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Compare and contrast 2 poems dealing with family relationships. In your essay, analyse the theme, images, language and form.

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Compare and contrast 2 poems dealing with family relationships. In your essay, analyse the theme, images, language and form. The two poems that I have chosen to compare are 'Follower' by Seamus Heaney and 'Imitations' by Dannie Abse. I have chosen these two poems because they both have deal with family relationships between father and son. I intend to find out which poem creates a better image of the father and son relationship. The title of 'Follower' is ambiguous as it shows how the young Heaney followed his father literally and metaphorically. This compared to the title of the other poem 'Imitations' is relatively the same because they both indicate that they are looking up to someone as in 'Imitations' it is also about the son being a 'duplicate' of his father. ...read more.

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I think that the way in the 'Follower' is more effective as it shows how the child is following his father and the language used to describe this is very effective like "close one eye, stiffen my arm" which shows us the child is trying hard. There are many images in both poems, but the 'Follower' for me has a better effect on the images created in the poems compared to 'Imitations'. In the 'Follower' the poem has several developed metaphors, such as the child's following in his father's footsteps and wanting to be like him. The father is sturdy while the child falls - his feet are not big enough for him to be steady on the uneven land. ...read more.

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There are many active verbs - "rolled", "stumbled", "tripping", "falling" and "yapping". There are lots of monosyllables and colloquial vocabulary, frequently as the rhyme word at the end of line. Some of these terms sound like their meaning, which is onomatopoeia, like "clicking", "pluck" and "yapping". The metre of the poem is more or less iambic; eight syllables to each line and rhymed in stanzas of four lines. We see a phrase without a verb written as sentence: "An expert". The poet uses contrast very well like the father's control is effortless "clicking tongue" while the powerful horses "sweating team" strain, and how the young Seamus "wanted to grow up and plough." but all he "ever did was follow". In conclusion the 'Follower' is more effective than the 'Imitations' as it has better language used and their you go. By Tajinder Ghattaora 11c ...read more.

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