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Contrast betweem 'Belfast confetti' and 'No More Hiroshimas'.

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CALEIGH GRAHAM CONTRAST BETWEEN BELFAST CONFETTI AND NO MORE HIROSHIMAS The similarity between these poems is fairly obvious. Both of these poems are about war. The situation of the authors however, are different. Ciaran Carson, author of 'Belfast Confetti' makes this poem very frantic and fearful as the poem is set in the present tense when he is actually experiencing war. James Kirkup however, has set 'No More Hiroshimas' partly in both present and past tenses. Although, the most dramatic part of the poem is set in the past. The author is not experiencing war during the poem, but remembering how much suffering it caused and how Hiroshima is still trying to rebuild itself and the community. ...read more.


The imagery towards the end of the poem becomes hard hitting: "The stopped watches, the torn shirts." And "The twisted buttons." This emphasises the impact and makes the reader think clearly of the images and how they might have got that way. The lines, "The cotton summer pants the blasted boys crawled home in, to bleed and slowly die." This finalises the poem's devastation to the city. The poem 'Belfast Confetti' has very cluttered and confused imagery. "Nuts, bolts, nails and car-keys." The author uses punctuation marks to emphasise this image. "Itself - an asterisk on the map. This hyphenated line, a burst of rapid fire" and "All alleyways and side-streets blocked with stops and colons" are perfect examples to show this. ...read more.


The poem has long line length and long stanza length. In the beginning when it is describing after the war it is more slow paced. Towards the end the pace slightly sped up. This is to emphasise the hard hitting ending. 'Belfast Confetti' is very disorganised and packed in. This gives it a fast and hurried pace making the poem muddled and confusing. This matches with the stanza length and overall length of the poem. Personally I preferred 'Belfast Confetti'. For me the poem was full of adrenaline and exciting. Along with the excitement came the fear, which made the pace seem faster. 'No More Hiroshimas' was too slow paced for me. The ending brought the reader pathos and had a big impact on me because of the imagery. ...read more.

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