Formative 1.1

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English Formative Task 1.1

“Ending” by Gavin Ewart
The love we thought would never stop
now cools like a congealing chop.
The kisses that were hot as curry
are bird-pecks taken in a hurry.
The hands that held electric charges
now lie inert as four moored barges.
The feet that ran to meet a date
are running slow and running late.
The eyes that shone and seldom shut
are victims of a power cut.
The parts that then transmitted joy
are now reserved and cold and coy.
Romance, expected once to stay,
has left a note saying Gone Away.

Poets use many different poetic devices and techniques when they compose a poem. These techniques and devices are intentionally embedded in the poem to stir up and create emotions such as empathy in the reader. In the analysis and deconstruction of the poem “Ending” by Gavin Ewart, many of these techniques were demonstrated. Gavin Ewart utilises language features such as similes, these are evident in lines one, two, and three. Line 1: “The love we thought would never stop now cools LIKE A congealing chop.” Line 2: “The kisses that were hot AS curry are bird-pecks taken in a hurry.” Line 3: “The hands that held electric charges now lie inert as four moored barges.” Some sound devices apparent in the poem include; Rhyme. This is the effect created by the repetition of the same sound at the end of lines. This is illustrated in every line of the poem: The love we thought would never stop

now cools like a congealing chop.
The kisses that were hot as curry
are bird-pecks taken in a hurry.
The hands that held electric charges
now lie inert as four moored barges.
The feet that ran to meet a date
are running slow and running late.
The eyes that shone and seldom shut
are victims of a power cut.
The parts that then transmitted joy
are now reserved and cold and coy.
Romance, expected once to stay,
has left a note saying Gone Away.

As highlighted above, the repetition of the words at the end of the...
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