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Literature – “For Heidi with blue hair”

In literature we were reading a poem called “For Heidi with blue hair”. Pato, our teacher showed us a presentation with some questions we had to answer. Here are my answers:

  • The poem is about a girl who dyed her hair blue. Her name was Heidi. One day she went to school with her blue hair and the school headmistress sent her back to home. She was very upset. When her father got to know this, he defended Heidi and went to talk to the school to make them comprehend Heidi’s situation, that her mother died, she moved to a new school and that she wasn’t having a good moment. One of Heidi’s friends, a black girl, went to school with her hair dyed in the school colours the next day to support Heidi. The fact that she had her hair dyed in the school colours was ironic, as the teachers couldn’t say anything to her.
  • Adcocks intentions seem to be to show the school disconformity and to make people see that we always make prejudices because Heidi did not behave like a punk, she only look like one.
  • What reflects that the poem is written in a narrative style is the dialogue that shows up in some parts of the poem. Also, it is written in third person and in second person, that also shows the narrative style.
  • Many stanzas of the poem are unfinished, that is called enjambment. This is what keeps you reading, this makes you want to finish the poem. Also, the stanzas have like an open end, that also makes you want to know what will happen.
  • Heidi’s father is shown as a very ironic person in the poem, he makes jokes about the school rules and about what they made to Heidi. For example, in one stanza he says: “You wipes your eyes, also not in a school colour”. This is an ironic comment, it makes the school rules sound ridiculous.
  • The tone of the voice is the tone in which the poem is written, it the tone the author gives when writing the poem. I can recognize the feelings and the mood of sadness, oppression and gloom. Also, empathy and irony. I can recognize the feeling and mood of sadness, oppression and gloom because at first, the poem is sad because it shows Heidi in a bad situation. It also talks about Heidi’s mother death. I can recognize the feeling of empathy because throughout the poem, the author makes us feel empathy for Heidi by describing her in a bad situation, giving her father a humorous and ironic personality and by showing the school as a cold and sad place. I can recognize irony because of Heidi’s father personality, he makes jokes about the school rules and defends Heidi.
  • It highlights the social institutions by showing the school as the main problem at the beginning of the poem, then the one who helps Heidi, which is in the middle of the poem and it is very important, is her father. He represents the family. At the end of the poem it comes the solution, which the author get to know that by saying, “The battle was already won”. At the end, one Heidi’s friends comes to school with her hair dyed in the school colours, this represents friend relationships and also shows irony, as the school couldn’t say anything to her, because it was dyed in the school colours.
  • Heidi dyed her hair blue, the colour blue represents sadness and oppression, the symbolism is used to show how Heidi felt. Adcock uses the irony and symbolism, the irony to show Heidi’s father and the symbolism, for example, when Heidi dyed her hair blue to represent sadness.
  • Because the ‘rebel’ rebelled from the school, and in the poem, the school is described as a cold and an empathetic place which didn’t comprehend Heidi. So this ‘rebel’ is shown as a good one. Heidi is supported by her father and by her black friend a day after this incident happened.
  • The ‘battle’ is being fought against the school, as they didn’t understand Heidi’s problems.