In Come on Come Back and Belfast Confetti both poets present similar ideas about feelings of confusion in conflict.
Both Come on Come Back and Belfast Confetti use imagery to represent ideas about confusion. In come on come back, the author uses an image of darkness to communicate the idea of confusion. The author describes the ‘water on either side of the moony track’ that is ‘black as her mind’. The word ‘black’ suggests emptiness and the unknown. The use of a simile draws comparisons between the darkness of her mind and the waters. The waters are described like this to create a sense of mystery that reinforces the feeling of confusion the woman is currently experiencing. In Belfast Confetti, the poet also uses imagery to communicate ideas about confusion. For example, a ‘fusillade of question-marks’ is used to describe the burst of the explosion. Metaphorically, the the poet exchanges the shrapnel of the bomb with question marks to show the poet’s growing number of questions about conflict. As this is the final line of the poem, it communicates that there are several questions about conflict, but no answers. The word ‘fusillade’ shows the sheer volume of questions which shows the extent and relentlessness of the poet’s state of confusion. Therefore, both poems use imagery to present confusion.
Both Come on Come Back and Belfast Confetti use…
In conclusion, both authors use a number of similar language features and devices to present the effects war can have on the state of mind of people in conflict zones and the feelings of confusion they hold.
This lesson asks you to analyse Belfast Confetti; a poem that explores ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland from 1969 – 1999.
It details the moment the narrator gets caught in a bomb attack and the subsequent confusion he faces.
It becomes clear that this is not just a poem about an isolated attack, but documents a wider feeling of helplessness against such relentless violence.
Below you will find the presentation from the lesson for your revision. You will also find an interesting documentary about the troubles in Northern Ireland from those who were key players in the conflict.
This lesson takes a close look at Simon Armitage’s Out of the Blue, looking at how language, structure and form are used to communicate the human experience of 9/11.
It is often easy to forget that such an iconic moment within our recent history involved real life human beings. This poem addresses this concern and seeks to address the way that we often view this event within society.