In the Snack-bar

1

What encounter, as in experience, does the poet tell us about in the poem?

2

What is the effect of the poem being written in free verse using the present tense?

3

What is alliteration?

4

Which of these is a good example of alliteration?

5

Which of these is a good example of a simile used to present a repulsive picture of the poor blind man?

6

Why does the poet use dashes when he repeats the blind man’s requested statement ‘I want- to go to the- toilet’?

7

Which word is used repeatedly to emphasise how long it seemed to take for the poet and the blind man to go to the toilet and back?

8

Which two words juxtaposed highlight a contrast between the old man and the toilet?

9

Which of these words is an example of personification in the poem which gives the bus human qualities and emotions as it picks up the blind man to take him home?

10

Why does the poet end the poem with the words ’Dear Christ, to be born for this!’?