• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast 'The Good Teachers' and 'Lanarkshire Girls' by Carol- Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead

Extracts from this document...


Duffy and Lochhead both write about adolescent experiences. Compare and contrast two poem taking into account the methods each poet uses to write. Both ?The Good Teachers? by Lochhead and ?Lanarkshire Girls? by Duffy deal with the theme of adolescent experiences by depicting their own in a recall fashion. Both speakers are now adults reflecting back upon their individual adolescent experiences with the speaker in ?The Good Teachers? reminiscing about her days at school while looking at an old school photo, and the speaker in ?Lanarkshire Girls? depicting the first time her and her friends took the bus from their rural Lanarkshire homes into the city of Glasgow. Both poems are told in a conversational, anecdotal style which is made evident through the use of various structural and language techniques. ?Lanarkshire Girls? is written in free verse which aids the free flowing chatty style of the piece, however, is still sectioned into three stanzas; the first talking of the bus leaving the countryside, the second speaking of the approach to the city, and the third describing the sights of the city. ...read more.


Lochhead however, refrains from the use of humour as the speaker voices her adolescent experience in a matter of fact style, in order to assert her new found maturity and prove how she is now growing up from the opening statement, ‘Coming into Glasgow/ in our red bus through those green fields.’ Although, despite this the speaker still shows a childish immaturity through her excitement of her adolescent experience, travelling in the red bus for the first time into the city with her friends as she uses the cliché, ‘fourteen years old, dreaming ourselves up, with holiday money burning a hole in our pockets.’ The desire to throw away youth and to grow up in evident also in ‘The Good Teachers’ as the speaker reveals a list of things she used to do as a child in order to make herself appear older and more mature, ‘You roll the waistband/ of your skirt over and over’, the repetition of the latter phrase demonstrating the action itself, ‘all leg, all/ dumb insolence, smoke-rings.’ Through the continued use of the pronoun, ‘you’, we, as the reader can share in Duffy’s adolescent experience as they are actions universal to all teenagers. ...read more.


The same is true for the speaker in ?The Good Teachers? as Duffy uses the metaphor of ?a wall you climb? to describe the transition from adolescent into adulthood. Even in the most positive point of the poem where she expresses her passion and love for both her English teacher and the subject itself is tainted. Her adoration is evident through the repetition of, ?so much? and through her actions such as remembering ?The River?s Tale by Rudyard Kipling by heart? and by ?making a poem for? her teacher. The speaker suggests that even this adolescent experience was tainted as her teacher who she admired is not perfect and her ?cruel blue? eye demonstrates this. This symbolises how no adolescent experience is perfect. Both poems end on very different tones and therefore have different outlooks on adolescent experiences. ?Lanarkshire Girls? ends with a feeling of excitement as the bus, ?spilled? the girls out dreaming themselves up. Whereas, ?The Good Teachers? ends on a tone of regret as the speakers finds truth in what her teachers told her that, ?you?ll be sorry one day? for not working hard enough and for racing to throw away their childhoods. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Comparative Essays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Comparative Essays essays

  1. The poem's 'I am not that women' by Kishwar Naheed and 'women work' by ...

    the floor, but with all the trouble he's causing her she gets back up to fight again 'that I can walk on water

  2. Compare the ways in which Duffy and Larkin write about the theme of Nostalgia ...

    The use of these verbs express the powerful effect a physical action has upon possibly providing a sense of nostalgia in the future. A disparity to note is the difference of connotations which the verbs convey. In Captain of the 1964 Team, the verbs represent a sense of speed and

  1. Mrs Beast by Carol Anne Duffy

    them at a powerful position as with Mrs Beast because the husbands will be glad to have their wives around. This again emphasises the point of power. However the part of the poem that really makes the whole poem a central part of the anthology is the fact that during the poker game, ghosts stand behind their chairs.

  2. Compare and contrast two poems, one by Liz Lochhead and one by Carol Ann ...

    Lochhead?s repeated use of plural pronouns such as, ?we,? and, ?us,? stress the universality of the experience of love.

  1. Compare and contrast '1953' by Lochhead and 'Litany' by Duffy

    Her parents? hard work to create a new life is due to the period is history when this poem is set; after the Second World War, people had more money and craved a chance for a new beginning.

  2. Compare and contrast 'Redneck' and 'Warming Her Pearls' by Carol- Ann Duffy and Liz ...

    In the maid?s fairy tale her mistress comes home alone each night because the men she dances with are, ?puzzled by my faint, persistent scent/ beneath her French perfume, her milky stones?; the maid believes her scent is putting men off her mistress and is therefore keeping her mistress from finding the perfect man.

  1. Compare and contrast two poems, one by Liz Lochhead and one by Carol Ann ...

    Both speakers are unreserved with their criticisms of men. The speaker of The Redneck calls her husband a, ?pig,? and uses dialogue to convey how crass he is: ?him shouting ?Perfect Working Order? ? and flashing the photographer.? This pun on the word, ?flashing,? is effective in conveying her husband as misogynist and sexually aggressive.

  2. Compare and contrast two poems, one by Liz Lochhead and one by Carol Ann ...

    The imagery used suggest that the girls have passed the spring of the childhood, yet are still, ?unripe,? and not quite adults. The use of the colloquial phrase, ?wee balls,? gives the poem an authentic and local Scottish voice, which contrasts with Duffy?s use of foreign, African words.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work