Gooseberry Season by Simon Armitage

Topics: Poetry, Question, Anger, Father / Pages: 5 (1245 words) / Published: Dec 15th, 2010
Gooseberry Season by Simon Armitage
This essay is about the poem which is called “Gooseberry Season” and it’s by Simon Armitage. I will be looking at the character of father in the poem and look at the different techniques that are used to describe the behaviour of the father. At the start of the poem the character of the father seems to be kind, generous and caring as he lets a stranger stays in the house when the stranger comes and asks for water. This shows his generosity and niceness. Later in the poem he becomes angry and has jealous. At the end of the poem he is a murderer.
The title ‘Gooseberry Season’ makes it thinks about a fruit which is bitter and spiky and it grows in summer. Gooseberry is green and the colour green suggests jealousy.
The poem starts in a narrative way, “which reminds me”, it suggest someone is telling a story and may suggests the reader as if he is talking to him. Also it means that there nothing big in his mind he just remembered something. This shows that the father is relaxed and not worried about anything. At the start it also shows that the father is being very generous and nice where it says, “He appeared at noon, asking for water”, and the father gives him water. Water is a symbol of life so maybe he felt sorry for him when the stranger asks for water. At the end of the stanza one it says that “We made him a bed”, it suggests that they let a stranger in their house and made him a bed. For the father it suggests that he very kind, generous and caring as he lets stranger in the house. “We made him a bed and slept till Monday”, shows that the father been very nice and he welcomes people in the house nicely and he done more than the stranger asked for. It makes the reader wonder at his generosity and niceness as he lets a stranger stay in his house without knowing him. The technique that used at the end of stanza 1 is enjambment which makes sentences carried to the next stanza. The effect on the reader is no pause and it makes

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