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Title: Assisi - notes


1
Assisi - notes
  • National 5 English
  • Mrs Woods

2
Poem Structure
  • Verse 1 The dwarf
  • Verse 2 The priest
  • Verse 3 The tourists and back to the dwarf.
  • The poem begins and ends with the dwarf.
  • This is an example of an effective conclusion
    when an article goes full circle.

3
Background
  • On a holiday to Assisi the poet Norman MacCaig
    goes on a guided tour of the church dedicated to
    St Francis of Assisi.
  • On that tour he is struck by the contrast between
    the beauty of the church building and the
    miserable situation of a dwarf who is begging
    from the tourists.

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Three tiers of churches
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Three tiers of churches
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The basilica of St Francis
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An example of a frescoe (wall painting)
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The poems main point
  • MacCaig wonders why the priest is looking after
    the needs of the tourists and is ignoring the
    needs of the dwarf.
  • He realises that the spirit of St Francis is not
    found inside the church, or in the priest but in
    the inner beauty of the dwarf.

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Themes
  • Hypocrisy
  • Religion
  • Mans inner nature
  • Inward nature versus outward appearance

11
Verse 1 the dwarf
The dwarf with his hands on backwards Sat,
slumped like a half filled sack On tiny twisted
legs from which sawdust might run
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Sat slumped like half filled sack
  • Alliteration of the letter s
  • Sounds like something deflating
  • Draws attention to the simile of the dwarf
    collapsed like a half filled sack
  • The idea of collapsing is extended in the
    expression from which sawdust might run.

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Verse 2 the priest
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Verse 2 The Priest
  • Explaining to tourists how the artist Giotto told
    the story of the goodness of God through frescoes
  • I understood the explanation and the cleverness

15
cleverness
  • Giotto was clever in the way he designed the
    frescoes
  • The priest was clever in his commercialisation of
    the church

16
An extended metaphor
  • MacCaig uses the image of hens
  • a rush of tourists clucking contentedly
    (alliteration of letter c helps you to hear the
    noise they make)
  • Fluttered suggests they are lightweight, not
    thinking much
  • scattered the grain of the word the grain is
    now for the tourist, not the poor as St Francis
    would have wanted

17
The tourists
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Back to the dwarf
  • Outwardly revolting
  • ruined temple
  • eyes wept pus
  • back higher than his head
  • lopside mouth

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The dwarf
  • But inwardly beautiful
  • Grazie in a voice as sweet as a childs when she
    speaks to her mother or a birds when it spoke to
    St Francis
  • The spirit of St Francis does not lie in the
    church building, or in the priest, but in the
    dwarf.

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St Francis
Grazie in a voice as sweet as a childs when she
speaks to her mother or a birds when it spoke to
St Francis
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