Saturday, 26 April 2014


Read the following poem carefully and and answer the questions which follow it.
Growing pains
My child-eyes cried for chocolate treats
And sticky sweets
'Twill rot yu' teet'!
Tinkly silver wrapper hides
How can a child-eye see?
This child-heart cried for mid-teen love
10A blow, a shove
Study yuh' book!
Leather jacket
Football boots
Are not the most sought-after truths
15How can a child-heart know?
So watch the young-girl-heart take wing!
Watch her groove
And watch her swing
She's old enough
20She's strong and tough
She'll see beneath the silver wrapper
Beneath the flashy football boots
She'll find the great sought-after truth
That child-eye tears are not as sad
25And child-heart pain is not as bad
As grown-up tears and grown-up pain
Oh Christ, what do we have to gain
From growing up
For throwing up
Our childlike ways
For dim
Grown-up days.

(a)(i)Who is likely to have said the following lines:
'Twill rot yu' teet'! (line 3) and Study yu' book! (line 11) (ii)What effect is the writer trying to create by using them?                                                                                                        (3 marks) 
(b) In what ways is the content of the first two stanzas (lines 1 - 15) similar?
                                                                                                                          (3 marks)
(c) Why does the poet refer to leather jacket (line 12) and ;football boots (line 13)?   (2 marks) 
(d) Comment on the poet's choice of the following words:
(i)Tinkly (line 4)(ii)dim (line 31)                                                                                                         (2 marks) 
(e) What do the following lines,
She'll see beneath the silver wrapper
Beneath the flashy football boots ... (lines 21 - 22) tell us about the young girl?
(2 marks) 
(f)What is suggested by the poet in the last seven lines (lines 27 - 33) of the poem? (2 marks) 
Total 14 marks


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