notes on electricity comes to cocoa bottom-
the poem captures the reactions of the community to the arrival of electricity in cocoa bottom, a developing village in the caribbean islands. it starts with the childrens perspectives- creates connotations of childish reactions from the village and a sense of wonder and excitement. 'grannie patterson...peeped' creates sense of community as involves all generations within the community, builds sense of anticipation. 'drawn like a pencil line' portraying the idea of the eradication of the sun, no need for nature. crossing nature out. 'fireflies waited in the shadows' even nature is waiting, builds suspense and climax. nature in the shadows, reference to how the communitys unity with nature is left behind and in the past, electricity develops community faster than nature can keep up. 'as soft as chiffon curtains' sophorific imagery, closing of day, reference to how the village is forced to sleep when darkness falls, represents lack of progress, need electricity to develop. 'kling-klings' foreign lexis add to sense of rural community, and how it is still in touch with nature the birds 'swooped' adds to the sense of excitement and action, symbolises villages feelings breeze 'held its breath', personification expressing the communitys anticipation, a build up of nervous excitement. pathetic fallacy. 'light!' dramatic, interrrupts flow of events and rythm of poem like a beam of light. end-stop. 'tweet-a-whet' onematopoeia, indicating excitement of natural world and therefore the communities, which has been projected on o nature. 'bent forward' 'bowed heads' connotations of a prayer like stance, will bring benefits. electricity is likened to a miracle/holy. showing respect. 'few warm rocks' creates sense of a descolate place, anticlimax 'moment had passed' 'too late' lfe carried on, anticlimax.
Poem starts and ends with children, cyclical structure showing how life carried on normally and it was already a past event....
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