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Compare and Contrast how feelings of fear and confusion are conveyed through the use of imagery and other poetic techniques.

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  • Submitted: 30/10/2003
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GCSE Seamus Heaney

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Compare and Contrast how feelings of fear and confusion are conveyed through the use of imagery and other poetic techniques.

I am going to compare the use of poetic devices to portray fear and confusion in 3 different poems, they are; Patrolling Barnegat by Walt Whitman, On the Train by Gillian Clarke, and Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney. These poems all portray a feeling of confusion, often it is linked with the theme of war. In Patrolling Barnegat, Walt Whitman uses repetition to enhance the power of the storm he is describing.

"Wild, Wild the storm, and the sea high running"

The repetition of wild in this line helps to enforce the power of the storm and nature. Whitman also uses personification in this line where he compares the movement of the sea to a person running, as if he is saying that the sea will move for nobody. He is also making it sound as if the sea is rushing to get somewhere as if it is on a mission. Whitman also incorporates rhyme in his poem. This gives his poem a strong rhythm and this rhythm ties in with the image of

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