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Both on a portrait of a deaf man and Brendon Gallacher, are about a narrator who grieves the loss of the person they love

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Both ?on a portrait of a deaf man? and ?Brendon Gallacher?, are about a narrator who grieves the loss of the person they love. In ?on a portrait of a deaf man?, the narrator mourns the loss of his father conveying his bitterness towards god for the mistreatment of his father. In Brendon Gallacher, the narrator loses her best friend who she feels possessive towards. Both poets use language to help the reader visualise their characters feelings and personality. In on a portrait of a deaf man, images of decay as well as words associated with death is used to help the audience visualise the physical reality of his father?s death. ?His mouth is wide to let the London clay come in? conveys his anger towards the mistreatment his father had received by God as well as shocking the audience to highlight this reality. Phrases such as ?maggots in his eyes? can be seen as shocking and vivid and this further emphasis the image the narrator sees in connection with how his father who ?smiled and looked so wise? has now turned out. In Brendon Gallacher, childish language and description is used to help the audience visualise the narrator?s childhood. ...read more.


by the river? and these description of orderly event makes us feel the way the narrator saw and feel the way she felt until the end in which ?he died then?. Both poets have created characters who grieve the loss of the ones they love. In on a portrait of a deaf man, the narrator conveys his love through the reminiscence of his father in which describing how his father liked the ?rain-washed Cornish air? and the ?landscape? shows his love and affection for his father. ?And when he could not hear me speak he smiled and looked so wise? shows the admiration the narrator had for his father. John Betjeman might have purposely portrayed the father through his character to further emphasis the contrast between loves and grieve portrayed in this poem- love for his father but bitterness and angry towards god. Similarly, in Brendon Gallacher, love is conveyed through the relationship between the narrator and her imaginary friend. ?He would hold (her) hand? and confide in her and Jackie uses their relationship to emphasis the love and affection they as the narrator feels Brendon confides in her. ...read more.


This could refer to the decay of his father?s body as well as his own faith and due to his struggle to hear god and have faith, he battles with his bitterness. Similar, in Brendon Gallacher, the last line conveys that her grief is mixed with her possessiveness in which she repeats that ?oh Brendon, oh my Brendon Gallacher?. This implies that due to her possessiveness, she still has not fully accepted he was imaginary as he was hers. Jackie Kay may have purposely ending on her possessiveness to show that he was real but only to her. Both poets explored the emotions of their characters through language and form. The characters describe their loved ones and examine why they loved them. For characters, love and happy memories and contrasted with grieve and pain. This makes them seem even more affected by their deaths because of their evidence reminiscence and wanting their loved ones to come back, however, it could be argued that the narrator in on a portrait of a deaf man accepts the death of his father but wants him to come back whereas the narrator of Brendon Gallacher still has not accepted that her best friend was not real but had died. ...read more.

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