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Analysis of John Foulcher's For The Fire and Loch Ard Gorge.

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Introduction

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words" - Robert Frost. Poets convey their thoughts and emotions throughout their poems in a wide range off of ways, with the use of many different techniques. These emotions and thoughts could be hidden deeply or so simply written. Robert Frost quotes - "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words" which is basically stating that what is written in poems is thought that is already in your mind. You just have to find the words to describe it. This is exactly what the poet has done in the 2 poems I have studied both by John Foulcher 'For The Fire' and 'Loch Ard Gorge'. ...read more.

Middle

Society is shown as nature in a somewhat survival of the fittest aspect and it also portrays peoples mistreatment in many ways. Examples of these ways are shown in the poem by the way the man reacts with all this violence going on around him... He just ignores it all, takes what he came for and leaves. In 'Loch Ard Gorge' John Foulcher conveys the emotion to be somewhat sad and harsh. The sadness in the poem is shown easily in the parts talking about the shipwreck, with the negative tones he uses and the way it talks about the bodies as if there nothing and meaningless, shown in the quote 'being lugged from the sea and dumped in the soil'. ...read more.

Conclusion

One of those sides being calm, beautiful and friendly but the other side is evil and cruel. John Foulcher is basically trying to describe life to be cruel. The reason this relates so well to this poem is because on the ship that ended up being taken down by the rough seas there were people who were travelling to start a new life, with only two of them surviving. Some of these emotions the poet deals with aren't so easily spoken about, so instead he expresses his thoughts and feelings through writing. Finding the exact words to express them. Leading back to the quote by Robert Frost -"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." The quote that defines almost all poetry. ...read more.

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