Drawing on concepts that you have encountered in the first five units of the module, identify creative features to be found in the following poem by Adrian Henri.

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Part 1 (1000 words)

Drawing on concepts that you have encountered in the first five units of the module, identify creative features to be found in the following poem by Adrian Henri.

Any Prince to Any Princess

1August is coming
and the goose, I’m afraid,
is getting fat.
There have been
5no golden eggs for some months now.
Straw has fallen well below market price
despite my frantic spinning
and the sedge is,
as you rightly point out,
10withered.
I can’t imagine how the pea
got under your mattress. I apologize
humbly. The chambermaid has, of course,
been sacked. As has the frog footman.
15I understand that, during my recent fact-finding tour of the
      Golden River,
despite your nightly unavailing efforts,
he remained obstinately
froggish.
20I hope that the Three Wishes granted by the General
      Assembly
will go some way towards redressing
this unfortunate recent sequence of events.
The fall in output from the shoe-factory, for example:
25no one could have foreseen the work-to-rule
by the National Union of Elves. Not to mention the fact
that the court has been fast asleep
for the last six and a half years.
The matter of the poisoned apple has been taken up
30by the Board of Trade: I think I can assure you
the incident will not be
repeated.
I can quite understand, in the circumstances,
your reluctance to let down
35your golden tresses. However
I feel I must point out
that the weather isn’t getting any better
and I already have a nasty chill
from waiting at the base
40of the White Tower. You must see
the absurdity of the
      situation.
Some of the courtiers are beginning to talk,
not to mention the humble villagers.
45It’s been three weeks now, and not even
a word.
Princess,
a cold, black wind
howls through our empty palace.
50Dead leaves litter the bedchamber;
the mirror on the wall hasn’t said a thing
since you left. I can only ask,
bearing all this in mind,
that you think again,
55let down your hair,
reconsider.

Henri, A. (1980) ‘Any Prince to Any Princess’ in From the Loveless Motel, Jonathan Cape, London. https://www.poemhunter.com/ i/ ebooks/ pdf/ adrian_henri_2012_3.pdf [Accessed 24.04.18]

Write no more than 1000 words for this part.

Part 2 (1000 words)

  • a.Taking your inspiration from Henriā€™s poem, rewrite it as either a passage from an autobiography or as a newspaper article.

Write no more than 300 words for this step.

  • b.Drawing on concepts that you have encountered in the first five units of the module, reflect on what you learned about creativity from the process of rewriting the poem.

Write no more than 700 words for this step.

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