• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Choose three poems and compare them in terms of content, language and style

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Choose three poems and compare them in terms of content, language and style "Long Distance" by Tony Harrison is about grieving in different ways. It is a personal poem as he reflects back to his Father's love and grief for his Mother, who has passed away. You can see that it is also about the love in a close family, as the love felt by the father regarding his wife and later on, the love felt by the son, which is apparent through his sense of loss. All of this shows a close, loving family, however the title, makes the reader seem as though their relationship is not as close. The poem uses enjambment, 'He'd put you off an hour to give him time To clear her thing and look alone', which creates movement within the poem, as the sentence is long, giving an impression of a long period of time, and that the grief and every day routine of 'putting up appearances' that Harrison's father restlessly deals with. ...read more.

Middle

Her grandmother kept the items as if to preserve them so they survive for much longer than they would without her. In this poem the granddaughter is trapped in her own guilt that she feels towards her grandmother, which comparrises with Harrisons as his poem is about not letting go the love, where as Jennings' has a sense of guilt, 'And I remember how I once refused To go out with her, since I was afraid', suggests that she is not loving her Grandmother, as she was too afraid to get too close to her, as if she felt that if she did, she may get treated like one of her grandmother's antiques, used and named a possession. She now knows the hurt her grandmother must of felt when she declined the offer to go out with her and that she hadn't even given her grandmother any notice. She walked into her grandmothers room full of her old antiques, and saw all the things that her grandmother never used but needed to keep her alive. ...read more.

Conclusion

The first stanza deals with Larkin's rather ironic view of marriage and deals with the idea that the young mothers are isolated. Larkin's brilliant use of language emphasis the recurring theme of emptiness within the young mothers and how regimented their lives have become when married. 'Afternoons' conveys a sense of life passing by, and time elapsing. The opening line, "Summer is fading" suggests the prime of life beginning to fade, the women now have responsibilities and commitments; their children. There are images of the working classes, 'An estateful of washing/And the albums, lettered/Our Wedding, lying/Near the television". The wedding album is "lettered", suggesting gilt letters, which implies that the women did not want to get married. It also lies near the television, creating an idea of the television as the focus of the house, overshadowing even the memories of their weddings. The courting-places are no longer used by the couples, the young are replacing the old. The poem concludes with an image of responsibility taking over their lives and pushing them out of their prime. The poem gives the sense of time passing and Larkin's perception of the working class, which is similar to both of the previous poems, talking about their previous experiences. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparing poems section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparing poems essays

  1. Comparing and Contrasting Poems

    of the scientific knowledge they continue to practice their old way of life. The climate is shown to be similar as even though Ezekiel does not mention it, insects such as Scorpions aren't seen much in the winter, also in both countries, as they are developing the new generation is

  2. The three stories I have been studying

    She's more out spoken. She knows what she wants. "Your mother said nothing so why do you stand in my why?" demonstrating her outspoken character in this story. Her character is far different to Manak's. Manak has a weaker but equally important character. He doesn't stop his mother from arranging another marriage.

  1. Comparison of love poems

    The title of Clare's poem simply gives an overall of the poem following, the incident of first love and the pains as well as pleasures that the author goes through during the whole ordeal; the physical pain of blood burning around his heart to the mental pain of uncertainty to "her" feelings towards 'him'.

  2. Organizational changes

    If the change is to be implemented with minimal resistance then the coercive power, information power, and expert power bases are best. The person with the vision must be possess the skills and knowledge to see what the future will hold with the suggested change and if user's have desired

  1. Signalman and Red Room analysis

    that he is giving him a fair warning, that whatever occurs is his own decision(he agreed upon) and might be his own fault. The narrator is beginning to feel that the people in the house are trying to create a horror atmosphere of the house, by constantly talking about the

  2. "Welsh Landscape" "Small Window" and "Reservoirs" exhibit R.S Thomas views on Wales and Welshness ...

    Enjambement emphasises the word which is carried on into the next line by using this device it's making the poem more effective and bringin more attention to whatever he is trying to say "A hill lights up Suddenly; a field trembles With colour and goes out In it's turn" Thomas

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work