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Themes/message of Eat Me:

Reflects the control the male has over the narrator however during the course of the poem this changes

Examines extreme kind of unhealthy relationship

Exposes issues of gender + power


Eat Me: Links to other poems

The Gun - due to sexual/sensual language

Map Woman - both focus around femininity + idea of women having lack of control

Leisure Centre - both assess sexual tone


Eat Me: Language + imagery

Alliteration: emphasis her size + body

Semantic Field of Food: emphasises the males greed + temptation


Eat Me: Structure

Tercet used in all stanzas: highlights narrator is trapped in life + can't rebel against conformity


Eat Me: Poetic Features

Italics: used to illustrate the males voice - clearly objectifies the women's body as the male voice is possessive/domineering

Starts with "When I am thirty" and in the penultimate stanza states "Soon you'll be forty": shows the length of the relationship as the timescale within the poem illustrates how long the narrator has been in the abusive relationship, implying trapped + can't escape


Chainsaw vs. The Pampas Grass: Themes/Messages

Desire to exert power + culture

Humans vs. Nature

Masculinity vs. Femininity

Physical aggression as medium for expression of emotions


Chainsaw vs. The Pampas Grass: Links to other poems

The Gun - gender roles


Chainsaw vs. The Pampas Grass: Language + Imagery

Personification of inanimate object

Mechanical vs, Organic

Sharp (masculine) imagery vs. soft (feminine) imagery

Death + destruction

Onomatopoeia + sound effects


Chainsaw vs. The Pampas Grass: Structure

Lengthening in middle stanzas (attrition, persistent) to curtailed closing stanzas (defeat)


Chainsaw vs. The Pampas Grass: Poetic Features

Narrator's degree of identification with saw

Idiomatic register

Tone - presumptions to resentful


Material: Theme/message

Material is an extended metaphor for life

Conveys how distractions in modern life distances narrator as a mother to her children


Material: Links to other poems

Out of the Bag - mum is the most essential person in narrators life


Material: Language + Imagery

Italic final words to symbolise speech: insinuates how life moves on and you make of it what you will. Also significant as the mum has the final words conveying how she is defining person in the narrators life

Juxtaposition of old + new - ten bob notes/50p


Material: Structure

End stopped lines create a sense of finality

Anecdotal style


Material: Poetic Style

Half rhyme on lines 2,4,6,8


Inheritance: Theme/Message

Questions of identity

Idea of wondering: journey of thought throughout the poem

Impression of someone thinking out loud

Personal poem with a historical + political dimension in its focus on specifically female forms of inheritance


Inheritance: Links to other poems

Genetics: due to relevance of children

Map Woman: charts a similar kind of society


Inheritance: Language + Imagery

Series of negatives: symbolic of her sense of adequacy

Final line: "I must have learnt that somewhere" creates a positive tone + shows how the material loves give her worth


Inheritance: Structure

Irregular structure: representative of memories and the narrators flow of consciousness. The structure also representative of the unpredictability of motherhood + emotions

Caesura's: used to emphasise specific words

Alliteration and rule of three: "awake, alert + afraid"


Inheritance: Poetic Features

First person narrative voice: creates a personal tone


Leisure Centre is also a temple of learning: Theme/Message



Narrator desires youth of the girl: envious

Warring about how young women are sexualised in society


Leisure Centre is also a temple of learning: Links to other poems

To My Nine Year Old Self: different take on the gap between youth + experience at the relationship between observer + observed in more intimate

Eat Me: due to the sexualised nature of both poems


Leisure Centre is also a temple of learning: Language + Imagery

Simile: "she brushes her hair so clean it looks like a waterfall" used to try and approximate her beauty

Metaphor: "A bee could sip her" suggests she is a flower and links to the description in the opening of the poem as "honey coloured"

Sexual + erotic language: "her secret cleft" + "nuzzle between her breasts"


Leisure Centre is also a temple of learning: Structure

Irregular stanzas


Leisure Centre is also a temple of learning: Other Poetic Features

Tonal Shift: comes in the last three lines which are blunt in their warning about what happens next. Supported through the fact every line is end-stopped + stark in its effect


History: Theme/Message

Dating of the poem sets the context: set in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the Twin Towers in NY in 2001. This event, History with a capital H, casts its shadow over the whole poem

Poem suggests that paying attention to the worlds transience + beauty might act as a kind of antidote to the hatreds that create ideologically motivated violence


History: Links to other poems

The War Correspondent: focussed on specific dates

The Fox in the National Museum of Wales: touches on similar themes however clear contrasting tone


History: Language + Imagery

Setting: beach is significant as seen as a reflective place + poised between land + sea

Tensions between the human + natural world as well as pessimism + hope


History: Structure

Stanzas enjambed + lines scattered: shows the broken up thoughts of the narrator + the narrators confusion conveyed through the fragmented nature of the poem

Structural shift: after the initial description + the word "stone"


War Correspondent: Theme/Message

By juxtaposing two different conflicts 60 years apart, Carson makes a point about the worlds ongoing addiction to war

Emphasises the underlying pointlessness of the sacrifice at the battles