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1 “Your Dad Did What?” and “Catrin”
Poetry Revision “Your Dad Did What?” and “Catrin”

2 “Your Dad Did What?” by Sophie Hannah
What is this poem about? - A teacher misunderstanding one of her pupils’ sentences and therefore not realising his Dad dies during the holidays Who is the voice of the poem? - The teacher Where is the conflict in this poem? - Conflict between the student and teacher, also a conflict of guilt within the teacher’s conscience

3 Voice Explain how the author uses language to present the voice of the poem. Look for quotes that reflect characteristics, attitudes, assumptions, feelings and emotions.

4 Explain how the author uses language to present the voice of the poem
‘what? Your Dad did what?’ – rhetorical, repetition, frustration ‘they’ – not personal, doesn’t see students as individuals, but also, possibly just doesn’t know them all that well ‘you’ (direct address) – puts reader in teacher’s shoes – trying to make us understand / feel her guilt?

5 Rhyme and Rhythm Can we think of any points to make about rhyme and rhythm that we could link into this essay? Starts off like a nursery rhyme / story – young children in school, sets scene Reader thinks a story about an ordinary day – perhaps comical Light-hearted- false sense of security Teacher organised so set rhyme scheme

6 Form and Structure Four quatrains with regular rhyme scheme
Starts off innocently Reveal at the end – reader feels guilt, reflects emotions of teacher, teachers don’t know everything going on with students Short sentences show teacher’s impatience – ‘that’s not a sentence. Never mind the bell.’ – ‘not’ / ‘never’ negative, alliterative Last line final statement – leaves the reader thinking, important and dramatic

7 “Catrin” by Gillian Clarke?
How do you feel about your parents?

8 Explore how Gillian Clarke presents conflict between a mother and daughter in “Catrin”.
Initial Ideas

9 Voice First person – personal account: ‘I can remember’
Direct address – addressing the child as if she is speaking to them, things not normally expressed to daughter: ‘I can remember you, our first fierce confrontation’

10 Imagery ‘hot, white / room’ – hospital, small / claustraphobic, clinical – not homely ‘red rope of love’ – umbilical cord, red – passion, love, anger, rope – ties things together / up, tug of war / pull, ‘love’ – unconditional love, exists whatever happens.

11 Language features ‘first / fierce confrontation’ – alliteration of consonant emphasises aggression ‘I wrote all over the walls’ – metaphor for screaming, shouting / noise Contrasting ‘clean squares’ of hospitals with the ‘wild tender circles / Of our struggle’ ‘the glass tank clouded with feelings ‘ Which changed us both’ - glass box babies get put into, incubator – highly emotional, dense, can’t see? Filling up mind etc ‘bringing up from the heart’s pool’ – suggestive of depth, old feelings

12 Rhyme and rhythm Some rhyme in the middle of lines ‘there’ / ‘hair’ / glare’ near the end – joins lines / ideas together, list builds momentum to the last line. Short lines / line break ‘struggle to become / separate’ emphasises meaning of the word; form represents meaning Enjambement – flow of poem shows confusion and thought process (like a stream of consciousness?)

13 Form and Structure Move from the past and memory to the present
However, there is no change / resolution, still in conflict with each other Even the last line is unanswered – continuous, carries on even after we stop reading – trying to make the reader understand parenthood?

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