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Valentine – Poem Analysis

‘Valentine’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a humorous poem, which explores the concept of love, likening it to an onion.  The poem has an unusual structure to match its unusual subject matter, and uses a variety of literary techniques.  Duffy… Continue Reading →

Different Types of Rhyme

Rhyme is a literary tool where the same or similar sounds are repeated at the end of a pair or group of words. It can occur with words that are next to each other (as a couplet) or in a… Continue Reading →

1st Date – She and He – Poem Analysis

‘1st Date – She’ and ‘1st Date – He’ are poems by Wendy Cope, which are the two perspectives of the same first date, from both a man and woman.  It is originally from her 2011 collection ‘Family Values’.  The… Continue Reading →

What is Hyperbole?

Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which deliberate and obvious exaggeration is used to emphasise a point. It is important not to confuse hyperbole with similes and metaphors.  Those techniques are fundamentally comparative, whereas hyperbole are overstatements and exaggerations…. Continue Reading →

i wanna be yours – Poem Analysis

‘i wanna be yours’ is a humorous poem by John Cooper Clarke, which explores the infatuation of the narrator with their romantic interest.  John Cooper Clarke is a performance poet who first released several albums in the 1970s and 1980s,… Continue Reading →

What is a Cliché?

A cliché is a normal, everyday phrase or expression which has become overused, so much so that the original meaning or effect has been lost.  As such, words and phrases that we see as clichéd today would not have been when they… Continue Reading →

Nettles – Poem Analysis

‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell uses images from war and conflict to describe a patch of stinging nettles and how they hurt his son.  Scannell is a former soldier whose work often includes representations and descriptions normally associated with war, using… Continue Reading →

What is Iambic Pentameter?

A line of iambic pentameter is where there are five sets of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.  The term is derived from “iamb”, meaning a metrical foot used in poetry (a rhythmic unit), with the prefix “penta”… Continue Reading →

The Manhunt (Laura’s Poem) – Poem Analysis

‘The Manhunt (Laura’s Poem)’ by Simon Armitage explores the impact of the experience of war on a soldier, and in turn his relationship with his wife, and his ability to connect with others.  Armitage is a Yorkshire-born poet whose early… Continue Reading →

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