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Change Essay

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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending”. Maria Robinson’s quote can be applied to the concept of change as anyone can alter the way they are in their lives and become something new. Change is a state of transformation which results in a fundamental shift in the way we perceive and interact with the world. It is the process of being made different, altered in appearance, turned into something or someone new. The concept of change is very important in our lives as it gives us new experiences whether it be positive or negative. Change can be explored in the poem “Remember me?” by Ray Mather, “My father began as a god” by Ian Mudie, “Originally” by Carol Ann Duffy and in the pros fiction “Sky high” by Hannah Roberts.

The poem “Remember me?” by Ray Mather incorporates the theme of change throughout it and is further established by language techniques. The forms of change shown in the poem are physical and emotional change shown by the quote “I’m bigger and I’m stronger” and emotional change shown by “now I’m not so quick to cry”. These changes are evident through the shift in tone and the evolution of circumstances.

Throughout the poem “Remember me” the poet uses the technique repetition of the word “I” which reinforces the flow of the poet’s narration which link stanza’s one, two and three together reflecting on the past that he had. Repetition is also used in the third stanza of the word “someone” which highlights that the boy was a nameless and helpless victim for another’s entertainment. This is supported by the negative metaphor of the poet being a punching bag for abuse. This repetition is then changes as the poem goes on through the repetition of the word “I’m” which shifts the poem to present tense emphasising internal narration as the poet considers the actions he is capable of. This shows the concept of change as the boy has transformed from being isolated and lonely as a negative experience to...

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