Our Literature teacher told us to answer some things in our blog that are posted in hers.
1.The poem is about a girl whose mother had died and that was new in a school. She had died her hair blue and the new school had sent her back home because of this so her and her father try to fight against the school conformity and lack of understanding. The school said that dying her hair blue was forbidden because it was “not done in the school colors” so at the end one a black friend dyes her hair grey, white and yellow, the school colors. The school could do nothing, it was done in the school colors, right?
2.Intention of Adcock (the writer): The intention of the writer seems to be for schools and people to understand teenagers. Nowadays many teens feel that nobody understands them, that they do not belong to the society because the society does not accept them for who they are and neither do schools. This is something that, thanks to the poem, I realized we need to change, we need to accept people for who they are and not because who we want them to be and this is what the writer wants us to think when we read the poem.
3/4.The poem makes us feel as if we are reading a story because the writer uses a technique based on punctuation that makes us keep o reading and this is something we usually find in stories. In most of the stanzas there is not a finished idea. If we start reading it we cannot stop because to finish the whole idea we need to keep on reading until the end. This is very important for the poem because it is not the same if we finish a concept in a paragraph or if we do not finish it until the poem ends. Each stanza is like a chapter of a book that always ends in a way that makes you keep on reading until the end.
5.The headmistress and the teachers sound ridiculous because Adcock uses irony to describe their speech. For example when he says: “You wiped your eyes, also not in the schools colors”. This makes what they say sound nonsense and ridiculous because they do not let students dye their hair because they do not accept their styles, not because it is “not done in the school colors”, they think that for going to school everybody needs to look the same and does not let them choose, they obligate them.
8.The tone of the poet is sad (blue, grief), gloomy. She looks upset of what the society is nowadays. The poem reflects unfairness, discrimination, conformity, rebellion and lack of understanding. At the end the feelings change it is more based on empathy, friendship and solidarity because of the black friend that supported her.
9. We can see what the writer feels about schools and conformity by the symbolism, sound devices and imagery he uses. At the beginning of the poem he explains that Heidi wanted to dye her hair but not of any color, of blue. This color represents sadness, sorrow and grief. This is a way of expressing and representing what Heidi felt and also probably what also Adcock felt too. Also when talking about the friend at the end we can notice that she is described as a black girl and black represents sadness and death.
10. The rebellion in the poem made us find it vulnerable because of the main reason Heidi had for rebelling, her mother’s death. Also I think that this is because when talking about society, schools, conformity and lack of understanding I share my views with the poet and most of us do as we know how being teenagers is and probably we have been in a situation in which we feel like Heidi does in the poem.
11. The poem says that “The battle was already won” because as I have mentioned before there was a fight in which the school fought against Heidi and her father and at the end the last two win and a black friend from Heidi forms part of the team as she also dyes her hair. The battle was based on the difference of opinion between the school (who doesn’t accept Heidi’s hair) and Heidi, her father and the black friend had (understand Heidi’s behavior).