Presentation on theme: "“Your Dad Did What?” and “Catrin”"— Presentation transcript:
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 VoiceExplain 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 RhythmCan 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 sceneReader thinks a story about an ordinary day – perhaps comicalLight-hearted- false sense of securityTeacher organised so set rhyme scheme
6 Form and Structure Four quatrains with regular rhyme scheme Starts off innocentlyReveal at the end – reader feels guilt, reflects emotions of teacher, teachers don’t know everything going on with studentsShort sentences show teacher’s impatience – ‘that’s not a sentence. Never mind the bell.’ – ‘not’ / ‘never’ negative, alliterativeLast 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 / noiseContrasting ‘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 rhythmSome 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 meaningEnjambement – 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 otherEven the last line is unanswered – continuous, carries on even after we stop reading – trying to make the reader understand parenthood?