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Comparing and Explaining Two Poems by RS Thomas.

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Introduction

COMPARING AND EXPLAINING TWO POEMS BY RS THOMAS 'Cynddylan on a tractor' talks about how natural farming will end and mechanised farming will takeover. The second line of the first stanza tells us that Cynddylan is no longer pushed down to the soil. There is no burden on him anymore.: Gone the old look that yoked him to the soil; He is different now. He is part of the machine: He's a new man now, part of the machine, The fourth and fifth lines compare Cynddylan with the parts of his tractor: His nerves of metal and his blood oil. The clutch curses, but the gears obey The next line shows that he is in control. ...read more.

Middle

'Soil' is about a farmer and his symbiotic relationship with the soil. The first two lines are tranquil and give a sense of night time: A field with tall hedges Moon in the branches and one star The fourth and fifth lines talk about the farmer hand cutting the roots: Where he works slowly astride the rows Of red mangolds and green Swedes The last line of the first stanza suggests that the unnamed farmer has been cutting the roots over and over again, as if he was a machine: Plying mechanically his cold blade. The third line of the second stanza tells us that the farmer goes further and further without thinking about time: Is boundless, and he never looks up; The next two lines show that as he looks down his feet are sunk in the soil, and the soil means so much to him. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are a number of differences between both these poems. In the first poem, Cynddylan is part of the machine. He ploughs his field in daylight. Whereas in the second poem, the unnamed farmer is at one with the soil. He is symbiotically related to the soil. He cuts the roots manually in the night. Cynddylan displaces the animals with the noise of his tractor whilst in the other poem the farmer works with his animals. Cynddylan is like a warrior wanting to destroy everything in front of him. On the other hand, the other farmer is a nurturer. He gives his blood to the soil. Cynddylan does his job quickly and easily. He is always looking for change and improvement. However, the anonymous farmer does his job slowly and enjoyably. He is content with what he has. ...read more.

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