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COMPARATIVE COMMENTARY -Malcolm Cowleys essay The View and When I grow old by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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COMPARATIVE COMMENTARY The first passage, "when I grow old", is a poem written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in 1929. It describes how she will be living when she becomes an old woman, letting the reader know that she lived a "hurried life" and had many "busy days", and tries to compensate those years by living in "wisdom" and "peace". This poetic passage shows the reader that being an old person can be a good thing and that we shouldn't be afraid of it. On the other hand, the second passage, which is an adaptation from Malcolm Cowley's essay "The View" from 80, written in 1976, shows a different panorama. This prose extract narrates the bad things about being an old person, such as, among others, health problems. It shows the reader how to know to realise if he is getting old and how his behaviour will be. Both texts share a general audience as they are directed both to children, adults, and old aged people. ...read more.

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This regularity in the poem makes us feel that everything mentioned in the poem is perfect and ideal, agreeing on everything she says. While, the second text contains four irregular paragraphs, where the third paragraph contains a bulleted list. There is a variety of sentence length to change the atmosphere of the text, and it contains quotations that have a special effect on the reader. They show that the text contains different testimonies, showing the reader that there are many people that have the same opinion about being an old aged person. On the one hand, the poem contains different devises to give a special effect to the reader. It uses visual images such as the "green grass" or the "big" room to make the reader imagine the beauty of the place were she would live when she "grows old". The poem contains many descriptions to contribute the reader have an exact picture of the place in his mind. ...read more.

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This devise has been very well used because it successfully creates an effect on the reader. Something that has to be noted is that the first three paragraphs are an extended metaphor ("to enter the country of age is a new experience...") that creates an effect of exaggeration of old aged people in the reader. These paragraphs successfully make the reader be frightened about its future. We can conclude that although both texts present the same theme, old aged people, they are completely different as they both show different views about growing old. The first passage shows how the author is tired about a "hurried life" and is optimistic about a change, while the second passage shows how the author describes the worst things about being an old person. They both use different devises such as metaphors, imagery and contrasts to express their opinions. The poem is based on the imagination of the writer's future while the prose is based on experiences and testimonies of people who are aged. The two texts were effective on what they were transmitting as they both create an impact on the reader. ...read more.

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This is a good essay which uses appropriate literary and linguistic terminology accurately. The writer makes some perceptive comments and analyses language and structure and explores the effects on the reader.
The essay focuses on the question and uses comparative language to link the two texts. There are some lapses in expression but generally the meaning remains clear.

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