poems

Topics: Colloquialism, Patient, Dictator Pages: 4 (824 words) Published: February 25, 2014

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Reflections on a Benevolent Dictatorship
Red
H
40
News from Judea
Red
H
177
The Cornflake
Red
H
170
A Victorian Hangman Tells His Love
Yellow
M
79
When First the Land Was Ours
Yellow
M
260
The Family Man
Yellow
M
61
Life-Cycle
Blue
L
86
Doctor to Patient
Blue
L
231
Prison Alphabet
Blue
L
150

Reflections on a Benevolent Dictatorship
1. What opinion is Dawe expressing through this poem?
That dictatorship is bad
2. What is the character reflecting about?
The character is reflecting about a benevolent dictatorship, and how it resembles people who are incapable and live in a mental home. And about all the bad things that had Happened during this time 3. How does Dawe use the images of a mental home to encapsulate a dictator’s downfall? That people who are under the rule of a dictator resemble those in a mental home because they are “not…. Quite there”. And that they are all kept as prisoners, trying to escape.

News from Judea
1. Google/look up the historical/biblical references. What purpose have they served? Herod was the king of Judaea in BC; he was described as a madman who killed his family and an ‘evil genius’. 2. What political point of view is Dawe expressing?

Dawe is talking about the tyrannical political point of view 3. Why use this style? What effect does it have on expressing the point of view? To show the badness in the story, it highlights the point of view that he is trying to get across

The Cornflake
1. This poem is full of ambiguity and wit. What are the hidden meanings and what is Dawe using the cornflake to represent? He is using the cornflake to represent the idea that no matter how small something is it is still just as important and that everything should be taken into consideration instead of discarding it because of its size or insignificance. 2. How is the poem and the metaphor of the cornflake a comment on society? That we as a society are not concerned with things that...
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