A Critical Evaluation of Assisi by Norman MacCaig Essay
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A Critical Evaluation of Assisi
Q: Choose a poem in which the poet has put across a definite point of view. By close reference to the poetic techniques used, show how successful the poet has been in making you share his/ her point of view. “Assisi” by Norman MacCaig is an intriguing and thought-provoking poem, which has put across a definite point of view to me which I believe is that all people should be treated equally and we should try to help those less fortunate than ourselves. In this essay I will show how successful the poet has been in making me share his point of view, with the help of literary techniques such as language, word – choice and imagery.
Norman MacCaig has put across a definite point of view for me…show more content… In addition, another aspect of language, which MacCaig uses to put across his point of view to me, is alliteration. The poet uses this in stanza three when he refers to the tourists who ignored the dwarf and went after the priest, who was also ignoring the dwarf as he says,
“A rush of tourists, clucking contentedly,
Fluttered after him as he scattered
The grain of the word.”
By using these lines and the technique of alliteration of the letter
C, MacCaig is alluding to the parable of the sower when the seed fell on the path and the birds came to eat it up. Here MacCaig is comparing the tourists that are at the church to being the birds in the parable of the sower. This is because in the parable, the sower threw seed on the ground for the birds to eat and they were clucking around him after it. This is a comparison as this is what is happening with the tourists that are fluttering around the priest as he spreads the word. This helped MacCaig to get his point across to me as it helped me to understand the poem better by referring to the parable.
MacCaig also uses pun to get his point of view across to me as he says, “I understood the explanation and the cleverness.”
Here, the use of pun is through the word ‘clever’ as in reality it means that it was skilful of Giotto to paint pictures to help the illiterate understand the goodness of God. However MacCaig also is trying to