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Compare the relationships and emotions in the following poems; "Home Burial, "Long Distance" and "My Grandmother".

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Poetry Coursework I am going to compare the relationships and emotions in the following poems; "Home Burial, "Long Distance" and "My Grandmother". In all three of these poems, there is a common theme. They are all to do with the breakdown in communication and relationships between family and have characters, which are dealing with grief. Each of the poems tackles these themes in different ways. The first poem" Home Burial" is a dramatic narrative poem in which we are presented with a couple whose marriage is in crisis, It explores how the different responses of a husband and a wife of the death of their child has had a damaging affect on their relationship. The poem "Long Distance" is written by a son reflecting on the experience of his fathers' grief of the loss of his wife. In the final poem, the poet writes an account of the life and death of her grandmother and how she responds to it. The wife from "Home Burial" is stood upon the top of their stairs looking out at the mound under where her child is buried. "What is it you see? She in her place refused him any help." ...read more.

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The man calls back after her, "I'll follow you and bring you back by force. I will!-" This powerful language shows he is angry and is determined to get her back and sort their problems through. The atmosphere throughout this poem is very tense. In "Home Burial" I can find a range of different tones like anger, "You make me angry. I'll come down to you." Bitterness, "Blind creature."Distress, "Don't, Don't, Don't." Grief, sorrow and sadness "If you had any feelings you that dug with your own hand-how could you?-His little grave." Frustration, "Cant a man speak of his son hes lost? Agression, "Ill follow you and bring you back by force. I will!" All of these emotions show how tense the couple are towards each other and the lack of comfort there is present. Unlike "Home Burial"; a conversational poem with no rhyme scheme, "Long Distance" is a rhyming poem, written in four line verses using a rhyme scheme of ABAB. "Long Distance" is a poem in a sequence, which Tony Harrison explores how he comes to terms with death in his family. Although these two poems deal with grief they both differ in their approach. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is also why her granddaughter didn't want to go down with her because she didn't feel close enough. "Later too frail to keep a shop, she put all her best things in one long narrow room" This indicates that her life is ending soon an that she is going to die with the things that have been her life over so many years as these antiques have stood in the way of any strong relationship with a person. "The smell of absences where the shadows come that can't be polished," The poet uses this metaphor to portray the absences like relationships, which would have filled her life. When the grandmother found a mark on her antiques she wipes them away as she does so with people by pushing them aside. In contrast to the other two poems, she feels guilt rather than grief. "And when she died I felt no grief at all, only the guilt of what I once refused" The reason why she felt no grief because she was never a big part in her life so it was no great loss for her although she was left with guilt for not going down town with her and making the effort to bond. Just as "Long Distance" has a rhyme scheme so does "My Grandmother" which follows an ABABCC rhyme scheme throughout four verses. Cheryl Conway-11b ...read more.

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