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Compare the way the relationships between members of different generations are presented in the 'Follower', 'Baby-Sitting' and 'On My First Sonne' and 'The Affliction of Margaret'.

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Compare the way the relationships between members of different generations are presented in the 'Follower', 'Baby-Sitting' and 'On My First Sonne' and 'The Affliction of Margaret'. Write about: * What the relationships between generations are like in the poems * The ways in which the relationships are similar and different * The methods the poets use to show what the relationships are like * Which of the poems you like best and why Follower, Baby-Sitting, On My First Sonne and The Affliction of Margaret all show a parent/child relationship. The relationship between these two generations is stressed by the poets in various ways including the ways that the younger member 'stumbles' and 'falls'. In 'Follower', By Seamus Heaney, Heaney writes about the way that a son follows his father who works on a horse plough. The relationship between the young and the old in this poem is reasonably simple - the younger person (the son) is portrayed as weak and young (typical view of a child) ...read more.

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In 'On My First Sonne', by Ben Jonson, a relationship is expressed between the deceased child's father and the deceased boy. The poem is simple, and illustrates the love that Ben Jonson feels for his son, and the grief he bears as the result of his son's death. Jonson feels that he sinned: 'my sinne was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy'. He believes that his sin was wanting too much for his son, and his punishment was to have his son taken away from him. Lines 3 and 4 are about the 'lending of his son from God'. Jonson believes that his son has been 'lent' by God and agreed to God, and he will be returned on the 'just day', meaning the death of his son. In 'The Affliction of Margaret', William Wordsworth writes about the frustration a mother bears because she does not know where her son is. Margaret does not know where her son his, and the mystery is never solved as we never hear of the fate of her son. ...read more.

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All of the poems show a relationship between members of different generations. Seamus Heaney, in 'Follower' writes about how he used to follow in his fathers footsteps, literally, when his father used to work on the horse plough and also metaphorically: he wants to follow in his fathers footsteps. Heaney illustrates the difference between the son and father in that the father is seen as masterful, and the child is portrayed as clumsy. In 'Baby-Sitting', Clarke writes about the events when she baby sat a young child and the difference and anxiety she felt because she knew that the child was not hers. In 'On My First Sonne', Jonson writes about the loss of his son and the feelings for him after his death and how he writes the poem as thought his son can actually hear him. This ironic because he cannot; and finally in 'The Affliction of Margaret', Wordsworth writes about the frustration felt by a lady called Margaret who does not know where her son is and hasn't seen him for a long time. ?? ?? ?? ?? COMPARISON ESSAY NUMBER 5 6TH NOV 04 GEORGE EDWARDS ...read more.

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