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Comparing poems

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Both of these poems "Sonnet" by John Clare, "The Eagle" by Alfred Tennyson are all about nature and what part it plays in our life. "Sonnet" is all about Clare's love for summer; "The Eagle" is more centred in the idea of man being superior over nature because "Crooked hands", suggests that the shape of the claws are crooked, but "hands", imply that the eagle has human qualities. Both poems use the same poetic techniques; alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia. Both poems are written in first person and therefore show that they are remembering an event in their lives. Since the poems are based on the poet's own experiences and ideas, the first person narrative makes the poem more personal and therefore more emotional. Through the styles, themes, and language use within the two separate nature poems, one is able to distinguish the true feelings the poet has for their topics. ...read more.

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The sky is around him. He is "ringed" with the blue world; it is as if "He stands" and controls in the centre of the world. The poet uses romantic language such as "lonely lands". This is clearly alliteration and describes "The Eagle" as harsh, violent and rough. The last line "and like a thunderbolt he falls" imply to the reader that he dives effortlessly to catch his pray and this epitomizes the power of "The Eagle". "The Eagle" is a short poem with two stanzas, each with three lines. The poet uses various devices to create an image of a magnificent eagle. In "The Eagle" this is particularly attention grabbing with the use of alliteration to strengthen the beat, "He clasps the crag with crook�d hands". ...read more.

Conclusion

John Clare's "Sonnet" is a traditional sonnet; it has 14 lines 10 syllables per line, and rhyming couplets. He also uses a lot of alliteration, onomatopoeia, and many adjectives for example, "white wool sack clouds". The repetition used in Clare's poem, of "I love", outlines his feelings for summer, and it shows how much things there are that he loves about summer. The final comparison is how the poets use language to convey their message; Clare in his poem uses lots of words of movement to describe the summer. This poem has no punctuation. This allows the poem to flow quickly. In conclusion, compared with the wonderful pleasing portrayal of nature in "Sonnet" and the magnificence of it also in "The Eagle" they seem rather harsh looks on life. Nature is not shown as wild or devastated, but soft, gentle and beautiful. In "The Eagle" the poet portrays the surroundings as old and unremarkable to make the eagle stand out amongst images. ...read more.

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