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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

Addresses reader

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


‘They said I got away in a boat/And humbled me at the enquiry

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.


Simile/Sibilance/ Assoance

‘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)