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Comparing How Two Poets Describe a Sense Of Loss

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Comparing How Two Poets Describe a Sense Of Loss. "What were they like" is a poem which explores the nature of mankind and the damage it can do, should the opportunity for power knock on the door. Nuclear power is something that has only really been discovered in the last fifty years or so. We have the power now to access any point on earth, to destroy what we feel like...whenever we'd like to in effect. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. "Vultures" is also a poem which explores the way mankind can exploit and ruin, or bend and break the very structure of basic human compassion. ...read more.

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Language that is used, for example "bombs smashed those mirrors" is very graphic and it kind of creates an impression of shattering beauty...mirrors are often associated with makeup, and beauty. The glass, with its beautiful reflective light also creates a dramatic image in or minds. Vultures' uses grotesque language that engages our minds with images to do with death and destruction, so much like the reality of Bergen Belsen. The way that the birds pick at the corpses and eat the human remains, is symbolic in the way that it represents the way that ultimately there is some degree of order. Those who fall below their fellow species are just another spec in the dust of the world, and everything in these ...read more.

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Today's world is far less respectful of the old traditions and moral values which are how each author portrays this in the poems. Each author expresses their own very individual take on each situation, through a use of tone and language. A tone like the one in "what were they like" is very difficult to understand and achieve because its so quietly accepting of the horror of the situation that it has observed. Vultures isn't at all quietly accepting. It is sinister and unappealing and it is a nightmare scenario which so many innocent people had to face, and with that in mind, we should understand the massive contrast between each situation exactly as each author meant it to be. ...read more.

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