Tam O' Shanter

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Tam O’ Shanter Choose a poem in which there is a noticeable change of mood one or more times in the poem. Show how the poet conveys the change of mood & discuss the importance of change to the central idea of the poem. Robbie Burn’s poem, “Tam O’ Shanter”, is about a man who spends too long at the pub, even after his wife’s complaints, and on eventually heading home, Tam is taught a lesson that should not be forgotten. This poem centres around several moods, from humorous, to jolly, ominous, sinister and eventually back to humorous. By using these moods, Burns allows the reader to appreciate the central morals of the text; to not drink till you’re delusional, to be faithful to your wife, and your god. Near the start of this poem, Burns creates a humorous mood by using Tam’s wife, Kate, to show her view on her husband’s behaviour: “She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum, A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum;” Burns’ use of alliteration and sound makes Kate’s rant humorous, as it imitates the noise Tam would be making as he returns home after a late night at the bothy. Kate then lists offences at Tam, showing her extreme dislike of his late night drinking: “That ilka melder wi’ the Miller, Thou sat as lang as thou had siller; That ev’ry naig was ca’d a shoe on The Smith and thee gat roarin fou on;” By using repetition of the “th” sound at the start of each line, Burns emphasises Kate’s distress at Tam, and helps to drive home the list of Tam’s wrong doings. The humorous tone created allows us to distinctly recognize how much Kate is against Tam’s drinking, and how she tries her very hardest to prevent him from going out again, or atleast from drinking so much. The mood changes from a humorous to a jolly one, with Tam at the pub, drinking happily with his friends: “And at his elbow, Souter Johnie, His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony:
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