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Comparing “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth and “To Daffodils” by Robert Herrick

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GCSE Coursework - Poetry Comparing "The Daffodils" by William Wordsworth and "To Daffodils" by Robert Herrick When looking at the two poems "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth and "To Daffodils" by Robert Herrick although the two poems are based on the same thing, they are very different. When first looking at Wordsworth's poem immediately you can see the simplicity and almost childless rhyming to it. The language is very simple and basically talks about how the writer is sad and lonely. It then goes on to talk about how lovely and pleasant the daffodils are. You can see how the poem has very little dept to it, but when looking at "To daffodils" by Herrick you can see that this has far more depth to it and has a more mature style of writing. ...read more.

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The poem start with the word "fair" from this the reader realises that the poet recognises the beauty of the daffodils. Yet in the same line his comment "we weep to see" suggests to the reader that the mood of his poem is sad. Not only are the poems different in content but also they are viewed differently, Wordsworth's poem is very well known due to it simple language and catchy rhyming. The poem was written in England back around 1912 but is still known and taught in schools today. I consider "To Daffodils" to be a more complex poem and to be of better quality in some ways. ...read more.

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because I feel these lines are not a childish and simple as the rest of the poem he is comparing the daffodils to the stars in the Milky Way not just say that they look pretty and that stop him from feeling so lonely. From Robert Herrick Poem I am fond of the paragraph As quick a growth to meet decay, As you, or anything. We die As your hours do, and dry Away I am fond of this because I think that this verse sums up death in a single sentence whether it be a human dying or a daffodil. After looking at the two poems it is easy to see the difference between them because even though they are about the same thing they are very different poems. You can see the simplexes Wordsworth poem and the depth and complexness in Herrick's. ...read more.

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