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Comparing poems: Compare the ways in which poets create a menacing or threatening atmosphere

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Comparing poems: Compare the ways in which poets create a menacing or threatening atmosphere Salome: Salome turns out to be an evil and very disturbed character; she gets pleasure by beheading people. In this poem it turns out that Salome has removed few other heads previously and she would doubtlessly do it again. She does not even know who's head it is that is next to her, but it seems like that she does not care at all. This makes her sound like a whore. As the maid walk's in this makes her feel more comfortable and better for some reason. Hitcher: The man seems really stressed and tired, and when he receives the phone call from his boss that is his final straw. He seems very jealous of the hitcher this is because he is free of stress and is a free spirit. ...read more.


In this poem there are quite a few clich�s e.g. "and ain't life a bitch". Hitcher: In this poem the first stanza has some typical rhymes which bind's the poem together - "tired", "fired", "hired". Can you see the effect of this? He is tired and then his boss threatens to fire him then he hires a Vauxhall Astra. A lot of clich�'s are used in this poems here are some examples "The truth he said was blowin' in the wind, or around the next bend". "he'd said he liked the breeze to run its fingers/ through his hair". The Man He Killed: There are colloquialisms such as "off-hand like" which provide an earthy realism along with the rough sounding meter. The Laboratory: This poem uses consolation irony. It also uses some alliteration here is an example "Grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste" and here is another example "Brand, burn up, bite into its grace-". ...read more.


The shape of the stanza is very interesting. The Man He Killed: This poem has a simple but formal structure of five short stanzas all rhyming ABAB. The last tow stanzas remind the men that they could be friends if they met in any other situation. Stanza's two and three: set out the qualifying circumstances that change everything for the men's fate: they are soldiers in opposing armies and therefore enemies. The laboratory: The title in this poem gives us a big hint on where the scene takes place. The speaker is a woman; she takes a lot of pleasure watching the procedure. In the second verse we cab see why the woman wanted revenge, she wanted revenge because the speaker has been betrayed by her lover. In verse three she watches the apothecary at work and is fascinated by what he is doing. She is in no hurry. She takes pleasure in the preparation. This is better than dancing in the kings palace. ...read more.

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