Football After School Essay

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Football After School

What Parental feelings does McCarthy explore in the poem and how does she use language to present them to you?

Football after school is a poem about a mothers, or the poets’, struggles in the harsh realisation of her son maturing, and having to experience school. Patricia is feeling powerless and worried about her sons inevitable future of him going to school which he has to endure. We observe the poet sharing her thoughts, and images, in each verse her view changes on how she thinks her son will combat “Football After School” . The theme of football fears her, as he “dribbles the sin about the place”, which conveys how she thinks the football as the “sun” will become his life, and will become his focus
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This is a clear change in the tone of her voice as she begins to fear her sons vulnerability, reflecting how her son may turn out to be.
This image of the boy having “to sample punches below the belt”, portrays the image of being bullied, and being an illegal boxing move, it will still be allowed in schools, and some children have to “sample” it, and put up with it as they can’t fight back, and usually “sample” means you are trying something because you want to rather than having to be forced, this juxtaposes .
Patricia McCarthy successfully uses enjambment to convey her ideas running on as the lines progress, because her ideas are building up and becoming stronger in what she believes will happen. McCarthy says “punches below the belt from one you know”, the next line “Without flinching. I can’t prevent” , as she advances in the foreshadowing future, and her feelings are overflowing, which is stopped by the sudden caesura which make her ideas change, and she puts herself in to shelter her son.
The mother is constantly trying to protect her sons future, as he would be exposed to the life of school. Patricia doesn't want to imagine her child growing up as he has
“porcelain skin”, showing he is delicate, precious and cant be touched or harmed, compared with “their granite jowls”, which are opposites, and show life can toughen you, and you will crack if you stay porcelain. Later on in
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