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

Compare and contrast "First Love" by John Clare and "Long Distance" by Tony Harrison.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"First Love" by John Clare and "Long Distance" by Tony Harrison After having read a selection of poems from Best Words, I have decided to write about two. "First Love," by John Clair and "Long Distance," by Tony Harrison. Booth of these poems have a central theme of love but in two different ways. 'First Love' is a powerful poem about the feelings that Clair had towards a young and very attractive woman who was the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Clair knew he would never be able to get this woman due to the class system of that time. Clair grew up in extreme poverty and he worked the land from the age of seven. Due to his background his health both physically and mentally began to fail him as he hit middle age. He suffered from many delusions and the last year of his life where spent in an asylum. From examining the poem in greater depth I can see Clair's clever use of language. ...read more.

Middle

My heart has left its dwelling-place And can return no more. After having read this poem by Clair I have begun to relies that falling in love to a beautiful woman will not always to nice. Love can hurt people and in Clair's case causes him to break down. This poem made me feel almost sorry for Clair because of him coming from such a bad background and ending up dieing with nothing at all because of one attractive young woman. The second poem I have decided to write about is 'Long Distance' by Tony Harrison. This poem is from a sequence of different poem Harrison wrote to come to terms with the death of his parents. Like 'First love' this poem is about love, but this kind of love is the kind you have to a very close family members like your parents or grandparents not someone you would have a relationship with. This poem if powerful for everyone because it deals with an issue than we all will have to face in our lives or have faced already. ...read more.

Conclusion

The final stanza has shown that Harrison is no different from his dad when it comes to grieving for a loved one. The first two lines though, give the impression that Harrison is mocking his father and fell he as act ridiculous. 'I believe life ends in death,' and ' You haven't both gone shopping;'. Both of these lines give you the opinion that Harrison as no respect for his father but the final lines of the poem, and the most powerful shows that even though he belief life ends in death he still does things his father did. In my new black leather phone book there's your name And the disconnected number I still call. I believe both poems are written very well. They both give two powerful views on love. I prefer Harrison's 'Long Distance' as it has started me thinking how I shall act when my loved ones die and it is a poem all people can relate to. Jack Park 9069 English ...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 Love Poetry 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 Love Poetry essays

  1. Examine the ways in which Tony Harrison Presents language, education, love Family and relationships ...

    A Night you need my company to pass And she not here to tell us we're alike!" Despite the regular pattern, Harrison takes us from image to image, jumping fragmentally from different ideas, this reflects the disarray of grief, but the ordered structure counteracts that

  2. Critical Analysis:The Good Morrow by John Donne.

    For example, an image of male dominance in the poem would probably mean that the poem is directed more towards men than to women. Although there is no such imagery apparent in the poem, the sexual connotation and erotic puns imply that this poem might be meant for a male audience.

  1. Compare the poems "Long distance" and "My Grandmother."

    Moreover, regarding the main characters as the grandmother and father, both of them attempt to preserve something. In "Long distance" the father would "put hot water bottles her side of the bed" and "renew her transport pass," evidently he is attempting to preserve the memory of his beloved wife emphasising the "raw love" he has for her.

  2. How does Tony Harrison explore the theme of place

    The poem follows through, mentioning places such as Buchenwald and Auschwitz, mainly due to their fame which acts as a symbolism of World War 2.

  1. three Tony Harrison poems

    I believe that the father's death may have occurred in 'Long Distance', between the two parts of the poem. I have made this clarification because the second part of the poem is written using past tense whilst commenting on the father.

  2. Compare and analyse themes of loss and isolation in looking for dad and the ...

    parents put him through so much grief, he came through it all and has found his fears to be totally unjustified. Patten has successfully maintained a loving and caring relationship with someone, which he thought earlier could never be the case.

  1. 'Looking For Dad,' and 'The Sick Equation' by Brian Patten, and 'Long Distance' by ...

    He keeps himself going, by keeping all of her possessions around him to remind himself of her. If he did not do this, the grief would become too much for him, and he would not be able to cope. There are no complicated words or long complex sentences in any of the three poems.

  2. How Is The Theme Of Love Presented In The Poem's Cousin Kate And Maude ...

    Maude Clare as he is marrying another women and also his bride Nell, as he is showing his love and desire for someone else. In both of these poems pre marriage pregnancies occur. In Cousin Kate we don't find out till the very end.

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