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Analysing And Contrasting Two Poems

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Analysing And Contrasting Two Poems (Coursework) This essay will compare two poems, which both have some similar aspects however there are also many differences. The two poems, which will be compared, are "The Whistle" by Yusef Komunyakaa and "Game After Supper" by Margaret Atwood. Yusef Komunyakaa was born on the 29th April 1947 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He has won a number of awards for his poetry including the highly prestigious Pulitzer Prize. In 1999, he was elected a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. He now lives in New York City. Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer who was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1939. She has written several novels, which have been considered for the highly prestigious Booker prize. She has recently won the Booker prize for her novel 'Alias Grace' and is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry. Atwood's work has been translated into many languages and published in more than 25 countries. In 1986 Ms Magazine named her Woman of the Year. Margaret Atwood now lives in Toronto. Both of these poems have some similar aspects for example, they are both written in free verse and are both examples of modern poetry. There are no rhyming schemes throughout both poems what so ever. To my understanding, I believe that the poets have written their poems in a nostalgic way and those are reconstructions of their childhood experiences; alternatively, they could also be fiction. Another similarity is that both poets write about equality and equal rights. Margaret Atwood is a feminist writer and writes about rights and equality for women whereas Yusef Komunyakaa writes about equal and civil rights for black people. The Whistle was written around the 1960's. During this decade, racism was a huge factor of equal rights. An example of this is the bus boycott. The bus boycott was when white people had a priority in getting a seat on the bus. ...read more.


The reason why the dark women are whispering is that their husbands have done something wrong which has made them wanted by the foreman. The whispering is probably because they are scared of the consequences they may suffer due to their husband's mistakes and this symbolises the fear within the women. By this understanding, we can imply that the women want to keep quiet and do not want to be found because something dreadful could possibly occur. Although we have been told that the women are whispering, it has not of yet been identified exactly what is being said. My implementation is that they are whispering about the fact that they have never had the chance to experience equal rights and that they never will see equal rights between all different types of people from different backgrounds, also that the black and minority ethnic groups in society are treated unfairly and to some extent are disadvantaged. The women will also be worried about their husbands and "Daddy" because he booted a foreman and for this reason, they are hoping that the white people would not terrorise them or their families. The poet describes the women, "Like petals of a black rose". We understand that roses symbolise beauty and this quote gives us the impression that the black women who were waiting for their husbands are very beautiful. The poet emphasises the ladies' beauty by saying that the petals of the roses are, "In one of Busby Berkeley's oscillating dances in a broken room". This shows regular movement, back and forth. The phrase "broken room" gives us an idea of what is actually meant. You could say that this scene looked like a kaleidoscope with lots of beautiful colours. This piece of imagery emphasises on the ladies beauty. Busby Berkeley was born in 1895 with the name 'William Berkeley Enos' to a theatrical family in Los Angeles, California. ...read more.


If the person is an uncle they will be safe, however if it is anyone else they may be in trouble. Throughout the poem, the punctuation adds to the tension of the poem. There are commas in some points in order to make a pause during reading. This allows different levels of tension at different times. Both the poems have no rhyming scheme. They are both about characters having to be silent and accept their fortune of a life full of unequal opportunities. The poems both use linguistic devises such as similes and metaphors. Both of the poems do not fully explain what will go on at the end, however they leave the reader guessing. As part of a ploy for both poems, it is implied that someone may die. Both poems are about childhood memories and are also written from a nostalgic point of view. The poems both create atmosphere and also the punctuation plays an important role. Another thing both poems have in common is that they both focus on the natural environment. This is used to create mood and atmosphere. Although there are many similarities, there are also plenty of differences between the two poems. One difference is that in "The whistle" sound and time structure the poem, another thing is that the characters in "The whistle" consider revenge. One of the themes of this poem is racism and prejudice. Finally, "Daddy" is the main character of the poem whereas the central character is the narrator in "Game after supper". The ways the stanzas in "Game after supper" are structured and laid out subtly influence the meaning of the poem. Finally, the poem has a sinister tone. Overall, I believe that both poems were very interesting and in both, any ambiguous lines made very good ideas of what could be meant. None of the poems really send out a message; however, they imply how awful the world would be without equal rights and democracy for all people of all communities and all races. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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