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Comparing 'How Do I Wish To Go?' and 'Let Me Die A Youngman's Death' by Roger McGough

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Comparing 'How Do I Wish To Go?' and 'Let Me Die A Youngman's Death' by Roger McGough -Aj Orena S4L (23) 'How do I wish to go' and 'Let me die a Youngman's death' is showing an example of two poems of similar content being entirely different. This essay is going to compare and distinguish those similarities and differences between these two poems. First, I will talk about the similarities, then, I will move on to discuss the differences. An easy first similarity is the contents of both poems. Both poems are discussing the ways of how people want to die. The similarity is already observable from the title itself. In 'How do I wish to go?' it is separated into 4 stanzas, in which each stanza is talking about different situations of people dying. However, 'Let me die a Youngman's Death' produces 5 stanzas, in which he describes three situations of when, where and how he wants to die. In addition, it also mentions some ways of how he doesn't want to die. Another similarity is that the poem is set in the 1st person voice. This is shown throughout the whole of both poems. ('Flames gripping my skirt', 'I achieved my final goal' from 'How do I wish to go?' ...read more.


On the other hand, in 'Let me die a Youngman's death', there are 5 stanzas with lines varying from 5 to 7 lines and words from 25-36 words. As you can see, the margin of number of lines and words in 'Let me die a Youngman's death' is a lot wider than 'How do I want to go?'. Also, there are punctuations in 'How do I wish to go?' in every line while in 'Let me die a Youngman's death', there are no punctuations at all and sentences go to the next sentence without a punctuation. This concludes that 'Let me die a Youngman's death' is more disorganized compared to 'How do I want to go?'. This may imply that 'How do I want to go?' is more planned, in terms of how he/she wants to die. We can also find this conclusion from the content. In 'How do I want to go?', all of the 4 situations describes ways in which he/she is planning his/her death. They are from war ('lying on the ground', 'with my helmet at my side'), from a planned suicide ('outside the embassy, flames gripping my skirt'), and others. Meanwhile, in 'Let me die a Youngman's death', it talks about ways in which he is dying from an accident. ...read more.


On the other hand, in 'Let me die a Youngman's death', the style of language is colloquial and the author seems to be having a conversation with a bunch of his friends over some drinks. In conclusion, as mentioned, there are a couple of differences and similarities that can be found between these 2 poems. Although looking for similarities is a tad more difficult, the similarities are also very important. We found out that both of these poems are a little bit disorganized, with 'Let me die a Youngman's death' being more disorganized. These poems were made this way for a purpose. For example, we gathered that these poems were made 1st person so that the reader would understand and believe the poem more. We also gathered that the tone of 'How do I wish to go?' is serious and the content is about sacrificing for something or someone. However, in 'Let me die a Youngman's death', the tone is more witty and it describes wild, crazy and 'Hollywood' action deaths. Both poems are excellent examples of content and form being well matched. The imagery that is produced by both poems are wonderfully clear and beautifully made and with a bit of knowledge, quite easy to understand. Both poets brilliantly carved each stanza word by word so that each line had purpose and what cannot be doubted is the beauty and power of the poem. ...read more.

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