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Comparing methods used to present the experience of death and loss Mid Term Break(TM), On My First Sonne(TM), and Tichbourne(TM)s Elegy(TM)

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Comparing methods used to present the experience of death and loss 'Mid Term Break', 'On My First Sonne', and 'Tichbourne's Elegy' All three poems are about the loss and death of a loved one. The experience of losing someone is dreadful as we all know. I am going to compare how the experience of loss is portrayed in these three poems. 'Mid Term Break' is about how the writer had to cope with the death of his younger brother and how he had to cope when he came back from school. The poet seems to be saying that going home was hard as everyone was different and had changed due to this tragic accident. There is no mention in this poem of God or religion. The sentences are fairly short making you read it quite fast as you go along. Heaney uses phrases and words in a way that we can all understand what he is trying to say. "I met my Father crying- He had always taken funerals in his stride." ...read more.


The poem seems to be saying that instead of God taking his son why couldn't he have taken him instead. Unlike the Heaney poem this poem is very religious. "Tho'wer lent to me, and I thee pay". Both the poem and the sentences are short, perhaps he was so upset at the loss of his son he couldn't write that much about it and perhaps there is not much to say about it anyway. This poem is written in old English but the experience of death is still easy to understand. "Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy". Jonson uses a metaphor late on in the poem. "Here doth lye Ben. Jonson his best piece of poetrie." This poem however is written in the present tense unlike the Heaney poem which is written years after his experience even thought it still seems very vivid. Some powerful words and phrases to show death are used: "My sinne was too much hope of thee". "Exacted by thy fate, on the just day" "Seven years tho'wer lent to me, and I thee pay". ...read more.


you think about it, its also written in the future as in the end you know he's going to die and by the time it was published he had. Even though this poem is written in a weird style like the Jonson poem it is still easy to understand the pain of death. "And now I live, and now my life is done" This phrase is repeated several times as if it is a type of chorus. There are no powerful descriptions or words that are entirely linked with death however which singles this poem out from the other two very clearly. It is also written in a different style in comparison to the other two. Like the other two poems no onomatopoeic or alliterative words are used. This seems to be an ongoing style when dealing with death and loss. I think that Tichbourne had more to worry about than using onomatopoeias and alliteration. This poem is obviously autobiographical and is concentrating on the death of himself unlike the other two who are concentrating on the death of a relative or loved one. By Jon Coupland 11G ...read more.

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