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Compare the effectiveness of the ending of Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare with the effectiveness of the endings of one poem by Simon Armitage, one poem by Carol Ann Duffy and one other poem from the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank. (36

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Introduction

Compare the effectiveness of the ending of 'Sonnet 130' by William Shakespeare with the effectiveness of the endings of one poem by Simon Armitage, one poem by Carol Ann Duffy and one other poem from the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank. (36 marks) The poets of 'Sonnet 130'; 'Mother any distance'; 'Salome' and 'The Laboratory' all use the endings of their poems to leave a distinctive and memorable ending in the reader's mind which captivate what the poem is about. The language in the poem adds to the overall effectiveness of the ending. In 'Salome', language shows Salome's disturbing behaviour. The horrific imagery of 'sticky red sheets' is revolting. Whilst the casual, colloquial language - 'ain't life a bitch' - is cold and distasteful in this context and it thoroughly conveys the sadistic, malevolent psyche of Salome. ...read more.

Middle

In 'Sonnet 130', most of the poem features alternate lines rhyming. However, the ending has a rhyming couplet. Despite the poem being in one stanza (sonnet form), it sets the ending away from the rest of the poem and provides a concluding tone. This is further shown by the indentation of the two lines. The fact that the rest of the poem is comparing her to descriptions of other women and the conclusion is just focussed solely on her, shows that she can't be compared to anyone else and she cannot be categorised as just a women; she is 'rare'. Similarly, rhyme is used in 'Mother' to also provide a concluding effect. The rhyming of 'sky'/'fly' emphasises his freedom, optimism and excitement. Excitement is also shown in 'The Laboratory'. The caesura provides a quickened, excited rhythm whilst the hyphen and enjambments lead to brief pauses. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poem's ending also provides a solution to the ambiguity of the beginning of the poem - 'I've done it before' - which is shocking and unexpected. Whereas, the excited tone of 'The Laboratory' is equally disturbing; she must be extremely upset and jealous to contemplate murder, let alone be excited for it. 'Sonnet 130''s ending's tone is also shocking. The beginning of the poem seemed rude and offensive; however, the tone shifts to a more romantic one as he implies that he loves her because of her differences and she deserves the truth. In conclusion, I think all the endings are effective as they all left memorable, individual impressions on me which set the poems apart from others. I think having a distinctive ending is critical part of the poem as it leaves an original, thought-provoking and positive impression on the reader. ...read more.

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