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Comparative Essay of "The Forge" and "Twice Shy".

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Comparative Essay of "The Forge" and "Twice Shy" 'The Forge' and 'Twice Shy' both written by Seamus Heaney present a significant message. These two poems are both evidently rather different, in terms of structure, themes and devices. It is therefore the goal of this paper to examine the differences of each work in turn, in a comparative fashion, and discover the effect that these styles generate on the reader. 'The Forge' and 'Twice Shy' exhibit different forms and structures of poetry; the first being a Petrarchan sonnet and the second being a free verse with five stanzas. 'The Forge' has fourteen lines, with the octet focusing on the forge and the sestet on the smith. Seamus Heaney uses the anvil to emphasize the change of tone and shift of focus in the poem. ...read more.


In the octet, Seamus Heaney described the forge and indicates that life back then was good for the black smith, and showed how times had changed and the craft of Blacksmithing is no longer needed in the sestet. In this poem, Seamus Heaney used the work of a blacksmith to explore the meaning of art and suggests that the making of art is not exclusive for intellectuals. Twice shy is also a descriptive poem, but it focuses on a different theme. This poem is about two young people on their first date. Seamus Heaney focuses on the strong attraction between them, yet how they both refuse to 'fall in love too quickly' and approach love in a shy tentative way. Much imagery is used in both of the poems to convey the picturesque image of the poems. ...read more.


Seamus Heaney used sounds to create musical quality in The Forge. Onomatopoeic words, such as ring, hiss, slam and flick and the alliterations of grunts and goes are used throughout the poem to create the pictorial composition. The flat e and a sounds gives weight and heaviness to the poem, highlighting the weight of the anvil and its importance. In Twice Shy, words such as walk, talk, took, traffic, dusk and hawk gives a harsh final consonant sound, which creates the tense tone of the poem. 'The Forge', being a sonnet is more constrained and less complex, compared to 'Twice Shy', which used more imageries and has a more interesting tone, which shifts between wariness and excitement. Throughout this paper, we explored the different techniques and styles Seamus Heaney used. 'The Forge' and 'Twice Shy', both are effective, however 'Twice Shy' is more effective in creating the tone and mood. ...read more.

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