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

Compare poems written by Carol Ann Duffy and Sylvia Plath.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The poems written by Carol Ann Duffy and Sylvia Plath can be interpreted in many ways, but by looking into both poems in a deeper meaning you can quickly see that they are both alike in many ways. The poems have a subject, which is fairly similar, both project imagery of holy metaphors, both within them have many contrasts, and both have the same mood, and many more. Within the poems they are reflective and portray certain feelings to the reader. Each of the poems were written for a specific reason to give the reader an insight to their own emotions, the War Photographer was written to show the life of a photographer who's job was to capture images from war-scenes, and bring ...read more.

Middle

In the War Photographer, the poet describes developing the photos as a holy act, and that the dark room with only dim light, represents a church with dim candles flickering. Plath's poem talks of the mirror being "The eye of a little God," describing how the candles are liars, not showing the true person. The act of worship is carried out within the poem as the girl had spent so much time in front of the mirror, she had begun to worship the mirror. The moods of both poems are morbid, reflective and spiritual. They both talk of death and are therefore morbid in the way they make the reader feel when they read the two poems. ...read more.

Conclusion

I found the two poems very different in subject, however they make the reader feel the same way. War Photographer is a factual poem which leaves you open to interpretation by the reader as to whether you personally react to things you read in the papers, whether you don't care just because it's not happening to you. The second poem, is a poem which many people can relate to, especially teenagers of this time, as many teenagers become insecure at this stage in their lives. The way the poet described the obsession which developed could be related to many people. Zo� Reynolds 04/05/2007 "Write an essay comparing the poems War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy and Mirror by Sylvia Plath looking particularly at contrasts within both the poems." ...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 Sylvia Plath 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 Sylvia Plath essays

  1. What happens in the story? Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit is a short ...

    The war represents unpleasant reality. There is a perfect illustration of this when the children go to the cinema. They expect to see a delightful children's fantasy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. But there is a supporting feature, which appears to be a US propaganda film.

  2. How is Sylvia Plath's life reflected in the poems

    After that she writes about her first two attempts to suicide: "Nevertheless, I am the same, identical woman./The first time it happened I was ten./It

  1. How do Hughes and Hardy both use memory in their poems?

    Ted then tries to justify the failing of his marriage by talking about how he didn't accept the fox, so he had done something right.

  2. Compare and contrast Sylvia Plath 'Blackberrying', Sylvia Plath 'Mirror' and Elizabeth Jennings 'My Grandmother' ...

    The description of the grandchild's relationship with her grandmother is very interesting, how they are virtually afraid of each other and when the grandchild turns down the offer to go out with her, there is a enormous feeling of awkwardness between the two, how nothing was ever said between them

  1. A Trapped Life: The Autobiographical Elements of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.

    a passion for minute accuracy in recording the physical, and not afraid to be caustic or discordant" (West 8). West also wrote, "She has a way of putting catastrophe casually, without frills, and you wince at the zombie decorum with which she does it."

  2. Discuss the presentation of death within Plath's poetry, commenting upon how your view compares ...

    Everything appears blurred to the speaker who does not wish to absorb anything about her surroundings "Stupid pupil, it has to take everything in" she reflects on her life as "A thirty-year-old cargo boat" carrying the cargo of her family and responsibilities.

  1. The three poems I have chosen to compare are 'A Parental Ode To My ...

    The metaphors help to create this style and it would sound very poetic, but when you read all the phrases in the brackets (the real behaviour of the boy) you see that it is in fact just mocking the metaphors.

  2. Critical Commentary on The Arrival of the Bee Box written by Sylvia Plath.

    The repetition of the word "dark" emphasises the sense of the unknown. It reminds her of "swarmy feeling of African hands minute and shrunk for export". Here her role in relation to the box is that of slave trader or colonising exporter.

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