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Belfast Confetti. Suggests it happens immediately and unexpectedly. Metaphor – nuts and bolts look like punctuation marks. Metal shrapnel. Suddenly as the riot squad moved in, it was raining exclamation marks, Nuts, bolts, nails, car-keys . A fount of broken type . And the explosion.

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Suggests it happens immediately and unexpectedly

Metaphor – nuts and bolts look like punctuation marks

Metal shrapnel

Suddenly as the riot squad moved in, it was raining

exclamation marks,

Nuts, bolts, nails, car-keys. A fount of broken type. And the

explosion.

Itself - an asterisk on the map. This hyphenated line, a burst

of rapid fire…

I was trying to complete a sentence in my head but it kept

stuttering,

All the alleyways and side streets blocked with stops and

colons.

Metaphor – cries of fear and pain

The explosion

Ellipsis suggests it goes on and on

The explosion has stopped him thinking straight?

He can’t escape


Crimean commander

Caesura emphasises that his way is blocked

Crimean battles

I know this labyrinth so well - Balaclava, Raglan, Inkerman,

Odessa Street -

Why can’t I escape? Every move is punctuated. Crimea

Street. Dead end again.

A Saracen, Kremlin-2 mesh. Makrolon face-shields. Walkie

-talkies. What is

My name? Where am I coming from? Where am I going? A

fusillade of question-marks.

Anti-rocket mesh

To protect the face

Outburst of firing

Question marks highlight his confusion

Armoured personnel carrier


How does the poet use punctuation
How does the poet use punctuation?

  • References to punctuation in the poem?

  • This suggests that the shrapnel from the bombs looks like punctuation marks as it falls from the sky.

  • It also highlights emotions as we often use punctuation in writing to emphasise feelings; for example: exclamation marks.

  • His actual use of punctuation?

  • The questions marks show his confusion.

  • He uses a lot of punctuation to reflect how much shrapnel there is in the bomb.

  • Use of colons, full-stops and dashes in the middle of lines suggests that he cannot escape from the chaos.


Comparing the poems
Comparing the poems

  • How is the conflict in Belfast Confetti different to the conflict in “Half-Caste” and “Parade’s End”?

  • The poem shows physical conflict involving violence towards people, whereas in “Half-Caste”, the wrong against people is through their words and attitudes and in “Parades End” it is also through their attitudes and through vandalism.

  • The poem shows the damage that can be caused by terrorism, whereas the other two poems focus on prejudice.

  • Are there any similarities between the poems?

  • “Belfast Confetti” and “Parade’s End” both show hate crimes through the eyes of innocent victims.

  • All three poems suggest how conflict can make the victim feel.

  • All three poems create unusual images to help convey their ideas.


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