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Essay on two poems; Prayer Before Birth and Easter Monday

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Essay on two poems; Prayer Before Birth and Easter Monday In this essay I will be analysing two poems. Both poems reflect upon the theme of war. I will be analysing them through their meanings, forms and show how the poets use language to express their ideas and feelings. I have decided to look at the poems Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice and Easter Monday by Eleanor Farjeon. Louis MacNeice was born in 1907, he died in 1963. His mother died when he was young and her death got to him deeply. He studied at Oxford and was one of a group of poets here who became famous. He was intensely affected by the political events of the 1930's and also by the Second World War. ...read more.

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Prayer Before Birth is a poem of eight verses written in a very unusual form with a contrasting number of lines in each verse from two to ten which creates a varied rhythmic affect, this is a prayer and it to has ritualistic quality with the phrase 'I am not yet born' beginning in each verse apart from the last. He uses many language techniques to put across his feelings. Similes are one of them; "like water", the use of this is that it creates an image. He also uses repetition this is used to make a point. Eleanor Farjeon was born in 1881, she died in 1965. She wrote for children and wrote poetry for adults. Many of her poetry for adults are sonnets. She went through the Second World War and this is what she talks about in many of her poems. ...read more.

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to surprise him and delight him with and clearly it is an added sense of pain and irony that what she wanted him to celebrate was the day of his death. Easter Monday is a poem of fourteen lines. It is written in two verses, the first verse having nine lines and the second verse five. The poem is unrhymed. It is written in the form of a letter and has an intimate conversational term. She writes as though she was speaking directly to him and she just calls him simply 'u' and the words 'I' occur several times in the first section. All in all I thought that both poems were good, but I preferred Prayer Before Birth as I found it more emotional and it had a faster movement to it which got me into the mood of the poem more than the other. Elisha Roberts ...read more.

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