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Flashcards in Assisi - Norman MacCaig Deck (20)
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1

Dwarf

diminished, undersized, reduced

2

Hands on backwards

conveys impression of an inanimate doll or puppet

3

Slumped

Suggests his inability to support himself

4

Half filled (sack)

suggests worthlessness as it is not fully functional

5

The sibilance/alliteration of sat slumped like a half filled sack

slows the pace to
emphasise his disabilities and highlight their overwhelming impact.

6

alliteration in tiny twisted legs

highlights the useless nature of his legs
which are too weak to fulfil their purpose

7

sawdust

sawdust’ suggests that he is not flesh and blood but filled with
worthless stuffing

8

in honour of St Francis

connotations of respect and worship conveying his
character and standing

9

brother of the poor

demonstrates his kinship and closeness with
those less fortunate than himself

10

talker with birds

highlights his humble nature

11

how clever it was of giotto

sarcastic tone highlights the priests patronising demeanour in the attempt to demonstrate that he is actually intellectually superior

12

illiterate

implies that the priest believes other people are unenlightened unlike him

13

suffering/ of his son

ironic use suggests that the priest is indifferent to the suffering of the beggar thus showing his hypocrisy

14

repetition of cleverness/explanation

creates a tone of cynicism to convey the poet's conclusion are not what the priest intended on them to be - making him completely devoid of humanity and therefore a complete contrast to St Francis

15

the extended metaphor comparing the tourists to chickens

creates the impression that they are mindless and happy to be led by others - blind to reality - similar to the blind obedience chickens exhibit

16

It was they who had passed

Shows the indifference of the tourists to the real life suffering - suggesting hypocrisy

17

imagery of ruined temple

creates sympathy for the beggar as a temple being sacred, divine place implies the beggar is pure and has inner beauty even though his outer appearance doesn't show it

18

eyes wept pus

grotesque description shocks the reader into fully appreciating the pitiful reality of the beggars life

19

contrast in voice as sweet

unexpected quality - serves to emphasise subjects innocence and virtue

20

Reference to bird and St Francis (good for conclusion questions)

concludes that in the character of the beggar, we are closer to the teachings of the saint than in any of the priest's actions