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Comparison between Vachel Lindsay, The Flower-Fed Buffaloesand Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

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Analyse how 2 poems you have studied this year have used the natural world to highlight a key theme/idea? Lament poem Poem is here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2078/is_2_44/ai_71317807/ The usurpation of nature; death and destruction. These are the themes focused on in the poem's "Lament" by Gillian Clarke and "The Flower-Fed Buffaloes" by Vachel Lindsay and both have a nature influenced genre which focuses on the plight of nature. Both poets use a range of poetic language features to show us the destruction man has inflicted to nature; the more common of these techniques include; similes, metaphors, repetition, imagery and euphemisms. These poets highlight the wrongs committed to the natural world, as a result from trivial and unnecessary actions from mankind. Lament is a poem telling us of the destructive and obsessive nature of man; which not only affects animals and the other aspects of the natural world, but innocent children such as "the farmer's sons" and "the boy fusilier" who have joined the insanity in war, merely for trivial reasons such as "company" and "music." ...read more.

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These images show us the pain and anguish inflicted on nature and her animals; "the whale struck dumb by the missiles thunder" is an example of metaphor which Clarke uses to show this. She then proceeds to tell us even the innocent "farmer's sons" are not exempt from the madness that has gripped those combating in the Gulf War. Repetition, listing, personification and euphemisms, these are poetic techniques used by Lindsay in her poem "Flower-fed buffaloes" and which show us the follies of man, which have resulted in the elimination of such beautiful and heavenly creatures. The first half of the poem has a soothing and caressing atmosphere; there is "perfumed grass" and "prairie flowers" which is coupled with a positive diction. An example of this effervescent diction is when Lindsay uses personification to tell us there are "locomotives singing." ...read more.

Conclusion

She tells us man only cares for what he uses, destroying everything else, an example of this is when we are told using passion and listing "they gore no more, they bellow no more, they trundle around the hills no more." She also tells us, the spring, being a useful resource for man, is "still sweet" which further reinforces the claim that we are selfish and cannot restrain our insatiable wants. Both these poems, in summary, send us a very strong message, that we cannot sustain our cruelty that we have so well tried to veil from our minds. I have learnt to appreciate nature, and not cause any unjust suffering if I can help it, we have caused so much damage, and it is only fair that we repay our debts. We do not want to make our race, or another, euphemistically "lie low." ...read more.

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