Appreciation of a the Poem 'Hide and Seek'

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18th October 2012
An appreciation of a poem in Section C of the Anthology
HIDE AND SEEK
The poem Hide and Seek was written by Vernon Scannell, it is about a little boy and some of his friends playing a game of ‘Hide and Seek’. As we read through the poem we see it through the eyes of the little boy and he shows how to achieve a victory. In his opinion winning this will be the greatest thing ever and he is confident on his method to triumph. Near the beginning we see how he hides himself, and he recites the things he must do to ensure his win. As he poem proceeds on so does time and by the end of it his positioning in his hiding spot becomes a burden, and as he leaves his hiding place he realises that everyone has gone home and left him. For him the victory is not as great as expected and the game and outcome didn’t go as perfectly as wanted and expected. Vernon Scannell makes good use of the sense to bring out the excitement children experience whenever playing this game, which makes us reminisce about our childhood days. He gives us a clear picture, ensuring that the reader remembers their own days of fun and that we, alongside the boy, experience his game. Scannell uses the second person, so therefore combining the use of the second person and recalling our childhood, it gives a clear and vivid image of the game of ‘hide and seek’ played by the boy. There are two tones used in the poem- a childlike opinion and a bleak, adult view and in both views we can see, what they boy sees and smell and hear giving an extremely vivid picture. He uses lots of adjectives:

‘The dark damp smell of sand moves in your throat’
‘Your legs are stiff, the cold bites through your coat’ These specific details help us to visualise the situation the boy is in. A use of simile’s also increase the vivid image.
‘Sacks in the tool shed smell like the seaside
The first two lines show us the structure of the game and the alliteration of the letter ‘C’ multiple times through the...
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