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Compare the ways the poets use imagery in four or more of the poems you have studied. You should write about 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney and compare it with at least one poem by Gillian Clarke and two poems from the pre-1914 bank.

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Compare the ways the poets use imagery in four or more of the poems you have studied. You should write about 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney and compare it with at least one poem by Gillian Clarke and two poems from the pre-1914 bank. 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney, 'Catrin' by Gillian Clarke, 'The Little Boy Lost' by William Blake and 'Tichborne's Elegy' by Charles Tichborne are the four poems that are going to be compared. Each of these poems all contain images which create a feeling of apprehension and express feelings of insecurity and uncertainty. 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney uses images in concern to his future as a poet following his family all being farmers. Perhaps the most central image of the poem is contained on line two, "The squat pen rests; snug as a gun". This image expresses Seamus Heaney's pen as a gun, and that he could use it to be as powerful or as weak as he wants. Following this introductory image to the poem, Seamus Heaney goes on to use imagery that expresses his pride at his farming family, yet his feeling not belonging as he watches his grandfather work on the farm. ...read more.


Similarly, Seamus Heaney used "The squat pen rests; snug as a gun", using the reverse spelling of snug (with dropping the's') to write 'gun' in the same line to emphasise the image of his pen being a weapon. "The squat pen rests; snug as a gun" also shows great contrast with 'snug' being a comfortable and secure word while 'gun' is a word that conjures up images of violence and war. This type of negative, contrasted, imagery is used throughout 'Tichborne's Elegy' to emphasise loss. Charles Tichborne uses images such as "my crop of corn is but a field of tares" which expresses that anything worthy of praise he once had, is now worth nothing at all. Conceivably the poem the expresses the most sadness, 'Tichborne's Elegy' uses strong imagery that creates the air of grief surrounding the poem. An example of this powerful imagery is the haunting refrain which is repeated throughout the poem at the end of each stanza, "And now I live, and now my life is done". At the time Charles Tichborne wrote this poem, he knew he was going to be executed. ...read more.


This image is used to describe the birth of Gillian Clarke's child, the image portraying the umbilical cord in childbirth. Though the umbilical cord is used in the description of childbirth, Gillian Clarke uses this image to describe the love she felt for her child at birth, and as the bond they shared as mother and daughter. The alliteration used in "red rope" links the two words which describe the most graphic part of the image, while also adding emphasis to the image being a bond of love shared between mother and daughter. Gillian Clarke's image is used to highlight the early relationship between mother and child. Each of the poets uses imagery to express sad, passionate or insecure emotions in the poems. These images are often stressed by the use of alliteration, repetition and contrast. Seamus Heaney and Gillian Clarke repeat images that are important to their subject through in their poems, though tend not to use sinister images such as William Blake and Charles Tichborne did. Charles Tichborne used rhyme in "Tichborne's Elegy" which emphasised his loss and loneliness. William Blake also used rhyme in "The Little Boy Lost" as well as including images that contained references to wildlife. ...read more.

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