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With close reference to use of Language and depth of meaning compare and contrast two or three poems from the studied collection

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Daniel Cohen With close reference to use of Language and depth of meaning compare and contrast two or three poems from the studied collection In this essay two poems will be juxtaposed. One of the poems is called "My parents kept me from children who were rough". This poem was written by Stephen Spender. Stephen Spender was greatly admired for his work and was knighted in 1983. He lived in the 20th century and died 22 years after W H Auden in 1995 .The second poem chosen is called "Funeral Blues and was written by W H Auden. W H Auden was a greatly respected homosexual poet who lived in the 20th century. He was born in 1907 and died in 1973. W H Auden's full name was Wystan Hugh Auden. He wrote Funeral Blues in 1936. In the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" a young boy is being bullied by rough and strong boys who intimidate him, so his parents have chosen to keep him away from them. The rough boys would cause him verbal and physical abuse. This is demonstrated by the poet writing "...threw words like stones..." and, "And their jerking hand and their knees tight in my arms". ...read more.

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This line shows us that the boys would use bad language and would dress very badly. The imagery in "Funeral Blues" is one of a heart broken man who is very sad and depressed and doesn't know what to do with his life anymore. The man in the poem is wearing black since he is going to the funeral of his companion. He also thinks that members of the public should also wear black and mourn for the death of his companion. The imagery in the both of the poems is quite different. For example what the people in the poems are wearing. In "Funeral Blues" the man is dressed in black and in "My parents kept me from children who were rough" the children have got torn clothes. One similarity of the poems is that the life of the man in Funeral Blues and the boy in "My parents kept me from children who were rough" are quite dark and miserable. The boy is upset because he wasn't able to make friends with other people since he was kept away from them and the man is sad because his partner has died and thinks there is no longer a point for his existence. In the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" a lot of metaphors are used. ...read more.

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In my opinion both of the poems were extremely well written and both were moderately interesting. The language in "My parents kept me from children who were rough" is better than that of "Funeral Blues", since it consists of more complex words and expresses the thoughts of the boy more deeply than that of the man in "Funeral Blues." Something that stood out to me with regards to both poems is that both poets have used a lot of repetition throughout their poems which I am not particularly fond of. For example in the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" the poet uses the word "I" several times: "I feared more than tigers...", "I feared the salt coarse pointing...", "And I looked another way...", "I longed to forgive them...". In the poem "Funeral Blues", the word "let" is used several times. Evidence of this is shown in the first two verses of the poem, such as: "... let the mourners come", "let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead" and " let the traffic policeman...". In conclusion, people of an older age group would prefer the poem "Funeral blues" since they would have probably experienced the pain of having lost a loved one , but personally I prefer the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" as I can relate to it more since it is about real life events, such as bullying, which happen to children of my own age. ...read more.

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