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Comparing four poems

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Comparing The Four Poems: "Follower" by Heaney, "Catrin" by Clarke, "On my first Sonne" by Jonson and "Song of the old mother" by Yeats In The poems "Follower" by Heaney, "Catrin" by Clarke, "On my first sonne" by Jonson and "Song of the old mother" by Yeats, each of the poets deals with relationships in different ways. For example, some of the poems relationships are positive, some are negative. Even some about child relations and adult relations. I will also be able to compare the difference in structure and language to the pre 1914 poems and "Follower" and "Catrin". Both Catrin and Follower with a parent and child relationship, both outline the positive and negative aspects. On the surface, Clarke's poem seems to dwell on the conflict underlying the relationship with her daughter Catrin. Even in her memories of childbirth, we are offered a picture of a battle as she describes the 'fierce confrontation' and how they 'fought' over the 'red rope of love' in their desire to be separate. ...read more.

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Whilst it is not so immediately evident, Clarke too explains the strong bond between parent and child. When Clarke says 'red rope of love' this evokes that even though relationships do have their difficulties, they should use the more positive to dominate and conquer their relationship. This evokes an image of an unbreakable bond by 'rope'. And 'red' the colour that usually represents love. Finally, at the end of Heaney poem, the poem changes when he says 'farther who keeps stumbling, behind me. And will not go away.' This says his farther is now a burden in comparison to earlier in the poem when he thought he was a burden to his dad. This evokes sympathy for the farther. I think here that Heaney is possibly showing a break in the relationship? As in Catrin, one is immediately aware of the conflict and tension caused between the mother and child in Yeats 'Song of the old mother' Yeats has written the poem from a mother's point of view in order to highlight the friction and anger between herself and young woman. ...read more.

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This therefore could explain the reaction by the farther. He is happy that his son has gone to heaven. 'To have so soone scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage' this shows us that he is grateful because he now does not have to worry about his son being affected by troubles in real life. For example the plague. In conclusion, I feel that all four poems have a very strong link. This being the relationship each poet is talking about., However, Catrin and possibly On my first sonne concentrates on the negative aspects to a relationship. Whereas Follower and Song of the old mother mostly concentrates on positive aspects. There is also a comparison to the poems. As the language used is clearly different. Whether this is done on purpose for effect or just because of when they were wrote. Whatever the reason, I feel these poems are great in their own ways. If I had to, I would probably choose On my first sonne. I would because of the difference I life that I am used at the life describes in the poem. I feel this is very effective. ...read more.

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