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POEMS ESSAY How the three different poems represent school:
Schools… all are different. Some trigger happy others terrifying memories. All over the world school is seen differently, in some places it is a place of wisdom and wonder, and in others a place of fear. There are many views towards school and yet none are wrong or right. They are merely opinions. The three poems “The First Day of School”, “Back in the Playground Blues” and “The Lesson” all have one thing in common… they all talk about the negative points of school. The authors refer back to the bullying, corporal punishment and fears that they may have experienced during their childhood. Paragraph 1:

In “back In the Playground Blues” Adrian Mitchell refers back to all the fears that he had on “The Killing Ground.” He talks about the innocent being bullied for no reason: “Well you get it for being different,

And you get it for being black,
Get it for being chicken,
And you get it for fighting back,
You get it for being big and fat,
You get it for being small,
Oh those who get it, get it and get it
For any damn thing at all”
He tells us that whatever you do and whoever you are people will always find a reason to put you down. The poem makes us aware that these things really do happen, that other schools might not have as well behaved children. In the school he talks about, bullies have taken over the playground as “Rulers of the Killing Ground” “Sometimes they take a beetle, tear off its six legs one by one……… But a beetle can’t beg for more, a beetle’s not half the fun” In this passage of the poem Adrian Mitchell describes to us how the bullies would rather intimidate a child, begging for mercy and entertaining them with its pleas, than a bug that can’t talk or show its pain. He emphasizes the impression by the way that he describes the playground:

“Well the playground was three miles...
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