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Analyse an Compare the themes of loss and isolation in Long Distance (Harrison), The Sick Equation and Looking for Dad (Patten)

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Analyse an Compare the themes of loss and isolation in Long Distance (Harrison), The Sick Equation and Looking for Dad (Patten) In all three of these poems the two authors are obviously going through extremely tough times in there lives. Therefore we would expect a theme of loss and isolation through out all of these poems. The first factor I am going to look at is the meaning in all the poems which should be fairly obvious from the titles. The meaning in Looking For Dad is to say that the mum and dad are arguing about the little persons untidy bedroom and eventually the dad leaves home and the boy thinks it is all his fault, when the dad doesn't leave hoem because of him.The meaning of the poem in Long Distance is that it is not easy losing a loved one let alone losing two loved ones, so this shows you how this particular person would deal with that sort of situation. ...read more.

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The Sick Equation is more reflective and more relief and not so much resouloution is included as well this is about love and how it can be confusing through out life and the rollercoaster it can be. The next area I am going to look through is the structure and see if this affects the way the poets thought are put across. The structure in Long Distance is fairly consistent with most of the lines the same length. This I think reflects normality. In the last verse this is not as consistent as the first three stanzas.The poets thoughts are also put acros about on how he feels about his dad and how perhaps he feels isolated maybe.Also he is starting to suffer from the loss of is not so long lost dad. Also this poem flows and uses enjambment well enjambment being 'The continuation of a syntactic unit from one line or couplet of a poem to the next with no pause..' ...read more.

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The effect of this is to make the poem have a theme of unhappiness. In the sick equation the rhyming is scattered there is some rhyme and the effect of this is that it keeps the poem flowing without the rhyme. The last feature I am going to explore is the language used. In looking for dad the language is very basic as the poem is written from a small persons point of view, so therefore his vocabulary is limited. In the sick equation and long distance the language is very similar because they are both writing about the same sort of situatuion , the language used is very depressing. In All three poems the theme of loss and isolation is put acroos very well as it is easy to write about something when you have actually experienced it in your life. But it is not always easy so these three poems are ones of a kind. Thereofre I think the theme is put across well. ?? ?? ?? ?? Peter Winrow-Winder 11PG ...read more.

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