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Daryush looks at the sweetness of life from a nave and young heiress in Poem A, Still Life while in Poem B, Cunningham chooses to look at life from the perspective of an aged lover.

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Introduction

Daryush looks at the sweetness of life from a naïve and “young heiress” in Poem A, Still Life while in Poem B, Cunningham chooses to look at life from the perspective of an “aged lover.” In both poems, the poets reveal their differing attitudes towards life. Both poets emphasise love as an aspect of the speakers’ lives through the similar form of a sonnet in their poems. The form of a sonnet expresses the poets’ focus on love in both poems, while the structured rhyme scheme in the poems convey the passion of love through the repetitive coupled rhyming of words at the end of the lines. However, Poem A ends with a rhyming couplet and thus deviates from the convention of a sonnet with two stanzas; this conveys the surprising revelations the young girl will encounter in her long future ahead. Conversely, Poem B’s expected adherence to the convention of two stanzas in a sonnet implies the speaker’s lack of surprises due to the various life experiences the “aged lover” has already gone through. ...read more.

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However, the speaker in Poem B debunks this ostentatious passion as it is “not for [him], not at [his] age”. This is done by presenting a crude and awkward image of himself as someone “with bony shoulders and fat face”, as opposed to the elegance of a dancer or even the “young heiress” in Poem A. Hence, the images in the poems differently serve to portray the speaker in Poem A as an elegant young girl who is enjoying the richness of youth while the speaker in B is implicitly characterized as a “clumsy” and “aged” person who does not engage in the passionate notions of young people. Finally, the enjambment and diction used in the last two lines of both poems hint at the possibility of complications in the speakers’ lives. In Poem A, the enjambment in line 13 emphasise the double denotations of the word “lies”. The pun causes the word to have a sinister subtextual meaning to it, perhaps implying the unpleasant realities of the future the naïve young heiress is venturing into. ...read more.

Conclusion

She comes over the lawn, the young heiress, from her early walk in her garden-wood, feeling that life?s a table set to bless her delicate desires with all that?s good, that even the unopened future lies like a love-letter, full of sweet surprise. 5 10 B The Aged Lover Discourses in the Flat Style There are, perhaps, whom passion gives a grace, Who fuse and part as dancers on the stage, But that is not for me, not at my age, Not with my bony shoulders and fat face. Yet in my clumsiness I found a place And use for passion: with it I ignore My gaucheries[1] and yours, and feel no more The awkwardness of the absurd embrace. It is a pact men make, and seal in flesh, To be so busy with their own desires Their loves may be as busy with their own, And not in union. Though the two enmesh Like gears in motion, each with each conspires To be at once together and alone. 5 10 ________________ [1] Tactless or graceless actions ...read more.

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