'Kissing' is probably the toughest of the poems we have done so far, so it's worth taking a bit more time to deepen our understanding of it.
The poem focuses in two halves on the relationships between young couples, and then older couples. I personally think that Adcock portrays the young as shallow and lacking in passion, kissing only because they see another couple doing so at the lake, and so feel that it is the 'done thing'. The middle aged, on the other hand, kiss out of pure, unadulterated passion, taking nobody else into consideration.
Here's a few prompts to help you formulate your ideas on the poem:
1) How does the writer create the idea that the older generation are passionate? You could focus on structure or language.
2) What is the effect of the first and last lines of each stanza? Think about how they connect.
3) Explain the effect of the use of enjambement - which quotes add to this effect?
4) What is the effect of punctuation in this poem? Pick three examples and explain.
5) How does the writer portray the younger generation, their feelings and ideas? Give quotes in your answer!
6) Is there rhyme in this poem? Explain the writer's decisions with regards to rhyme.
This is due next Friday, 29th March.
Have a splendid weekend,