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First Ice First Frost These two English Translations of the Russian poem by Andrei Voznesenky are about a girl being rejected for the first time.

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First Ice First Frost These two English Translations of the Russian poem by Andrei Voznesenky are about a girl being rejected for the first time. The young girl's feelings of hurt and rejection are described in terms of coldness throughout the poem. "The first ice of human hurt". The theme that is put across from the poem is of growing up, and the experience of loosing someone for the first time. Both of these poems are very similar, but they have both been translated in two different styles. This helps to alter the meaning a little from the original Russian version. The titles of the two Russian poems by Andrei Voznesenky 'First ice' and 'First Frost' differ in many ways. Examples of this are the word 'Ice' used in the first poem, ice I hard and takes a long time to melt. This suggests to me that it will take a long time for the girl to get over the special person who has hurt them so much. The writer of this poem probably used 'Ice' to show what the girl was feeling inside. ...read more.

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In poem two 'she has to beat her way home alone' this tells me that the girl has to fight her way home through the bad weather. On the other hand, it could be a metaphor suggesting that she has to find her way through life on her own and 'beat' suggests that that will be hard for her. The 'icy' street suggests that the path in life that she now must follow will be slippery, cold, harsh and could hurt her, it will also be hard to follow and difficult; maybe because she no longer has him to help. As the poem continues, 'First frost' implies that in this maybe happy time in her life this has been the first hurtful and cold thing that has happened to her. It is metaphorical, it could also mean that it is her first separation and split with a man that she loves. It is like, the first ice in late autumn will destroy the flowers and plants; this conversation will destroy her feelings and hurt her harshly. ...read more.

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I prefer 'A girl freezes in a telephone both' compared to 'A girl is freezing in a telephone both' in poem two. I prefer this because I feel that the word freezes symbolises how much shock she is in and how confused she is. This I feel makes you understand more about what the girl is feeling, she is shocked like when you see or hear something and you can't believe it. The poem that I prefer would have to be 'First frost' because I feel that this poem is much more affective at getting across to you how emotionally hurt and annoyed the girl is feeling. This poem gets you to think about the position the girl is in and how upset she really is, and everyone know how it feels to get rejected for the first time in your life. You feel as If everyone is against you and that nothing will ever go your way. I chose this poem because I feel that it is a lot more affective at getting the emotion felt by the girl across to you than in poem two. Philip Timbrell 23/04/07 ...read more.

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