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'You will be hearing from us shortly' analysis

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Use the clips 'You will be hearing from us shortly' by U.A.Fanthorpe and 'You will be hearing from us shortly' - commentary to help you.

Question 1 Look at the first question asked by the interviewer. What do you think the interviewer is suggesting?
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Question 2 Can you find examples elsewhere in the poem of a similar technique – saying one thing and implying another? For each example, say what you think is really being suggested.
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Question 3 Look at the difference in length between the questions and the response to the candidate’s answers. What is the impact of this?
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Question 4 Throughout the poem, Fanthorpe makes it clear that the interviewer has certain prejudices. For example, they seem to look down on the candidate’s accent, suggesting they’d rather find someone who spoke with Received Pronunciation, perhaps. What other examples of prejudice can you find in the poem?
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Question 5 How would you describe the interviewer’s tone? Find examples to support your ideas.
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Question 6 In lines 1 and 2 of Stanza 3, the interviewer suggests that ‘perhaps’ the candidate feels ‘able to comment’ about their age. What is the effect of the poet’s choice of words here?
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Question 7 What does the interviewer mean when he/she describes the candidate’s looks as a ‘delicate matter’?
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Question 8 In Stanza 5, what mistake does the interviewer make? What is the effect and what is there to suggest it was deliberate?
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Question 9 In the penultimate stanza, to what extent is the interview more explicit about the interviewer’s disapproval?
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Question 10 How could the use of punctuation and line breaks be said to be humorous in the last 3 lines?
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