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Comparison of the Poems "Being-in-love" by Roger McGough and "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden.

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Comparison of the Poems "Being-in-love" by Roger McGough and "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden. The poems "Being-in-love" and "Funeral Blues" are poems written about the same topic, love, But at different stages of love. An inexperienced poet who struggles to follow the conventions of a classic poetry writes "Being-in-love". While the other, "Funeral Blues" is written by an experienced, more mature poet who knows that poems do not have to have a rhyming pattern and the poet makes the poem seem as though it took hardly any effort to write because it is an effortless poem. The poem "Being-in-love" by Roger McGough is written about how it feels to be in love, for the first time. A young male writes the poem. One we can tell this by the way he describes who he is in love with " you are so very beautiful", an opening clich´┐Ż. The love the narrator feels is 'unrequited' love, and the poem conveys how he feels about this from the wistful statement "wish you were as well", we get an image of a sigh from the narrator, particularly as there is no final full stop, which leaves the reader in suspense. ...read more.

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Roger McGough also keeps to the schoolboy writing the poem, by making the poem have words, which have been invented by the boy, "sadnessful". The reason for this is because the speaker is struggling to find rhymes and so he is forced to invent new words. It also shows that the speaker was striving to make a poem, and he thought that all poems needed to have a rhyming pattern in them. From the lack of punctuation, it seems as though the speaker has no real education, but by trying to make his poem rhyme, we can see that the poet has tried to emulate a love poem that he has read. We the reader, feel sorry for the speaker because he has no real concept of poems or how they are supposed to be written and we feel touched at how much effort the speaker has put into his poem and in trying to make it rhyme. "Funeral Blues" is also structured, but in a different way. The poem starts inside a room and the subject wanting to "stop all the clocks" so as to stop the ticking and make the clock silent as everything else in the room was. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poem I think is supposed to be funny with the way the speaker has tried to make his poem rhyme. But I think you have to read the poem out load to be able to catch the rhyming part at the end, and you also have to have the accent that the poet has to make the end part of the poem rhyme. The poem also has only one argument and although initially the poem is amusing it doesn't have the sentimental feel that sticks in the mind like "Funeral Blues". I personally prefer "Funeral Blues". I feel it is because it is a more detailed poem and it is not how a "normal" love poem would have been written. The poem avoids sexuality and it is just purely about how much someone cared about his love. The poem is very emotional, it goes beyond physical presence, and the subject really does miss his love. I also like the way that "Funeral Blues" has the feeling of a "Blues song", because the poem and a "blues song" have the feeling of deep sadness and they both stand as a kind of funeral oration. ...read more.

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