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Compare the ways the poets explore the parentchild relationship in 4 poems. Write about "Catrin" & compare it with one poem by Heaney and two from the "Bank"

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Compare the ways the poets explore the parent/child relationship in 4 poems. Write about "Catrin" & compare it with one poem by Heaney and two from the "Bank". The poets explore in many different ways the parent/child relationship. For example, in "Catrin", Clarke splits the poem into two clear stanzas to explore the parent and child relationship at different times in Catrin's life. In the first stanza, the mother is in a labour ward in a hospital, before labour, as she looks out of the window, and during labour. She also uses repetition of the phrase "I can" to emphasize the strong, bold idea of her memories. Additionally, she uses clinical imagery to convey the hospital room as being "hot, white" and "square environmental blank, disinfected" to convey the cleanliness of the hospital. To express the relation between the child and parent as being strong and always connected, Clarke uses an extended metaphor of the umbilical cord which connects the mother and baby daughter as a "tight red rope of love". ...read more.

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Wordsworth conveys the relationship between a Margaret and her lost son as slow moving and not fluent by ending most of the lines in a punctuation mark which requires the reader to pause or stop and sympathise with Margaret. However, there are a few lines that use enjambement and do run on, for example, "to have received no tidings of an only child". This adds a restless quality to each stanza and this conveys her mind. Similar to Clarke, Wordsworth effectively uses repetition in "Where art thou" to emphasize the remorse and stress a very distant relationship can be, if one. The general tone of Wordsworth's poem is of the sorrow, pleading and pitiful sorrow Margaret has of her lost son. This tone is strongly conveyed in the last stanza as he writes, "my troubles, and beyond relief: if any chance to heave a sigh". This conveys to readers that losing a loved one can be a very stressful time and you may be left with "no other earthly friend". ...read more.

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He vividly recollects back to their time and their way of life to show readers that relationships can last for very long times and they will never be forgotten. Additionally, he uses a simile, which is quite rare in the selection of poems, of "snug as a gun" to suggest that his pen could also be like a weapon and that it is powerful in his hand. He uses alliteration in "squelch" and "slap" to convey the physical impact of the work his father and grandfather did and onomatopoeia to convey the sound the peat makes as it is cut. This all builds up an auditory description that helps the readers not only visualize a picture but also to sound the picture. Overall, there are many ways in which the poets convey their feelings and attitudes to parent/child relationships. However, I believe that the most effective way is through the use of metaphors as used in "Catrin" and "Digging" as they can convey complicated ideas to the readers in very intelligent yet short sentences. ...read more.

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