Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Kid by Simon Armitage

  1. What was your favourite/least favourite poem? Why?
  2.  How did you feel about the collection overall? Did you like/dislike it? Why?
  3. Did you notice any particularly striking uses of simile/metaphor?
  4. Could you relate to the subject matter of the poems?
  5. How did you feel about the language used in the collection? Is it accessible?
  6. There is quite a lot of humour in the collection – did you like/dislike this? Was it always successful?
  7. There is a sequence about Robinson dotted through the collection, did you get a feeling as to the character of Robinson? What type of person was he? Do you think he is a type? Is he a character with universal attributes? Or is he perhaps based in part on the author?
  8. There seems to be a sense of discontent within the collection – did you notice this? How did you feel about it? Did it seem to be related to one particular theme or was it more general?
  9. Did you get much sense of the author or narrator from reading these poems?
  10. Did you notice any recurring themes and ideas within the collection? 
  11. How did you feel about the title poem?
  12. What did you think was happening in the poem “Shrove Tuesday”?
  13. Not the Furniture Game is a list poem – what is the cumulative effect of the statements in the list? What feeling do the statements give you about the character? Does the list give you a sense of the physical shape of the man an/or his emotional state? What effect do the final two stanzas have and would the poem be as effective without them? What sense did you get of the relationship between the he and the she in the poem?
  14.  Who do you think the she is, who is referred to in “Lines though to have been Written…”?
  15. What do you think is the mysterious thing that has happened in the poem “8 p.m. and Raining…”?
  16. Eighteen Plays on Golfing as a Watchword pays homage to Wallace Stevens’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, do you see any similarities between the poems (apart from the numbering and the title)? Is it a successful poem? Is it ironic?
  17. What did you think of the final poem in the collection “About His Person”? Did the list draw a picture of the character that owned them? What do you think happened to the character? Does the poem say anything about what we value or the meaning of life? Did it make you think about what might be found on your person?
  18. Do you think Armitage’s job, as a parole officer is evident as an influence in this collection?
  19. Would you seek out more of the author's work?

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