How Does the Poet Use Language and Form to Give Readers an Insight Into the Thoughts and Feelings of the Speaker?

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How does the poet use language and form to give readers an insight into the thoughts and feelings of the speaker?

Poems are a way of expressing yourself. To some people poems may seem like a bunch of meaning less words, however if you analyze each line you will find a great story behind it. In this essay I will be writing about two initially diverse poems, ‘Flag’ by John Agard and ‘Out of the Blue’ written by Simon Armitage. Agard is originally from Guyana in the Caribbean and is known for his personal voice seeping out of his poems and writings like “Checking Out Me History”. On reading and considering “Flag” it seems as if his individual feelings about flags have been portrayed. Whereas Armitage’s poem, which has been taken out
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Also in the second and third line of the fifth stanza it rhymes. The final stanza is an effective conclusion to the previous four as the form of the poem differs. John Agard makes a clear statement in “Flag” that a colonialism is wrong and armies and nations that take control of another land has no sense of right and wrong. The need for power in this generation, previous generations and for many generations to come is corrupting this world and is causing mass bloodshed. As Agard states people who take any part in this is blinding their conscience. “Flag” can mean different things when you look at it from different perspectives and it really depends on how deep you take it; for some people this poem is very political and for others it may merely tell us the significance of a flag. Maybe the poem is imposing that a flag is a dangerous object that should be used with care. The poem as a whole may be a warning or a reminder of what is happening in the world today and what has been happening for as long as civilization. “Out of the Blue” is about the 9/11 attacks on New York, America. Armitage interprets the happening from a victim’s point of view. Firstly, the form of the poem is not continuous or very structured however this gives an effect to the whole poem because the victim does not feel very ‘structured’. In fact he/she is unraveling into the unknown with no particular direction just like the form of the poem; it could go anywhere.
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