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Meaning

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  • Criticises behaviour of teachers who fail to communicate clearly with their students
  • Innocence of youth + insensitivity of adult world
  • Timelessness of youth + significant moments in childhood
  • Moral fable
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Context

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  • Fanthorpe = successful at academics
    • Experience of teaching
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Imagery #1

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“he couldn’t click its language”

  • Suggest boy views clocks with fresh new perspective
  • But “click”
    • More mechanical and fragmenting than tick
    • Boy imagines clock’s noice as language he hasn’t been taught
    • Language is clicking = seems to be inhuman and difficult
    • Shows inadequacy of boy’s teacher
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Imagery #2

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“wicked”

  • Boy’s experience of education is clouded by fear
    • Teacher misusing her power over boy
  • Ambiguous
    • Heard it from story or been called it
    • Adult responsibility VS child innocence
  • Language choices match vocabulary stereotypically heard in primary schools
    • Help locate our imaginations within that setting
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Tone #1

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Fable-like narrative: “Once upon a schooltime”

  • Encourage us to identify with boy’s experiences and see world through his eyes
  • Fairy tale = for children, expect good ending - ironic
  • Fake compound word
    • Makes language sound childlike
    • = story will take place in special kind of time
  • Challenges reader’s attitude to teachers & invites us to consider lasting effects of their carelessness
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Tone #2

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  • Anaphora = pace in poems
    • Obsessing over details = been long time
  • Smell, sound and touch: retaining dream-like quality as if he himself is daydreaming
  • Boy is truly entering world for first time
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Structure #1

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Free verse

  • Written in free indirect speech:
    • Used to express inner emotions of character who is not able tell you them directly
    • Bc child may be too young to communicate fluently with reader
    • Uses 3rd person narrator to explain what it feels to be abandoned and consequently outside time
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Structure #2

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  • Small three-lined ‘chunks’ of narrative + enjambment
    • Carries the element of fantasy
  • Resemble small boy’s tendency to compartmentalise his day into time modules
  • Mirrored in Fanthorpe’s presentation of his words, which lack spaces
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Comparisons x3

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  • “Prayer Before Birth”
  • “Piano”
  • “Hide and Seek”
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“Prayer Before Birth” Comparison

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Like Fanthorpe’s boy = unborn child recognises some evils of world

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“Piano” Comparison

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Comparisons with themes of memory and time

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“Hide and Seek” Comparison

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Being forgotten or abandoned as a child and what this teaches