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NEWS

BREAK
Max
Fatchen

Authors Background
Name

: Max Fatchen
Born : Australia (1920
2012)
Job : Journalist

Authors Background
Achievements:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Member of the Order of Australia,1980


Advance Australia Award ,1991
Walkley Award,1996
SA Great Award,1999
Centenary of Federation Medal,2003

Voice
1.

2.
3.

Persona : A mother.
Tone : Bewildered
Irony : In general, a
mother should happy
when her child behave.
However, in this poem
bewildered by it.

SETTING
At

home.

Language structure
1.

Repetition

2.

Now why..and why


Your face.your clothes.

Question mark

Repeated 7 times in the poem


Indicate the degree and continuity of the
mother bewilderment.

Imagery
The

sudden kiss
Clean face
Struck by lightning
Loving and darling child
Doing some little jobs
Neat clothes
Save luncheon money
No shouting
No childish behaviour

Atmosphere/mood
Bewildered

mood

Figures of speech
Metaphor
Today,

you are lamb, love,


Where yesterday a rebel
But surely youre some
strange

Sound
1.

Rhythm

2.

Alliteration

3.

Now why, and why?


No dropping.., no shrieking.
Now were you., or were you.

Your clothes without a crease


Will wonders never cease?
Come closer, let me look,

Rhyme (end rhyme)

Kiss-this
Crease-cease
Treble-rebel

Language & style


Free

verse
No regular rhythm
No rhyme with fixed forms.

Moral values
Be

ready to face consequences.


Be true to yourself.
Recognise teenage behaviour.
Practice two-way communication.
Do things sincerely.
Be good to parents.
Be diligent to manage personal hygiene.
Admit your weaknesses boldly.

Themes
1.

Parents responsibility

2.

Creativity has no boundaries

3.

Parents play the role of boundaries


setters.
Parents should always provide support
and guidance to their child.

Honesty

Speak from your heart and tell the truth.