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Compare and contrast two poems that you have studied.

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Compare and contrast two poems that you have studied The two poems that I have chosen to compare and contrast are 'Composed upon Westminster bridge' by William Wordsworth and 'Island man' by Grace Nichols. Westminster Bridge is set in London and William Wordsworth is trying to tell us how beautiful London is. However the poem 'Island man' is set in a person's dream about the Caribbean and in this poem Grace Nichols is writing about how bad London is. William Wordsworth was born 7th April 1770 and died 1850. He was best known as a nature poet. He spent most of his time in the Lake District and some of his best poems were about the Lake District. He was born in Cockersmith in the Lake District. He was taught at Anne Bricket's School in Penrith where his future wife was also taught, Mary Hutchinson. Grace Nichols was born in 1950 in Guyana in the West Indies. ...read more.

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Here she uses the colour emerald to describe the island. Then to describe the buildings, footpaths and the roads of London she uses the phrase 'comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar.' This description of the footpaths gives a very good contrast to the Caribbean scene In Wordsworth poem to describe the flow of the river he writes 'the river glideth at his own sweets will' and it is as if the river is flowing at its own pace. To describe the tranquility of London he uses the phrase 'in his first splendour, valley rock or hill, ne'er saw I never felt a calm so deep.' Grace Nichols uses some litery devices. Firstly in the 5th paragraph, she uses an oxymoron by saying 'comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheels to dull north circular roar.' She then uses rhyme in the 5th paragraph by using the two words 'soar' and 'roar' in as many lines. ...read more.

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He furthermore makes us feel that London is huge and important place by using vocabulary like 'Majesty' and 'Mighty heart'. I like the way he uses all his poetic devices as they work truly fine to express London as a nice place. I believe that Grace Nichols should feel disappointed; as for me her poem has no effect. I feel that her poem sounds a slight bit weird as she uses the word "groggily" and then she repeats it, which in it's own right is unique but doesn't sound right. Besides these disadvantages it has one, but not many advantages. I liked the way she uses colours to describe the Caribbean and London in this poem. overall this poem has no effect. I prefer 'Composed upon Westminster bridge' by William Wordsworth as It has more detail and uses unique words to depict London where as 'Island man by Grace Nichols is unusual and doesn't have t he same finesse as Wordsworth's poem. Wordsworth's poem sounds and looks more like a common poem while Grace Nichol's does not. William Wordsworth Grace Nichols Kieran Chappell 4 Layde ...read more.

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