National trust structure
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National Trust Structure
Lesson Aims To analyse how structure and form are used to convey meaning
Look at your poem How does Harrison use structure to convey meaning?
How does Harrison use structure to conveymeaning? 1.Identify how Harrison uses structure and form to suggest the oppression of the proletariat 2. Explain the and form, commenting on aspects of rhyme and meter. 3. Evaluate the structure and form from a Marxist perspective using key terminology
Bottomless pits. Theres one in Castleton,and stout upholders of our law and orderone day thought its depth worth wagering onand borrowed a convict hush-hush from his warderand winched him down; and back, flayed, grey, mad, dumb.Not even a good flogging made him holler!O gentlemen, a better way to plumbthe depths of Britains dangling a scholar,say, here at the booming shaft at Towanroath,now National Trust, a place where they got tin,those gentlemen who silenced the mens oathand killed the language that they swore it in.The dumb go down in history and disappearand not one gentlemans been brough to book:Mes den hep tavas a-gollas y dyr(Cornish-)the tongueless man gets his land took.
Tony Harrison:(I have) a passion for language that communicates directly and immediately. I prefer the idea of men speaking to men to a man speaking to God, or ever worse to Oxford’s anointed.
School of Eloquence is a quoteThe Making of the English Working Class is an influential and pivotal work of English social history, written by E. P. Thompson, a notable New Left historian; it was published in 1963.(…) It concentrates on English artisan and working class society "in its formative years 1780 to 1832."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Making_of_the_English_Working_ ClassDo your own research to find out more about this text and possible influences on
The School of EloquenceIn The Making of The Working Class, Thompson explores how language can to liberate as well as imprison and suggests that language is an essential component if there were to be any movement for social change. By using the quotation as a title, Harrison approves of this. The barriers and constraints of Language are a significant feature of many of the poems in this The School Of Eloquence. They are often rooted in Harrision’s own personal experiences and those of his parents. He also writes about the collective oppression of people through language and establishes himself as a voice for the working
FormHarrison chooses sonnet form to write many of the poems in SOE. However, he chooses the more unusual English sonnet form of 16 lines, used by the Victorian poet George Meredith. Harrison shoes here that he understands form, but chooses to remove himself from the established form of canonical figures in literary history. Here then he shows his dexterity with langauge; he shows he is well educated whilst simultaneously distancing himself from the literary establishment.There’s quite a good quide here: