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Comparison: 'Death the Leveller' and 'Tombs in Westminster Abbey'.

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Comparison: 'Death the Leveller' And 'Tombs in Westminster Abbey' Paragraph 1: Main points and similarities and differences. For two poems of the same nature, (death and royalty), they have many differences, yet very few similarities. For example, 'Death the Leveller' and 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' have the same theme, language and tone. Nevertheless, the structure is very different and unique. To describe poems such as these, my personal opinion is morbid and sombre, yet this is only one of my similarities. Both poems have the same impact on me as the student. As I said before, the structure of each poem is unique in its own way, making the poems seem quite similar, but actually, they are very diverse. Paragraph 2: First poem. The first poem I will write about is 'Death the Leveller'. Taking the title as my first point, it seems to me like the title is a secret message. This message says; death will level us out and no matter how royal you are. Like, no matter who or what we are, in death we are all equal. ...read more.


Run-on lines are used in this poem also to give urgency and strength to the argument. The poet seems to have this feeling that upper-class people with a high rank position will last longer and defend themselves from what awaits them, and this is what point the poet was trying to get across. Not only this, but the poet is seen to me as rhetorical, as if a point was needed to get across. "The glories of our blood and state", this shows the poets argument as a high-class opinion, and that his glorious blood will see him through it all and that death is no match for him and his wealth. Paragraph 3: Second poem The second poem I will be writing about is 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey'. This poem like 'Death the Leveller' is also about death and some miner points about royalty. Yet, both being quite different, they do share a few things in common, for example, they both share the same tone. If describing the tone of 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey', I would call it sombre and pessimistic, while, describing the tone of 'Death the Leveller', I would say, that sombre and pessimistic could be used as a comparison. ...read more.


3. This is my last obvious similarity between the two poems. It is, the tone. Like I explained before, both tones are sombre and morbid. These tones wash over both poems, giving off the distinct feel and sense of fear and apprehension that the poet has successfully tried to invent. My second big point is the differences in the poems. I will start with the most obvious points. 1. The length of 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' is much longer than 'Death the Leveller', more so, because of lack of stanzas and the lines being longer. 2. The structures are completely different. 'Death the Leveller' is AB, AB, CC, AD and 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey's' structure is AA, BB, CC. 3. Rhyme. The flow of even rhyme in 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' is completely different to that of 'Death the Leveller'. One of the poems uses half rhyme, while the other, chooses to use full rhyme. In my personal opinion, 'Death the Leveller' appeals to me more, only because it is shorter and is easier to understand, whilst 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' has a more difficult length and words that are harder to remember. Miriam Kerbache Plan a ...read more.

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