'Guys' - Pugh

Heloise Tudor
Mind Map by Heloise Tudor, updated more than 1 year ago
Heloise Tudor
Created by Heloise Tudor over 5 years ago
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Description

A mindmap analysing Sheenagh Pugh's poem 'Guys'. Start to finish of poem moves clockwise around the title. Each node has a quote, a technique and an annotation with the analysis/meaning. Part of the WJEC AS-level English Literature syllabus.

Resource summary

'Guys' - Pugh
1 1st Stanza
1.1 "littered". Tech: Metaphor.

Annotations:

  • The men are wate & rubbish, they are of no value.
1.2 "old". Tech: Adjective.

Annotations:

  • The men are elderly. This connotes vulnerability and makes the reader feel sympathy.
1.3 "ownerless". Tech: Adjective.

Annotations:

  • The literal meaning is that there's no one to look after them.
  • But there's a link to "masters" later in the poem, both these terms are from the semantic field of control. this suggests these men have no authority.
2 2nd Stanza
2.1 "resentfully these rivals canvassing for pity". Tech: 'resentfully' adverb and alliteration.

Annotations:

  • The children feel the beggars don't deserve money. The homeless men are cheating the children out of money that would've been spent on them.
  • Alliteration of the 'r' sound in "resentfully" and "rivals". This sound conveys aggrivation and annoyance. The children are irritated by the beggars.
2.2 "expire". Tech: Verb.

Annotations:

  • The literal meaning is the men are reaching the end of their lives.
  • But it implies they can 'go off'. The men are out-of-date. This objectifies and dehumanises them. They're viewed as unimportant as gone off food.
2.3 "tobacco, loneliness and spilled meths". Tech: List.

Annotations:

  • The men are probably using drugs to escape their lives and their emotions.
  • The layout of the quote is significant too. The core of their problems "loneliness", is encased/surrounded by their addiction.
3 3rd Stanza
3.1 "straw and sacking". Tech: Nouns.

Annotations:

  • The models of Guy Fawkes are weak and artifical - they're not real.
3.2 "merry death". Tech: Oxymoron.

Annotations:

  • The words "merry" and "death" contrast, as dying isn't normally seen as something positive and jolly.
  • People burn Guy Fawkes for fun; the quotes refers to bonfire night celebrations.
3.3 "finally fall". Tech: structure.

Annotations:

  • "fall" is at the end of a line. This empathsises the finality of death and also creates the image of something descending.
  • "finally" shows the watchers anticpation, eagerness and impatience for the model of Guy Fawkes to burn.
3.4 "clap their hands". Tech: Verb.

Annotations:

  • Shows the children's enjoyment and merriment.
3.5 "old man burn". Tech: Ambiguous.

Annotations:

  • Literal meaning is the straw Guy Fawkes on the bonfire. But the implied meaning is watching the elderly homeless men die.
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