And one day he asked me and another kid to go outside and not come back into the school until we'd measured the size of the human voice without any equipment. in the roof of his mouth, in Western Australia. ( Log Out /  want to take part in the Poetry By Heart competition or use the Teaching Zone resources, you'll In this particular poem, the literal meaning of the poem really is a large proportion of its overall meaning. The Shout Analysis The poem The Shout kept me engaged and left me with a huge impact at the pit of my stomach. I don’t know about you but this gives me goose bumps I can feel the loneliness that this boy must have felt in school.

Here, the speaker of the poem is remembering a school exercise that involved him and another boy who had to walk further away and keep shouting, until he was out of earshot. One of the most popular and most read of modern poets, Simon Armitage was born in Huddersfield and studied Geography and Psychology at Porstmouth University. Poetry By Heart is a national competition in which young people in key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 choose poems they love, learn them by heart and perform them in a school or college competition.

And he used to give us these little missions - they weren't experiments they were more like missions. Also the statements, “into the school yard together, me and the boy whose name and face I don’t remember,” and he, “left town and went on to be twenty years dead with a gunshot hole in the roof of his mouth, in Western Australia” are chilling and help convey a sad and depressing feeling of how meaningless this person is to the poet, as he can’t even remember his face. Many people have interpreted this poem differently, I felt that it was about regret and about the poet saying to himself, God if only I got to know or showed that I cared about that boy maybe he would still be alive. This is how the person in the poem and I are different. Boy with the name and face I don’t remember, Change ). Meaning of the Poem The Shout takes a memory from the Armitage’s schooldays and then turns on a tragedy or incident which brings the earlier memory into clearer focus. Registration takes a minute or two. "The Shout" is a salute-poem. And one day he asked me and another kid to go outside and not come back into the school until we'd measured the size of the human voice without any equipment. Reaching back into his childhood, Armitage’s free verse poem tells in deceptively simple language a simple story involving two characters. So we devised this little experiment - we decided that we would keep moving further and further apart and shouting at each other until we couldn't hear each other any longer and that would be the size of the human voice. Out of bounds, Curated collections of poems and learning resources.

Many people have interpreted this poem differently, I felt that it was about regret and about the poet saying to himself, God if only I got to know or showed that I cared about that boy maybe he would still be alive.

Notice, for example, how the word “arm” links to other similar sounding words, such as the full rhyme “farm”, the half-rhyme “town” and through assonance with “yard” and “park”. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. from beyond the look-out post of Fretwell’s Farm – 1093858. Copyright © 2020 All rights reserved. into the school yard together, me and the boy I had to raise an arm Not quite an elegy or a eulogy, but it is a salute; I like that self-similarity across scale in that! Our catalogue store includes many more recordings which you can download to your device. of interacting with those are freely available, the resources in the Learning Zone, and lots of We were testing the range

I had to raise an arm A charismatic performer of his poetry with a dry dead-pan delivery, recently Armitage has won widespread acclaim for his re-telling of the medieval poem, ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ which you can also find in the Poetry By Heart anthology. from across the divide to signal back What makes this a poem and not a piece of prose? Sent by a science teacher to measure the size of the human voice, two boys conduct an experiment in which one shouts and moves away from the other boy who records whether he can still hear the voice. ( Log Out /  competition and we will not give it to anyone else without your express permission. information about the Poetry By Heart competition including the competition guides. Learning design by The Full English

Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This is because we need to know who you are and how we can talk to you, and And he used to give us these little missions - they weren't experiments they were more like missions. The poet seems to feel regretful for not getting to know the boy, it is almost like he is looking back to see if maybe he could have done something as a kid, to have stopped him from becoming so sad and lonely in the years he lost touch with him. with a gunshot hole Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. So we devised this little experiment - we decided that we would keep moving further and further apart and shouting at each other until we couldn't hear each other any longer and that would be the size of the human voice. The metaphor, “boy with the name and face I don’t remember, you can stop shouting now, I can still hear you,” leaves me with powerful emotions of regret and sadness. You can use most of our website without any need to register. I had to raise an arm from across the divide to signal back that the sound had carried.

Therefore causing him to reflect and recall, the little amount of time … After university, Armitage became a probation officer and his early poetry was often inspired by his experiences in the probation service.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This instantly put me in the shoes of the narrator, conveying the emotions of how he felt about the boy. The free tracks you can enjoy in the Poetry Archive are a selection of a poet’s work. He called from over the park – I lifted an arm. He left town, went on to be twenty years dead As I recently lost something very special to me I keep thinking to myself maybe if I did something earlier he may still alive but I know that there was nothing I could that helps my conscience rest. We went out he had to shout for all he was worth.

We went out into the school yard together, me and the boy whose name and face. Copyright © 2020 All Rights Reserved. When Simon Armitage writes, “he had to shout all he was worth,” The metaphor conveys how lost the boy that Armitage is reflecting on feels, as the poet feels one shout was all he thought his life was worth.

We only collect the information we need to run the He called from over the park – I lifted an arm. he yelled from the end of the road. that the sound had carried. The, “boy whose name and face I don’t remember,” kills himself and the poet reflects in first person on this news. At the junior school I went to we had a very excitable science teacher and no equipment which was a bit of a bewildering combination.

We were testing the range of the human voice: he had to shout for all he was worth. This feeling of losing something and thinking that maybe if you did something earlier you could have saved it is how I personally relate to the poem.

The first few times I read the poem, I thought that the boy had died in a war, which lends the poem a political/humanist slant, but I think that it can be more accurately read as a suicide. The poem has been written in the first person allowing the reader to develop an emotional connection with the narrator. I lifted an arm. he yelled from the end of the road.

Registered No. ''The Child'' is a powerful poem by South African poet Ingrid Jonker. you can stop shouting now, I can still hear you. We were testing the range I don’t remember.

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Armitage won an Ivor Novello Award for his song-lyrics for the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA award. Therefore causing him to reflect and recall, the little amount of time he spent with him, in search of answers to what made this person end their own life. Boy with the name and face I don’t remember, The main power of this poem, though, comes from the shocking detail of what happened to this otherwise seemingly ordinary, anonymous boy. Sent by a science teacher to measure the size of the human voice, two boys conduct an experiment in which one shouts and moves away from the other boy who records whether he can still hear the voice. The Shout Analysis. The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. He called from over the park – I lifted an arm. End-rhyme and metre are conventions of traditional poetic forms.

Armitage imagines his shout travelling not only over space, but over the gulf of time so that the adult poet can still hear and be haunted by it. into the school yard together, me and the boy that the sound had carried. from The Universal Home Doctor (Faber & Faber, 2004), copyright © Simon Armitage 2004, used by permission of the author and the publishers. Suicide is often the final act of …

It also conveys to us that man’s existence is immaterial and inferior in,Thus, the wall is symbolized as threatening and is a more permanent barrier than the door because now the narrator is completely cut off. For the 2020/21 competition and teaching zone, Image © He is a successful novelist and playwright, musician, a television presenter and a broadcaster. whose name and face, I don’t remember. Listen to a recording of this poem or poet. of the human voice: Unfortunately the village we lived in wasn't that big and there came this point when this other kid just fell off the edge into Lancashire or some dark place and it's at that moment when the science breaks down that I try and get poetry to rush in and fill the gap. Unfortunately the village we lived in ... At the junior school I went to we had a very excitable science teacher and no equipment which was a bit of a bewildering combination. | from the foot of the hill, need to register. I lifted an arm. The poem The Shout kept me engaged and left me with a huge impact at the pit of my stomach. in the roof of his mouth, in Western Australia. But Armitage tends to displace end rhymes, using them internally to create links, echoes and rhythm. He left town, went on to be twenty years dead where to send your competition resource pack if you are eligible to take part in the competition. Branding and website by Howoco He doesn’t use fancy or elevated poetic language and tends to write in free verse.