Mudlarks of Glastonbury

Mudlarks of Glastonbury • In Victorian times mudlarks were children who prowled the mudflats of the Thames at low tide to retrieve items of value. There is an idea of finding treasure in squalor that could maybe be applied to Glastonbury 2005 which was a mud bath but which people took pleasure in. The Mudlarks were also a 1950’s group, but |I don’t know if there’s any relevance in that.
• The pictures tell the story as much as the words do, and take up a proportional amount of space.
• This is a piece very much in the first person – like Elizabeth Day’s
• The subhead refers to Julius Caesar “Veni, vedi, vici”; “I came, I saw, I conquered”. TASK: What do we call this technique of using a group of 3?
• Paragraph 1 uses a series of verbs which bring a sense of drama to the events. TASK: Identify and list them.
There is a short sentence “Then came the deluge” sandwiched between the longer sentences on either side. TASK: What is the effect of this?
• Paragraph 2 contains some grammatical “errors” . TASK: Identify and analyse the effects of these deliberate mistakes.
• Paragraph 3 describes events at the Avalon stage. TASK: What does the name of the stage tell us about the type of act playing there? What other word in the paragraph reinforces this? What do you think Liddle’s attitude to these people is? What is your evidence?
• Paragraph 4 suggests that the mud is on a grand scale. TASK: How does Liddle use language to suggest the extent of the mud? Comment on the effectiveness of the words “Such as Devon”.
• Paraagraph 5 uses the phrases “immense, sultry and beatific” and “filthy, wet and miserable”. TASK: Comment on these phrases.
• Paragraph 6 shows Liddle laughing at both himself and the situation. The festival is depicted as being very PC (politically correct). TASK: In what ways is the festival shown to be PC? Comment on the significance of “botuloburger”. Google “trustafarian” – go to Urban Dictionary – and provide a definition.
• Paragraph 8 sees the article turn; it becomes less an extended anecdote and more an exploration of the changing ethos and philosophy of Glastonbury. TASK: What evidence does he cite of this change?
• Paragraph 9 – TASK: Why does he say people used to go to Glastonbury?
• Paragraph 10 – TASK: What does he say Glastonbury has become?
• Paragraph 11 points out contrasts in the appearance of different kinds of festival goer. TASK: What are they and what do they suggest about the direction in which the festival is headed? What simile does he use to suggest that Glastonbury has gone upmarket?
• Paragraph 12 has an oxymoronic opening sentence. TASK: Explain what is meant by oxymoronic and quote the words which give this effect.
• Paragraph 13 suggests that Liddle finds the behaviour of the other journalists hypocritical. TASK: Identify and quote the evidence which supports this assertion.
• Paragraph 14 is one sentence. TASK: What do you think is the tone of this sentence?

All together now
• This is the title of a song by The Farm.
• It’s from a website
• Note the date – BEFORE the rained upon festival and no mention of mud! It could be about any festival. TASK: What word in the subhead shows that Glastonbury 2005 hadn’t happened when this piece was written?
• Paragraph 1 uses alliteration. TASK: Identify and analyse the effect of alliteration in this paragraph. How does Hodgkinson’s use of the pronoun “we” affect the piece? Find an example of tripartite construction. Find a phrase which contrast what “we” are but don’t want to be with what “we” want to be but are not. Comment on the emotive element of this phrase.
• Paragraph 2 suggests that there is something magical about Glastonbury after midnight. TASK: What phrase suggests this? Identify the tripartite construction used in this paragraph.
• Paragraph 3 uses balanced and contrasting phrases. TASK: Identify and comment on these.
“Stop and stare” is alliterative and may be connected with the poem “Leisure” by W. H.Davies; though in this poem the words are “stand and stare”, the idea expressed is very similar. TASK: Google it and see what you think.
• Paragraph 4 contains more alliteration. TASK: Find it.
• Paragraph 5 ends in a short, abrupt sentence. TASK: What is the effect of this?
• This article is more a theory of festivals than a review of an actual festival. This author has idealised festivals, which is ironic considering how far from ideal Glastonbury 2005 was! TASK: Find evidence of this idealisation in paragraph 6.

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