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Comparing and contrasting "Remember" and "Stop all the clocks". Both Song: Stop All the Clocks and Remember both portray a familiar theme, death.

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Comparing and contrasting the two poems "Song: Stop All The Clocks" and "Remember" Both "Song: Stop All the Clocks" and "Remember" both portray a familiar theme, death. On the other hand, the two poems are very similar but they show a different kind of mood and atmosphere. The poet in "remember" conveys the dead person in an optimistic and constructive way, Rossetti, the poet refuses to be sad. Auden's poem however, expresses the poet's sadness at his friend's passing and is sorrowful throughout. "Remember" has a structure that consists of fourteen lines written in a form of a sonnet, composed in a single stanza, furthermore there is a strong but irregular rhyme scheme. "song" clearly tries to build a sense of song in a straightforward, easily remembered structure or shape. This can be shown by the four regular rhyming quatrains (aabb). Auden's poem conveys the strength of the speaker's loss: he feels deep grief. He wants all of us to share this with him; the tone of voice is of someone close, therefore commanding the world to stop. ...read more.

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This is a major contrast with Auden's poem where he wanted the world to stop and not to remember the grief he has experienced. "Remember" has a less direct approach but is more complex than "Stop All The Clocks" by way using archaic sentence structure (e.g nor I half turn...) its message is perhaps more ambivalent than Auden's, largely because it is about both death and, possibly the speaker's conscience. The poems end on different notes. Rossetti wants no sadness after her death while W.H Auden is deeply dejected and pessimistic: "For nothing now can ever come to any good", suggesting that the poet's world can never be happy again. Loss is everything. Rossetti, by contrast, wants to bury or hide all grief and ugly memory. The language of Auden's poem creates images which is easy to identify. Rosetti's poem expresses only a few, rather vague metaphors such as the euphemistic "silent land" and "the darkness and corruption", as if she is trying to cover up direct thoughts of death and decay. ...read more.

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Rosetti's sonnet is mainly build upon an abba rhyme pattern with an unrhymed couplet to close and emphasises its final note of advice. "Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad". "Stop All The Clocks" contrast with the regular iambic pentameter rhyme scheme, each quatrain made up of two rhyming couplets. These heavy rhymes give powerful emphasis to Auden's view of death, as in: "Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good." The irregular numbers syllables still convey the rhythmic power of the poet's thoughts and feelings. Of the two poems "Remember" is for me the less direct. It has a gentle, more romantic tone, suggesting that it is a kind of love poem, though that love ws not always smooth. "Stop All The Clocks", by contrast, seems to be based on anger that a person has been taken away, overall, I find "Song: Stop All The Clocks" the more effective, mainly because it is more immediate poem in impact which I find easier to understand and to identify, reinforced by a strong rhythm. ...read more.

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