UA Fanthorpe – A Minor Role
Since this poem came up in our mock, I thought it would be fitting to complete an entry on it. Hope you find it useful! – Hadiyah Dellal
Fanthorpe illustrates how often in life, one will have to deal with a difficult situation – the way in which the person affected reacts to this situation and the people around them is what the poet explores in this poem. The speaker is evidently suffering from an illness as he/she describes having to make ‘sense/Of consultant’s monologues’, although it is never made clear what illness the speaker is suffering from. However, through the development of the poem, it is hinted by the poet that the illness is terminal. Instead of looking at the dire and pessimistic side of this illness, the speaker attempts to be more optimistic – the poet aims to emphasise how precious life is. The speaker attempts to speak truthfully about the most difficult and complicated situations that one may experience in their life.