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Compare the ways in which Relationships are presented in four poems, one Duffy, one Armitage, one Pre 1914 and one of your own choice.

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Compare the ways in which Relationships are presented in four poems, one Duffy, one Armitage, one Pre 1914 and one of your own choice. The four poems I have decided to compare are 'Before You Were Mine' by Carol Ann Duffy, a Pre 1914 'On My First Sonne' by Ben Jonson 'Mother, Any Distance' and 'Homecoming' by Simon Armitage. Both of the poems by Simon Armitage, 'Homecoming' and 'Mother, Any Distance' are both about the relationship between a parent and son. To be specific the poem 'Homecoming' is about the relationship between a son and his parents, how much freedom and trust he receives from them. Whereas the poem 'Mother, Any Distance' is about the relationship between a son and his mother and how much independence and again freedom she gives him. The poem 'Before You Were Mine' is again about the relationship between a mother and daughter, but here the poem is about what it must have been like before the daughter had come into the mother's life. The Pre 1914 poem 'On my First Sonne' is about a relationship between a father and his son, although the son has died. The structure of 'On My First Sonne' is very simple. ...read more.

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For example a lot of measurement and distances are used in this poem, 'single span' which is a measurement but could also mean a 'life span'. The attitudes towards each parent/child relationships vary between the different poems. In 'On My Fist Sonne' Jonson creates a sad attitude. However the fact that his son is dead has allowed him to come to term with what has happened. He says that perhaps death is the best state to be in, as his son has 'scap'd world, and fleshes rage'. Whereas in the poem 'Homecoming' there is a lot of tension in the atmosphere and anger too. In lines 8-10 the mother is very angry with her child. The feelings about the relationships in the pre 1914 poem are less clear cut. In 'Before You Were Mine' the poet admires her mother's rebellious life before she was born; she calls her mother 'Marilyn', which shows she sees her as a glamorous mother. However the poet seems to think her own birth deprived her mother of this exciting life, forcing her to be responsible. In comparison to this in the poem 'Mother, Any Distance' the poet appreciates the fact that he can turn on his mother if he needs her. ...read more.

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I also believe that the first colour used yellow implies that the jacket is vivid and colourful unlike the darkness and uncertainty of most of the memories in this poem. Another use of metaphor in this poem is the phone box, 'I'm waiting by the phone', I believe this is an image of freedom. In the last stanza the boy is also seen as the jacket and this poem can be linked to the pre 1914 'On My First Sonne'. There is also a variety of metaphors used in this poem, 'Jonson his best piece of poetrie' I think this is also saying that his son was his best creation and Ben is comparing his poetry to his son. Another example of metaphorical language used in 'On My First Sonne' is the third line of the poem. Ben here has used money as a metaphor, Jonson's son was 'lent' to him for seven years and now he has to 'pay' his debt through the death of his son. 'Before You Were Mine' uses metaphors to illustrate the relationship between the mother and daughter. Overall in all of these poems the point of view is written from either the son or daughter except for the Pre 1914 which is written from the father's point of view. Each poet expresses their own personal feelings differently about their parent/child relationship. ?? ?? ?? ?? Niarah Ahmad ...read more.

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