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Campare and contrast daffodils and miracle on st. davids day

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Comparing and Contrasting William Wordsworth's Poem "Daffodils" with "Miracle on St David's Day" by Gillian Clarke By Luke Jones 11M The Nineteenth century poem "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth is a rhyming poem that describes the author walking through the Welsh countryside which is covered by daffodils. He discusses the effect of nature on man and he uses the daffodils as an example of this. He also describes how the daffodils and nature make him feel. The poem "Miracle on St David's Day" by Gillian Clarke describes how the poet is reading poetry to people in a mental hospital, and one of the poems is "Daffodils." The rhyming poem "Daffodils" is set in the past tense whereas the poem "Miracle on St David's Day" is set in the present tense and does not rhyme. These differences reflect the content of the poems. "Daffodils" recalls an incident in the poet's past and is a formal poem. In "Miracle on St David's Day," the structure of the poem and the fact that it doesn't rhyme mirrors the conversational style. Both poems are similar in that they are set in the countryside and have a direct link with nature, as in the opening phrase of "Daffodils," "I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o'er vales and hills." ...read more.

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He goes on to say "in vacant or in pensive mood, they flash upon thy naked eye, union is the bliss of solitude, and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils." Every time the writer thinks about the daffodils, he is feeling happy and it changes his mood for the better and you could say this is the wealth or prize that seeing the daffodils has brought. The poem "Miracle on St David's Day" is about a poet who visits a mental hospital and reads poetry to the insane. The first line of the poem "An afternoon yellow and open mouthed with daffodils," links to Wordsworth's poem set in the countryside. The second line of the first stanza "the path treads the sun among cedars and enormous oaks," also continues the countryside theme. At the beginning of the second stanza the poet explains that she is reading poetry to the insane, and this shatters the tranquil atmosphere of the first stanza. In the next line Clarke talks about an old woman who interrupts her and offers her as many buckets of coal as she needs", which is describing one of the mental patients. ...read more.

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All this has a link to the poem "Daffodils" as Gillian Clarke directly talks about daffodils. The poem Wordsworth wrote to celebrate the daffodils then inspires the man to speak for the first time in years. In the seventh stanza Gillian Clarke describes the mans childhood, she writes "he has remembered there was a music of speech and that once he had something to say." This shows that he has remembered daffodils and that he could once speak. The last stanza describes the silence after the man has spoken for the first time in years and the applause from the people of the hospital after it. The ending to this poem is similar to "Daffodils" in that both poets talk about people remembering things. In "Daffodils" the poet remembers the field full of daffodils and in "Miracle on St David's Day" it is the large man who remembers how to speak. Evaluation I think these two poems share a number of similarities but also a number of differences. This is mainly because "Miracle on St David's Day' is practically based on Daffodils. Overall I feel I have successfully found a number of similarities and differences between these two poems, but I think I could have found more differences rather than similarities. Luke Jones 11M ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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