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I have been given four depressing poems to study, looking at the way different poets display their or their persona's feelings.

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I have been given four depressing poems to study, looking at the way different poets display their or their persona's feelings. The poets in the four poems I have read write about different experiences of frustration and anger and the different effects these have on their emotions. In this study I am only mentioning 3 of the four poems. Other poems I have studied, including "those bastards in their mansions" and "the affliction of Margaret" show different types of frustration, and different methods of coping with it. "Those bastards in their mansions" is a voice of a fictional character like "education....." The poem features two different classes; the rich and the poor people. The poem is written from the point of view of a poor person, which is highly obvious due to the language in the title, which is full of anger and resentment, but needs to be stated. He uses this language to shock people. ...read more.

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The poet uses similes like "tears like dew". This has a deep meaning as he's saying the tears are there when you don't really want them at the crack of dawn, but go. So they cry but you might not see it. The poet uses alliteration.... "Maimed, mangled by inhuman men." The effect of alliteration is not always obvious. Some times it is just put into a poem because the poet can do that. I think the alliteration here is to focus on the word men. She's gaining sympathy because she's suggesting MEN have got what is still her BABY. I also feel that with the line before "perhaps some dungeon hears thee groan," it gives a theatrical feel, getting worse and worse ideas of what might have happened to her son. "Education for leisure" doesn't use rhyming couplets or any other methods like that, but does have a structure for the lines. I love the way the poem is set out. ...read more.

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All medieval material, but then finishes with "me, I stick to the shadows, carry a gun". This works well; he's saying 'time's don't change. Bad things are happening now that happened 100 years ago. If you don't believe me or understand, I'll just tell you what happened 100 years ago.' And "the affliction of Margaret" finishes with "I have no other earthly friends". This poem is in my eyes incredibly long, so to stop on that is meaningful. She's saying she only has god who is the only person that she can't see, and the only person she wants she can't see. Plus the fact that in 1807 everyone had god as people were still highly religious, but the one she wants no-one has. The main similarities are the theme; anger and depression, the "punch line" endings, all involve death, whether it be killing someone, or just as if you'd killed someone. The main differences are the different uses of framework, e.g. verses and stanzas, the simplistic writing of "education for leisure" compared to the detailed alliterations, similes and metaphors of "the affliction of Margaret" ...read more.

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