Free verse means blank verse is used
Free verse means there is no rhyme or regular rhythm
Free verse follows the rhythm of natural speech
Free verse allows the poet to publish his poetry at no cost.
Free verse in this poem reflects the freedom of the "rough boys".
The middle class did not do manual work.
The middle class owned shops and little factories.
The middle class sent their children to private school and never to public schools.
The middle class demanded that a person be well-dressed.
The middle class were the professional people like lawyers.
Were from the lower class. They were common.
They were not refined or gentle. They had rough and bullying ways.
They were poor and lived in slums
They wore torn clothing.
Although their parents were poor they did not neglect them.
He was more privileged than them.
He thought he was better than them.
He envied them their freedom.
He was smaller and weaker than them.
"they sprang out behind the hedges"
"they bark at our world"
" they ran... they climbed... they stripped"
"...they never smiled"
The harsh sound emphasises the cruelty of the boys
It links to the hard sound in "threw words like stones"
It is to show Spender's envy of the boy's freedom to do what they like.
It has a soft sensual sound to show the smooth, graceful movements in stripping and swimming.
Jerking its victim about
Pinning it down
Tearing at it
To tell the reader that the word "coarse" applies to the rude boys.
To tell the reader that the boys were very rude and hurtful to Spender.
To tell the reader that the bous used rude and vulgar language
Their parents were used to do manual work and the children had to help.
They spend a lot of time outdoors playing, swimming, climbing cliffs and trees.
The boys practised boxing and fighting against each other
They were used to a hard life.
"they threw mud"
"kness tight on my arms"
"who threw words like stones"
"the salt coarse pointing of those boys"