Sound effects help to create atmosphere – alliteration, sibilance, assonance. Addresses reader Directly – ‘I’ Language is mostly conversational. ‘After the Titanic’.
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Sound effects help to create atmosphere – alliteration, sibilance, assonance
Directly – ‘I’
Language is mostly conversational
‘After the Titanic’
Rhythm has a natural feeling with run on lines and simple everyday words. Poem feels like a cry from the heart naturally addressed to reader-engages us
Poem focusing on person – dramatic monologue which enters into Ismay’s mind. Also gives glimpse of views of others
Vivid descriptions of the Titanic sinking.
Imagery exaggerated to express feelings
Language used suggests he feels treated unfairly
‘sank as far that night as any/Hero.’
Alliteration – sound effects create impact
Feels like a victim, compares his plight. Clever use of language – sarcastic tone to ‘hero’
‘a pandemonium of/Prams, pianos, sideboards, winches,/Boilers bursting
Vivid imagery evokes atmosphere of chaos.
‘Now I hide/In a lonely house...the tide leaves broken toys and hat-boxes/Silently at my door’
Aftermath of the disaster-imagery evokes sympathy. Reminded of women&children. Symbolises his guilt
‘The showers of April, flowers of May mean nothing to me...I drown again with all those dim/Lost faces I never understood’
Torment and guilt are made evident. Realises he escaped due to priviledge.
‘My poor soul/Screams out in the starlight, heart Breaks loose and rolls down like a stone.
Vivid imagery to illustrate his suffering. Note of self-pity.
Sense of grief echoed
‘Include me in your lamentations’
His final plea is tragic.
- Utter desolation (misery)