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6 Way Poetry Comparative Essay - Stages of Life Thesis

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An Analysis of Poems Discussing Stages of Life A human undergoes many stages in life, starting from just an embryo, to becoming a corpse. Although some people also believe in an afterlife, the six poems only discuss the stages of life until one passes away. Different poets relate to different stages of life and therefore write about them. In the Anthology, in section C, the three poems discussing three of the six different stages are 'Prayer Before Birth' - Louis McNiece, 'Half-past Two' - U.A. Fanthorpe and 'Poem at Thirty-nine' - Alice Walker. Three other poems describe the remainder of the stages. These poems are 'Cherish This Moment' - Johanna Fuchs, 'They Don't Understand' - Emily J. Taylor and 'I Felt a Funeral in my Brain' - Emily Dickinson. Each poet portraying each stage has a different style of doing so that is appropriate to the stage of life. The way metaphorical phrases are used and the way repetition is used are only two of the many things ways the poems contrast and compare with each other in relevance to the stages of life. A strong common technique is repetition, used by most poets, as it emphasizes the point a poet is trying to make. ...read more.

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In contrast, poems such as 'They Don't Understand' and 'Poem at Thirty-nine' use first person narrative as it's their only voice. Struggling with self expression, a teenager experiences a time where no one really understands what he or she is going through. Be it social, domestic or even academic stress, Emily J. Taylor claims: 'They don't understand, My life's my own to run' This is directly aimed towards her controlling parents who try 'to run' her life. On the other hand, Alice Walker is forced to put up a good front because a thirty-nine year old woman must have her life together no matter how hard it is on the inside to survive. She has to take care of herself by working, paying for her bills and feeding herself. With all these struggles, using first person narrative only seems appropriate to really show the reader what those two people are going through and feeling, making the poems intriguing and eye opening. How metaphorical phrases and similes are used by the some different poets of the six poems and it's effect on the reader is interesting to study. ...read more.

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The lack of the two things that may have once been the definition of poetry is what can make a poem beautiful. In conclusion, repetition, narration, metaphors and similes are used, applied and shown in many different methods. Poets use different ways to convey these techniques in accordance to what point or message the poet is trying to convey. The different stages of life each mean different things. An unborn child theoretically knows nothing of what is outside his mothers womb. A baby is something that is celebrated, adored by all those around it although it's just as clueless as it was inside it's mother's womb. A child is still learning what the world has to offer, even if it's reading the time. A teenager is trying to take control of its life after learning all the basics, and is seeking independence from their parents. Ironically, an adult of thirty-nine is grieving the death of a parent, struggling to keep her life in place with the memory and the loss of someone so dear to her heart. Last but not least, death comes to everyone, and takes someone's life. What better way to express this than poetry? English Literature Coursework Nuha Elzubeir English Literature Coursework Nuha Elzubeir ...read more.

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