Y9 – 01/03/16

Due: 04/03 (Issued: 01/03)

Task

Answer the question “How does the poet use form and structure to express feelings about conflict in Flag?” using AIDRWL.

Musts

  1. Written in full sentences
  2. For each point, you need to provide evidence (a quote or reference) and an explanation.

Structure

  1. Paragraph that covers form.
  2. Paragraph that covers structure.
  3. Conclusion: You then conclude on the meaning that emerges from this.

Extension

  1. Introduction (explaining the relevance of the question to what feelings the poem expresses and an overview of the story the poem tells)
  2. Conclusion (on meaning that emerges from your analysis).

Poem

Flag (by John Agard)
What’s that fluttering in a breeze?
It’s just a piece of cloth
that brings a nation to its knees.

What’s that unfurling from a pole?
It’s just a piece of cloth
that makes the guts of men grow bold.

What’s that rising over a tent?
It’s just a piece of cloth
that dares the coward to relent.

What’s that flying across a field?
It’s just a piece of cloth
that will outlive the blood you bleed.

How can I possess such a cloth?
Just ask for a flag, my friend.
Then blind your conscience to the end.

 

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