Thursday, 6 December 2012

Out of the Blue

Extract from Out of the Blue By Simon Armitage

Out of the Blue contains many different techniques to make it have the effect that it has. Firstly, the rhyming scheme highlights key words in each verse to emphasise them. For example, 'Burning' and 'Turning'. Because   these two words rhyme, when you get to turning, which is the last word of the verse, you suddenly realise that someone is jumping out of the window of the building. 
As well as this rhyming scheme, there is also lots of repetition throughout the poem. This repetition is often unexpected and 'out of the blue', which suits the title of the poem. The fact that this occurs highlights how unusual and sudden 9/11, which is what the poem is about, was. The first word of the extract draws attention to the reader, as it says 'You have picked me out'. Because Armitage uses a personal pronoun, it automatically draws the reader to the poem. Strong adjectives such as 'appalling' help to add fear to the poem. Also, the fact that there is a sense of normality in the poem such a 'pegging out washing' again shows that this is unusual and unexpected and just an ordinary person doing there daily routine might come across such an horrific event. 
The last verse is made to be an emotional one and using end stopping helps to highlight this. It draws attention to the reader and makes them realise that this person in the poem is about to reach the end of his life. On the last line, there is the only caesura in the whole of that verse and this is very strong, as 'Do you see me, my love' just adds to the level of distress of the whole poem. 



  1. Good. Try to be really explicit about effects of phrases. Rather than the generalised "it draws the reader in" - explain - The use of the personal pronoun addresses the reader directly and makes us feel as though we are watching the event going on. We have "picked" him out. This would have been especially poignant to an audience with vivid memories of watching the television coverage of the event.

  2. This was poor, it was a superficial analysis to the poem. It lacked real detail and key symbolic and representational meanings/messages.