as the teacher describes the experience using the words, 'tears the heart ahead'. This shows how each student is getting more than excitment from the grenade, but is actually being mentally effected by it Only 2 poems are anaylised here, although 6 poems from each Poet should be studied. An enourmous IFF (243k - 2480x3300x1) has been included which contains summaries of 6 of his poems broken down into Narrator, Structure, Attitude and Tone, and Purpose (for the poems: Summer Rain, Harry Wood, Martin and the hand grenade, Loch Ard Gorge, For the Fire, and Bradman's Last Innings). Return to last menu
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