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Compare the similarities and differences between two poems. "Woman Work" written by Maya Angelou, which is about a Woman who works all the time and just wants to rest. The second poem is called "overheard in County Sigo" written by Gillian Clarke

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In this essay I am going to compare the similarities and differences between two poems. "Woman Work" written by Maya Angelou, which is about a Woman who works all the time and just wants to rest. The second poem is called "overheard in County Sigo" written by Gillian Clarke which is about a married Woman having a conversation with her friend about her life and looking back at what her ambitions were. "Woman Work" is a regular 5 stanza, rhyming poem, it is set in southern USA. We know this because of the way she talks "The cane to be cut" Cane is grown in southern USA, "I gotta clean up this hut" Hut is what she calls her house "And the cotton to Pick" cotton also grows in USA. It's about this woman who's either single or doesn't get any help from her partner/husband. She's always doing something, looking after the children - "I've got the children to tend", housework - "I gotta clean up this hut", shopping - "The food to shop" or farm work, - "The cane to be cut", "And the cotton to pick". ...read more.

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The theme in "Overheard in county Sligo" is basically life, it's all about a Woman having a conversation with a friend or someone she knows and someone else just happened to be listening. The housewife is telling her friend about herself, and the fact that she wanted to leave her life but she never did - "the freedoms there for the taking" In "Woman Work" the poet Maya Angelou has made it so the reader can see a woman doing all this Working the reader's head, and how life must have been like for her. There are no similes in this poem. None of the 5 stanza's are used to evoke reactions in the poem either. "Woman Work" has a long forts stanza and all the other stanzas are 4 lines ones. "Overheard in County Sligo" has regular 4 lined stanzas all the way through the poem in all of the 5 stanzas. When reading "Woman Work" the first stanza has no punctuation until the last line, so it is breathtaking. ...read more.

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The message that the poet is trying to get across in the poem "Overheard in County Sligo" is that sometimes you want more than you've got, you're not happy but then you're not unhappy enough to leave where you are and that most of the things you want to do when you grow up you never do. I haven't really thought much about poems, I don't like them and I don't understand them. I think that poets are just writing poems for fun/money and that there isn't much point behind them. Like storeys ok some of them are based from real life experiences of the writer but I don't see how that is going to help us, apart from it teaches us to read. I don't really like reading books, poems and stuff. Maya angelou, born April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She lectures throughout the US and abroad and is Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981. ...read more.

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