Explore how Marrysong (by Dennis Scott) powerfully conveys feelings about relationships.

  1. Introduce the poem in relation to the essay question.

E.g. In Marrysong, the poet Dennis Scott powerfully conveys to the reader a message about his relationship with his wife, a woman so complicated and changeable that he has to persevere hard in order to “learn” her, something that inevitably he can never do, because she is so complex in her moods.

 2. Explore the first point in relation to Form. Remember PEE.

E.g. The form of Marrysong is free verse, quite a suitably unstructured form given the nature of the poem, being a man’s vocalization of the confusion he experiences in trying to understand his wife. The poem is comprised of seventeen lines with no particular rhyme scheme. One noticeable feature of the poem’s appearance, however, is the enjambment which acts to ………………………………….

Furthermore, the structure of the poem and the order that the poet explores points is effective in ………………………………………..

 3.      Explore the second point in relation to Language. Remember PEE.

E.g. In the poem, the poet uses specific poetic techniques in order to explore his central ideas. Throughout the poem is the central metaphor as the poet compares his wife’s character to geography, to a wild land that he cannot succeed to chart.

4.       Explore the third point in relation to Imagery. Remember PEE.

E.g. To explore the imagery further, the central metaphor is provocative in its impact. The notion of the “shifting seasons”……………………………………………………………………………

The metaphor of “quarried hurt”……………………………………………………………………………….

The idea of “stones in her voice” ……………………………………………………………………………..

And perhaps strongest, the “jaunty, helpless journey” reinforces ………………………………

5.      Explore the forth point in relation to Rhythm and Rhyme. Remember PEE.

E.g. To explore rhythm, the enjambment affects the way the poem is read aloud and echoes the jaunty nature that the poet expresses when describing  his wife, thus mirroring the poem’s meaning by ………………………………………………………………..

It is notable that the poem does not have a strict rhyme scheme, the poet instead choosing carefully positioned rhyming to express his meaning further. For example ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

6.   Explore the fifth point in relation to Tone. Remember PEE.

E.g. The tone of the poem is complex, as is fitting for the nature if a poem that seeks to express feelings for a woman who is by nature so changeable. To begin ……………………

The lines ……………………… express a tone of ……………………………………………………. Then the tone becomes ……………………………… with the line ………………………………………………………..

 7. Refer back to the question, concluding your reasons for finding these characters memorable,. Finish with a strong argument which reiterates your previous ideas.

E.g. In conclusion,

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