The Flat-Warming Poem Analysis

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Michael Laskey’s poem ‘The Flat-warming’ is used to explore the consequences that occur as a result of ignoring a problem by excusing it as being nothing to worry about as well as refusing to seek help when it is required. The direct issue that is mentioned in the poem is the bleeding foot that “wouldn't, couldn’t, didn't clot”. The partial rhyme of these words as well as their positioning at the end of the poem, is used as a way of implying that the results of the subjects voluntary ignorance towards their health had a negative result through the use of the negative contractions that each word possesses. Despite the fact that the blood from the cut had been “spreading, pooling on the dark blue vinyl for some time” the speaker comments that the subject of the poem saw it…show more content…
The excuses are portrayed in such a way that demonstrates that the subject is merely trying to convince herself of reasons as to why she should let the bleeding stop by itself instead of calling for help. The continuation of dissonance throughout the poem enforces the warning of what occurs if we ignore our problems and choose to not ask and accept help. This is conveyed through the harshness of the words which have the effect of catching the readers attention.

The narrative adaptation of Michael Laskey’s poem ‘The Flat-warming’ explores the consequences that occur when a person refuses to accept help and denies any need for it in order to maintain a sense of pride and independence. The first three paragraphs explore different moments in which Hannah, the subject of ‘The Flat-warming’ adaptation, is experiencing problems such as head-spins, nausea and blurry vision which cause her to zone out of conversations and, in the fourth paragraph, drop a mug which results in cutting her hand, this goes unnoticed until she visibly becomes aware of the vast
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