Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

Poet’s use of language

  • The title merges into the opening line of the poem
  • Onomatopoeia is used to describe the fish falling back into the water
  • Repetition of sounds
  • River described in terms of food
  • Weapon imagery used throughout
  • Metaphor of the water as it unravels
  • Suggestion of power in the final line