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Compare the attitudes the poets have towards death. You should look at "Cold Knap Lake" by Gillian Clarke and compare it with any one poem by Seamus Heaney and two poems from the pre-1914 poetry book.

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Compare the attitudes the poets have towards death. You should look at "Cold Knap Lake" by Gillian Clarke and compare it with any one poem by Seamus Heaney and two poems from the pre-1914 poetry book I am going to compare "Cold Knap Lake" by Gillian Clarke with "Death of a Naturalist" by Seamus Heaney. They are both about death in their own special way. In "Cold Knap Lake", the person almost dies and "Death of a Naturalist" is about the person's enthusiasm of nature dying. They are both autobiographical because it is the poet's own experience they are writing about. I am then going to compare "The Laboratory" and "My Last Duchess". These two are also about death but also about murder. In "My Last Duchess", the person speaking ahs already committed the murder but in "The Laboratory", the speaker is deciding how to commit the murder on her lovers girlfriend. ...read more.

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The colour scheme is changed from cold colours e.g. blue to warm colours e.g. rosy. The child is then hit by her father for getting into trouble. In the last two lines of the poem, there is a death of a different sort. This is the death of memories that lie beneath the water. In "Death of a Naturalist", there is a death but of a different nature. This is the death of the enthusiasm for nature and the birth of maturity. The first verse is talking about all the horrible things, all the things that little boys should like. By the second verse, all the tadpoles have grown into frogs and Seamus Heaney does not like it. He finds them revolting as he has finally seen them in a different light. ...read more.

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Both the poems are dramatic monologues which means that there is only one person talking throughout the poem. In "The Laboratory", you start to feel sorry for the girl as you know that she wants to poison the girl that her lover has fallen for. This is also about jealousy, yet this girl has admitted it. As they are both fiction, you know that they are not autobiographical. My favourite poem out of the four has to be "The Laboratory". This is because, of all the beautiful descriptions of the potions: "soft phial, the exquisite blue." "gold oozings come" "sure to taste sweetly, - is that poison too?" all three of these descriptions sound like something from the Harry Potter books as they sound all magical and mysterious as you wonder if they are poisons or love potions. Ruth McKee 10MC ...read more.

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