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In Mrs Tilschers Class

Carol Ann Duffy

First Stanza
You could anything seems possible, addresses reader directly, puts us in the place of the nave child Chalky pyramids rubbed into dust persona seems to think Mrs T is magical and wonderful: nave/innocent The laugh of a bell - personification reflecting the personas happiness, minor sentence images flashing into the personas memory

Stanza 2
Classroom glowed like a sweetshop - simile, the child sees the classroom like treasure Like the faint, uneasy smudge of a mistake simile, the child feels scared of Brady and Hindley, and after Mrs T has tried to make them forget it she cannot completely Mrs Tilscher loved you. - statement, - the persona sees it as a fact

Stanza 3
Over the Easter one part of their life has finished, the structure suggests change, E suggests rebirth. Turning point Inky tadpoles changed from commas into exclamation marks change, growing up, metaphor/symbol, comma continuation, exclamation marks extreme emotion Appalled - disappointed, disgusted by sex, persona is not ready for adolescence

Stanza 4
That feverish July/feverish untidy,hot,fractious the persona is uncomfortable physically and also uncomfortable emotionally with growing up Then turned away. - she cant help, she cant guide the persona, persona needs to be independent Ran through the gates impatient to be grown now they are ready to grow up and face the world, they have left Mrs Tilschers class to go into the real world

Relevant theme of growing up, reaching adolescence Vivid memory persona, reader Clear structure, moving towards a desire to embrace changes Senses How they felt, how we felt In the first stanza it is clear to the reader that the

innocent child feels happy and secure in the class. This stanza makes the reader reminisce about their own time in Primary school.

Topic sentence
Should include: A link A reference to the question Evaluation Second stanza: Duffy continues to evoke powerful memories in

the teenage reader with the second stanza. These lines clearly show the childs naivety becoming mixed with an awareness of the world beyond the classroom.

Final sentence/s
Should include: A summary of the points you have made in the paragraph Reference to the question Evaluation Something to link forward So, in this stanza we relate to the persona preserving their innocence while becoming aware of the darker side of the adult world which contributes to her unwillingness to grow up in the next stanza.

Peer Assessment
Question Evaluation Analysis

2005, Q13
Choose a poem which you feel is particularly relevant to a teenage audience. Make clear why you think the poem is so relevant to this age group and show how the poetic techniques used in the poem help to achieve this.

Question: relevant to a teenage audience Memory clear, emotional, relate, empathise poetic techniques help this Second person, senses, minor sentences, imagery

Analysis and Evaluation

Analysis recognising technique, comments about what the writer is doing, how describe character, theme, style Evaluation your opinion, we, our, the reader, in my opinion, empathise, relate to

First to Second Stanza

Finish two paragraphs Link to next

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