Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster, Paperback

Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster Paperback

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Pomona
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781904590293



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 I think this is going to take a little time to sink in. I've read 2 of Simon Armitage's translations of poems from old English, and have adored both of them. This is the first time I've tried his own compositions. The subject matter is dark, it is based on the murder of Sophie Lancaster. in this a couple were set upon and as she tried to shield his beaten body, so they beat her and she subsequently died. This sequence of poems are told in the first person, from her point of view. The headlines tend to depersonalise the effect, you see the crime but not the person it happened to, and this aims to give her a voice again, to make it have happened to an individual, with a history, a family and a future ahead of her. It works.The poetry has a lot in common with the alliterative style that Armitage has carried over in his translations. It is about more than just rhyme, there's rhythm and structure to the lines and the work as a whole that is not at all dull or repetitive. And the use of everyday language and turn of phrase makes it grab the attention. At only 30 pages it is very short, but it packs a punch and leaves an impression bigger than its size.

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