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"By a close analysis of at least two poems, examine the way people cope with death and describe the different emotional reaction they experience. Show how the different poets convey these emotions to us."

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Poetry Coursework Angela Harkin Mr. Rankin English 16 January 2005 POETRY COURSEWORK "By a close analysis of at least two poems, examine the way people cope with death and describe the different emotional reaction they experience. Show how the different poets convey these emotions to us." The two poems I have chosen are 'Stop all the Clocks,' by W.H Auden and 'Evans,' by R.S Thomas. These poems are on the subject of death, about how different people react, how they feel and about how they deal with it when a relative or someone close passes away. The nature of the relationship between the poet and the deceased are different and varies and indeed these two poems convey the different reactions successfully. Stop all the Clocks is a poem, which was used as funeral blues song. It is often said at funerals because it expresses the emotions, which are involved when someone close dies. Throughout the poem the writer's request are bizarre and impossible to actually take place. ...read more.

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Although in Evans written by R. S Thomas, the poet was not that close to the deceased man. In the poem Evans, it starts of with the tail end of a question, which straight away gets the reader thinking about whom Evans was and what was the question, which was asked. The poem has no rhyme scheme; it is 'run-on' sentences. The reason for this is that the poet is writing the poem as if he is remembering all the details. He writes it as if he is answering the question. The writer explains to us how he felt and what he saw so vividly it is unreal. Throughout the poem our imagination takes his clever choice of words such as his alliteration, 'bleak bed' and his large amount of adjectives, 'gaunt,' and 'stark,' to paint a picture. His words are so fitting that the image which appears in our head is probably the seem as the actual event, it is as if we were there. ...read more.

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Both poems were good. They were very different and only one thing in common and that was the subject of death. Stop all the Clocks was good because I could imagine what the poet felt, so in a way I could relate to it. However, in Evans, I did not have a clue how the poet must have felt, so it left mystery. It was so descriptive, it was like watching it. When we first read Evans, I did not like it, I did not understand it, and did not think it was good. I loved Stop all the Clocks, I thought it was amazing and read it so many times I new the first two verses of by heart! However, when I started writing this coursework on the poems, I soon realised that I preferred Evans more. It got me thinking about the poem, and it is a better poem in my opinion. In Stop all the Clocks, you could not really imagine anything but in Evans, when you read the words, they just get your imagination going. ...read more.

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