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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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