Language and style

Looking at the language and the style of the poem “A Case of Murder” by Vernon Scannell will give you a better understanding of the poem’s meanings, lyrical qualities and the poet’s intention.

Playing with the language

The poem is very narrative in the account, yet the poet manages to create language playfulness by using the perspective of a child. Consequently, the poet plays with language through similes and metaphors which depict the cat from the boy’s perspective like a “buzzing machine” (l. 1...

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