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Compare the Ways that Poets Write About Violence in at least four of the Poems you have studied. Remember to Compare the Violence in Poems and how the Poets Present the Young People by the Way they write about them.

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Rachael Elliott 11d Compare the Ways that Poets Write About Violence in at least four of the Poems you have studied. Remember to Compare the Violence in Poems and how the Poets Present the Young People by the Way they write about them. Along with Armitage's "Hitcher", there are three other appropriate poems connected with violence. "The Man He Killed" by Thomas Harding, which is about a soldier describing the needless death of soldiers in battle. "The Laboratory" by Robert Browning, which is a betrayed lover seeking revenge on her rivals. "Education for Leisure" by Carol Ann Duffy which is the portrayal of a disturbed mind with murderous intentions. Although the obvious link between these poems is the topic of violence the poets use many different styles of writing, specific vocabulary and characters to convey the many different forms violence takes. "Hitcher" by Armitage contains many clich�s and irrelevant details such as "A Vauxhall Astra. It was hired." This colloquial language is disturbing because it is materialistic and real, this irrelevant statement is so random that it provokes the reader to wonder about the mental stability of the speaker, posing the question of whether the situation is possible or the character pschycologically realistic. There are many details like this such as place names; it is very effective as it brings a sense of reality to extreme violence that is murder. ...read more.

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Anything." This is purposeful in the same way that "Laboratory" is, however the language is less elaborate. In "Hitcher" the point of concentration is on the act of murder rather than the motive which is the same in "Education for Leisure". The same arrogance is also apparent "They don't appreciate my autograph." In "Hitcher" is the quote "...and didn't even swerve". The same mentality of an uneducated person spending their day doing outrageous things for no apparent reason is shown in both poems. The difference between the two is that the speaker in "Education for Leisure" makes a statement of intention which sounds terrible and then goes on to do very little until the end, and even then the reader is not sure how capable the speaker is of committing murder. Where as in "Hitcher" there is no statement of intention or melodramatic opening line. The speaker in "Education for Leisure" blames his teachers and family for failing him but still wishes to play God over small creatures such as a goldfish, he quotes the book of Genesis from the bible "I see that it is good" this boasting is almost comic in that it is so pathetic yet his arrogance still shows. Through the whole poem the word "I" is put sixteen times. As in "Hitcher" the sentences are short and sharp for emphatic effect. However the speaker in "Education for Leisure doesn't seem to be as capable or as disturbed as the speaker in "Hitcher", there doesn't appear to be any real violence. ...read more.

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The approaches are all very different. In the older poem "Laboratory" the point of interest is not the act of murder but the reasoning and methods behind it. This is maybe more believable than the modern ideas in "Hitcher" and "Education for Leisure" where there is no motive and a dark humour that casts doubt in the reader's mind. The characters are all twisted or warped in some way, all except in "The Man He Killed" which could and most likely did happen to many young men and so audiences can identify more with the meaning behind the words. The death in "The Man He Killed" would be classed by many as not the same as murder. This is because he was under instruction and would face death himself if he had not taken the upper hand, whereas the others are out of preference. In general the earlier poems such as "Laboratory" elaborate the story behind the murder and the emotions involved, but not so much on the act of murder. In "Laboratory" the murder is yet to be carried out. In the more modern poems like "Hitcher" the speaker doesn't even give one reason as why he killed an innocent hippy. There is a great amount of detail on the killing and a dark comic slant on the situation, this humour is also shown in "Education for Leisure" as the speaker makes pathetic attempts to play God right up to the end of the poem. Even then it is left to the imagination of the reader as to what may or may not happen next. ...read more.

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