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A comparison of snow and snow by Ted Hughes With To autumn by John Keats!

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A comparison of 'snow and snow' by ted Hughes With 'To autumn' by John Keats! Although both these poems are based on nature they are both about different seasons, 'snow and snow' is about winter and 'To Autumn' is about autumn but sometimes refers back to summer and spring. To autumn was written in the 19th century, it contains a lot of old language like thou, thee, hath, thy and so on, however snow and snow is a modern poem it was written in the 20th century. Snow and snow has a consistent rhyme scheme at the end of each verse there is a rhyming couplet e.g.: spot and not, lace and place. They are two rhythmic correspondences. To autumn has a fairly consistent rhyme scheme. Verses 2+3 are identical but verse 1 is a little different. The thing they both have in common is that they both rhyme. ...read more.


In 'To autumn' the final stanza starts off with two rhetorical questions-'Where are the songs of spring?' and 'Aye, where are they?' also the second verse starts off with a rhetorical question as well however snow and snow contains none. Throughout each of the poems they start of different to when they finish. In the poem to autumn, as autumn continues the verse gets colder and more obscure, but the writer still remains emotionally detached. Death is presented in the readers mind metaphorically with "While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day." John Keats uses the day in this instance to symbolize the passage of time and the cycle of life similarly snow and snow shows strength at the start for the personalities of a man and woman but as the verses go by the praising of them fades away into their weakness especially in the male verses. ...read more.


However in 'to autumn' the verbs are much more in detail 'loud bleat' this is used to make a whining sort of sound a cry. When reading each of these poems I get the same sort of imagery for both of them. 'Snow and snow' gives me the picture of a cold day at night, looking up to the stars in the sky and hearing all sort of noises. In addition to this 'to autumn' gives me the imagery of a hot day and the sun is high, leaves stop falling of the trees and the sight of spring is round the corner. The things they both remind me of are seasons they are both an imagery of a season coming. My conclusion would be that I would prefer the 'snow and snow' poem because for me it is much easier to read and less complicated, not too complex. It doesn't contain any old language and the rhyming is adequate. I find it much more fun reading 'snow and snow' then 'to autumn'. ...read more.

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