Presentation on theme: "Heading – Poetry 7 What is your understanding of the word guilt? When would you feel guilty?"— Presentation transcript:
Heading – Poetry 7 What is your understanding of the word guilt? When would you feel guilty?
Objective To get a poem fully examine in a single class. How – jumping into the theme and explaining things along the way. What the words mean is written on the back of the sheet.
After the Titanic – Derek Mahon They said I got away in a boat And humbled me at the inquiry. I tell you I sank as far that night as any Hero. As I sat shivering on the dark water I turned to ice to hear my costly Life go thundering down in a pandemonium of Prams, pianos, sideboards, winches, Boilers bursting and shredded ragtime. Now I hide In a lonely house behind the sea Where the tide leaves broken toys and hat-boxes Silently at my door The showers of April, flowers of May mean nothing to me, nor the Late light of June, when my gardener Describes to strangers how the old man stays in bed On seaward mornings after nights of Wind, takes his cocaine and will see no-one. Then it is I drown again with all those dim Lost faces I never understood. My poor soul Screams out in the starlight, heart Breaks loose and rolls down like a stone. Include me in your lamentations.
We are but a collection of our memories. Theme: Time The old man is haunted by his past, experiences ONLY HE can face. Old age is conveyed again as a lonely and troubled time. (Do you agree?) The Titanic (the unsinkable ship) is a good metaphor for any life – write what you believe I mean by this. Compare the ship to a person.
What is a life worth? Theme: Death. The man in the poem used a lifeboat meant for women and children, who now haunt him. His guilt is such he needs drugs, he has gone crazy and he wishes he was dead too. He welcomes death – did the poets grandfather do the same? How?
Homework There are two questions on the sheet: one concerning the rhyme of the poem (or lack therefore of) and one concerning the images. Read through the poem again, start those questions and ask anything you want to know now.
Reflection I think... I like... I want to know...