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Discuss Thomas presentation of strong emotions in Tears.

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Discuss Thomas? presentation of strong emotions in ?Tears?. In the poem Tears, Thomas presents a contrast between strong emotions of solitude and inadequacy, which feature in many of Thomas? other works such as ?The Glory?, with emotions of joy and patriotism, also presented in ?This is no case of petty right or wrong?. The shift from his presentation of strong emotions of solitude to those of joy can also be seen as a reflection of his response to war, influenced by the patriotic attitudes to war circulating at the time in which Thomas is writing. Firstly, Thomas begins the poem by presenting strong emotions of inadequacy. This is shown in the opening line ?It seems I have no tears left? where Thomas suggests that he has an inability to feel strong emotions. This emotion of inadequacy is emphasized to the reader through the uncertainty in the tone of this line. By writing ?it seems? Thomas presents inadequacy due to a lack of confidence and certainty. The use of pause in these opening lines, created by the hyphens, full stops, and commas, also creates a sense of uncertainty, ?They should have fallen ? Their ghosts, if tears have ghosts, did fall ?? for example. ...read more.

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Tears also include strong emotions of Joy, which contrast the solitary emotions that Thomas relates with himself. ?the twenty hounds? are described as having ?a rage of gladness? in Blooming Meadow that Bends toward the sun? suggesting that while Thomas experiences loneliness, a strong emotion of joy exists in the poem that he is not part of. Thomas also uses the technique of enjambment to emphasize to the reader this strong emotion of joy. The descriptions of ?the twenty hounds? seem to be an outpouring of emotion contrasting the hesitancy and uncertainty featured in the opening lines of the poem when Thomas? own emotions are presented. The way in which the lines ?not yet combed out But still all equals? flow creates the strong emotion of joy compared with the uncertainty and inadequacy that Thomas also presents. But, as the poem progresses, the strong emotion of solitude that Thomas presents in relation to himself is contrasted with an emotion of joy that he becomes a part of. As he writes ?I stepped out from the double shadowed Tower? the emotion of solitude is no longer present as Thomas moves out from a place of isolation- the ?Tower? into the outside world ? ?an April morning?. ...read more.

Conclusion

The closing lines of Tears relate the strong emotion of solitude expressed at the start of the poem to those of patriotism presented towards the end. Thomas suggests that these former emotions have been overcome by those of patriotism and joy by writing ?The men, the music pierced that solitude and silence?. Here, ?The men, the music? represent the emotion of patriotism surrounding war, which ?pierce? and replace the emotion of ?solitude? presented earlier. The clarity in these final lines shown by Thomas? conclusive tone ?told me truths I had not dream? contrasts the uncertainty and hesitancy also depicted earlier in the poem. In Tears Thomas therefore presents a shift from a strong emotion of solitude to one of joy and patriotism. The presentation of strong emotions may be conveying a message of hope that relates to the war. The emotion of joy and unity that Thomas presents in conjunction with patriotism seems to replace his earlier negative emotions of inadequacy and solitude. Tears presents the reader with a complex variety of emotions which are strongly expressed but it seems that the closing emphasis on the emotion of patriotism encourages the reader to be left with a message that this emotion overcomes the strong emotion of solitude also explored throughout the poem, as Thomas concludes ?The men, the music piercing that solitude?. ...read more.

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