Literature Form One
Poem Sad I Ams
The entire poem consists of metaphors where the persona thinks he is in common with unwanted and useless things such as:
i. the ring from the empty can
ii. a toothless stapler
iii. dried up liquid paper
There are clearly a number of vivid images that the poet portrayed in our minds throughout the poem:
i. the scrapings from an unwanted porridge pan
ii. the severed arm of last year’s Action Man
iii. the chromium trim from which the shine has gone
iv. a tyre on which the tread is worn
i. The phrase “ I am” is repeated at the beginning of every stanza to emphasize the feelings of the poet. This is significant as each object has a life of its own and is loudly asserting its existence.
ii. The word “no one” is repeated in lines 5,7 and 9 in stanza four.
i. the carburetor choked itself by bits of dirt
ii. the toothless stapler
i. scrapings from an unwashed porridge pan - symbolic of something left behind and utterly useless.
ii. the Sellotape where you can’t find the end - symbolic of the feelings of frustration.
i. the battery in which no charge is left - It is ironic that a battery which is supposed to give life to the engine is without 'charge' or power.
ii. a library book that no one ever reads - It is ironic as book is meant to be read.
- Pun (a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings.
the sparkling plug...no sign of spark - a play on the word 'spark'.
i. unwashed porridge pan
ii. an empty Cola can
ii. the gum is gone
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