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Compare and contrast "White Roses" with "Stop all the Clocks."

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Kayleigh Thompson Welsh Poetry Essay. -Compare and contrast "White Roses" with "Stop all the Clocks." "White Roses" is about a young boy who dies. It was written by Gillian Clarke, a modern Welsh poet. The title of the poem is ironic, because "White Roses" suggests youth, beauty and innocence. The poem starts with, "Outside the green velvet sitting room" This suggests luxury and wealth. The use of the colour green is also very indicative, because the colour green suggests spring and fertility and overall life. This is in contrast with the theme of the poem, which is suppoused to be one of death, but in actuality, it is as much about life as it is of death. The next two verses fit in with the theme of green, fertility and springtime. "White roses bloom after rain" "They hold water and sunlight" This is a simile. Water and sunlight are essential to life, which interlock with the theme of life. The newly-bloomed white roses are only still alive because of the water and sunlight they hold. The reader is then taken inside , to a scene of sickness and disease. "Within the boy who sleeps in my care, In the big chair" "Big chair" suggests that this boy is a very small boy. The boy awakens to pain. ...read more.

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It contains to do normal cat things. "and without concern the rose outlives the child" The cruelty of nature is simply, everything was made to die. Although a child has died, the rose still lives. The message of the poem is basically the fact that life goes on. "Stop all the Clocks" was written by W.H.Auden. He was homosexual. Homosexuality in the time of W.H. Auden was illegal. It was considered immoral. The poets homosexuality is important in "Stop all the Clocks" because its about the death of his lover. "Stop all the Clocks" is a poem full of grief and mourning . A poem full of sadness and heartache. In the peom W.H. Auden expresses how he wants to clear the Earth of beauty and nature for he feels that they are useless to him now. His world has ended. The mood and tone of the poem is one of despair and grief. "I thought that love would last forever I was wrong" His mood is of anger and anguish. Anger and anguish that his partner has left him and anger that he's never coming back. His everything has gone. "He was my North, my South, my East, my West My working week and my Sunday rest" These verses reflect on just how much the poet depended on his partner. ...read more.

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They both show this through nature, though in different ways. All the two peoms are, is a mere reflection of death. The two people involved in the poems, the boy and the lover are kept completly anonymus. Another thing that the poems both share, is their sad, depressin and desolant endings. The contrasts between "White Roses" and "Stop all the Clocks" are that their rhyme schemes are different. "White Roses" is written in second person narrative, where-as "Stop all the Clocks" is written in first person narrative. "Stop all the Clocks" is also a more personal poem where as "White Roses" is more vauge and abstract. More objective . "White Roses" is about a child, who was not close to the poet, dying. "Stop all the Clocks" is a poem all about grieving and mourning for a lover, a partner. It is about the complete and utter outpouring of grief. "White Roses" is simply a reflection of death. The poem I prefer is "Stop all the Clocks", because I feel it is a more significant poem than "White Roses" simply because it is a more personal poem. A poem full of heartache, grief and despair that someone the poet truly loved has gone forever. I feel it is a more realistic poem. Although "White Roses" is a sad poem, "Stop all the Clocks" is a sadder poem. Full of an overwhelming sense of grief and of loss. ...read more.

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