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Compare 'Mr Bleaney' (by Philip Larkin) & 'In Memory of My Grandfather' (by Edward Storey).

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The two poems that will be conveyed and compared will be 'Mr Bleaney' (by Philip Larkin) & 'In Memory of My Grandfather' (by Edward Storey). Both verses describe the character of the poem. The character in the poem on the Grandfather has admiration, but Mr Bleaney is disturbed. In this essay I will compare the character, poets feelings and attitude to each man. Furthermore, the similarities and differences in structure, language and image between the two poems will be compared and lastly my preference and emotional responses. To begin with what each poem is about. Mr Bleaney is a descriptive and narrative verse. There are two voices the landlady's and the poets, Mr Bleaney is given in the view of the depressed lyricist. Mr Bleaney is given the life of the writer through his lonely years. It is about a man named Mr Bleaney who lives through a lacklustre yet ordinary life, but the place he lives in is shown through a kitsch light. ...read more.


The grandfather enjoys life while he able to and doesn't care about decency or politeness, 'with giant thumbs he'd split an apple through the core.' Moreover the child respects the grandfather, 'can I be grateful for his influence and love.' The characters have their own characteristics, but what about the poem's language, image and structure, what differences and similarities do they have. Firstly the sonnet about the grandfather, this poem is just an extended metaphor. The poet wished to turn the tree into a person this is called personification. The whole poem is personified, 'like an old tree and sat down.' The poem also has enjambments, 'the world outside; geese and cows...' In this epic there is no evidence of a caesura, onomatopoeia or alliteration. With reference to this epic, the poem named Mr Bleaney has many different aspects that cannot be identified in the grandfather epic. Mr Bleaney has identical format or structure to the grandfather limerick, four lines and then a pause, but the image set and the language used is diverse. ...read more.


The author places himself into the poem as the child and express the appearance of the idol. The feelings shown are rich by nature and the attitude given by the writer is admiration and not discrimination. There is much to be learnt from the sonnet as the author achieved his expectations of the character by evaluating him with a tree, 'his voice rough as the bark of his cracked hands.' So both artists have achieved their prospect to an extent. The reactions and images that I received from this poem vary from the writer. My preference is that I had learnt a lesson from the Mr Bleaney's poem is 'we treat ourselves the way we tell other people to treat us.' The grandfather poem did not give me many lessons except that he is the most respected character in the lyric and the whole sonnet is personified, with the tree. Additionally I blemished many disparity and distinction between the poems. There weren't numerous resemblances though. In conclusion the Mr Bleaney has told me he was a lonely and a middle class man, but the grandfather was a free sprit and lived life his way. Vimalraj Arumugam 9P English Coursework 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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