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					    A BROWN PAPER CARRIERBAG -
          CRITICAL ESSAY

Your task is to write a critical essay of Roger
McGough's poem “A Brown Paper Carrierbag”
showing how the poet makes an horrific act of
violence seem very realistic.
     Paragraph 1: The Introduction

• What THREE things do you need to mention in
  your introduction?
• Say what the poem is about.
• Also, do you need to mention where the poem
  could be set (country and place — location) or
  should you make comment about the fact that
  it could be any of a dozen countries in the
  world today
       Paragraph 2: Stanza (verse)1

• In this paragraph say what is happening and talk about
  the imagery (metaphors) of the poem.
• This means the way that the poet has used the
  metaphors of the spider's web and the lethal stars to
  describe what happens. The first one has been started
  for you already: In stanza one the poet has used the
  words "a spider's web" to describe the way that the
  glass has cracked. This is a good comparison because
• You should now talk about the repeated `s' sounds in
  this stanza. This is called alliteration. Say what you
  think the `s' sound is describing.
           Paragraph 3: Stanza 2

• Here you should talk about the other metaphor
  that the poet uses.
• ”Jigsaw” – what does this imply (child’s toy)
• Comment on the words "tucking in", and why
  Roger McGough has left a gap in this verse. Say
  how these words are ambiguous (they mean
  more than one thing).
• You could also mention the words "shrapnel",
  "hunger" and "sated" and what you think these
  words mean.
          Paragraph 4: verse 3

• In this part of the essay say what has
  happened. You could talk about the poet's
  words (word choice) and why everything has
  slowed down for him (almost freeze framed).
 Paragraph 5: Harmless (Innocuous)
 words that make a harmful poem. –
• Here, pick out some of the harmless words,
  such as "web". (See how many you can find).
• Say how these things that the words describe
  can't hurt you but the poet has used these
  words to create harmful and horrific pictures
  in your head. The first sentence has been
  started for you. In the poem, the poet has
  used many words that have pleasant
  associations. These are words like………….
       Paragraph 6: The conclusion

• Finally, say what you thought about the poem and
  whether it was effective. In other words did the poets
  word choice make the scene come to life and what do
  you think that the poet feels about this act of
  terrorism. You should also mention why the poet has
  placed bold, capital (upper case) words (part of the
  title) around the stanzas. Also, what you feel was the
  best part of the poem and why.
• Remember that the bold headings tell us something
  about the "time it takes" and they frame the verses like
  a snapshot (photograph).

				
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