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This essay will be looking at "Icarus Allsorts" by Roger McGough and comparing it to "The Horses" by Edwin Murir. First it will analyse "Icarus Allsorts" then look at "The Horses."

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A comparison of "The Horses" and "Icarus Allsorts"

This essay will be looking at "Icarus Allsorts" by Roger McGough and comparing it to "The Horses" by Edwin Murir. First it will analyse "Icarus Allsorts" then look at "The Horses."

This poem begins with an introduction of what had happened to start a war. It explains about a meteorite crashing into the sea and setting of a mass panic and launching a huge counter attack on Russia.

The main aspect the reader notices of "Icarus Allsorts" is its rhythm. By tapping out the beat of it you could class it as a nursery rhyme. Although like a nursery rhyme it has no resemblance to happiness and putting kids to sleep. In fact the complete opposite, a black comedy. When reading the piece you have a laugh at the rhymes for instance

"There were even missile jams"

An obscene vision to imagine thousands of missiles lined up like cars. After reading the poem and realising it is about nuclear war and although exaggerated the thought becomes a horrible image of destruction.

Euphemisms are used in both poems.

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