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Compare the ways that a range of poems explore social issues. Falling leaves, belfast confetti, ruined maid

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Compare the ways that a range of poems explore social issues. All four poems depict different social issues. Belfast Confetti is about the riots that broke out in Northern Ireland and whether the country should be protestant or catholic. London is a poem about social inequality and the poverty in London at the time. The church controlled the country at the time this poem was written. Falling leaves is the women's point of view on war. Ruined Maid is also the women's point of view on life in London in the Victorian Era. All these poems depict suffering in some way or another due to social circumstances. Belfast Confetti uses many languages devices to grab the audience's attention. One of the main devices he uses is punctuation. This ironic use of punctuation says that the crafts of creating a poem are mirrored in the events of the story. He also uses leader dots to force the reader to think about social unrest. This is a clear way to involve the reader. He writes the poem in first person to make the poem more personal and have more impact. ...read more.

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He tries to give the reader an image of what it felt like to be caught up in the riots. Conversely, in London the tone conveys to the reader more despair and helplessness than Belfast Confetti. He uses situations such as "Harlot's curse" to show the social problems that the population was facing. The tone and mood of the London and Belfast Confetti are very similar as the topic is around the same issue. Both Blake and Carson are angry about how the situation is being dealt with. They want some constructive action to be taken about the situation at hand. The 4th quatrain of London projects the anger very well. He uses powerful words such as "blasts" and "marriage hearse". The mood not as complex as Belfast Confetti however not as simple as Falling Leaves. Margaret Postgate Cole uses this allegorical device to show her opinion on war. She thought that war was unnecessary and nit needed. She described the men being "strewed like snowflakes". She is trying to use this cannon fodder to show us how they throw away soldiers and leave them there to die and waste away. ...read more.

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People in those days were very judgemental and didn't mix with other classes people knew their place and stuck to it. This topic of social discrimination is again brought up by the Hardy who illustrates the life of a ruined woman very well. She has no reputation as she is ruined and we can see this by the way she starts "O didn't you know I'd been ruined". Overall, we can see that Belfast Confetti and London are about experiences that have happened to the poet. They both were about the same issues in life and both were trying to persuade the audience that this was not the way life should be. Falling Leaves and The Ruined Maid show us the women's view and place in life in the Victorian era. They wanted the reader to lead a better life by reading their experiences and make the world a better place to live in. They wanted freedom and for people to live harmoniously together not to be fighting like in Belfast Confetti or social discriminating people because of their wealth and place in society as a whole like in London and Ruined Maid. In my opinion I think these poems present us with great social unrest. They are very symbolic poems and illustrate great meanings. ...read more.

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