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Autumn poems comparison essay

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Introduction

Comparison of autumn In this essay I will be comparing two poems; the first written by John Clare and second by Thomas Hardy. Although they are both written on the same theme (autumn) they differ in many ways. For example, the way that autumn is portrayed in these poems is very much contrasted. Clare has used stereotypical items such as falling leaves, acorns and November days to represent the season. His use of language suggests that he is fond of the season. Hardy has also used objects that are found in autumn to describe the time of year, but he relates them with harsher words to create a more depressing atmosphere. An example of this method is in the line; 'And shades far extend Like lives soon to end.' This extract from the poem is describing the long shadows which are found in autumn. He has also written about 'lives soon to end', this creates images of death, the shadows relate it to autumn. This line is another example; 'And rot ere the men who make cider appear.' His choice of words is very effective in this sentence. ...read more.

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Hardy has used alliteration in the line; 'Leg-laden, back' This is effective as it is difficult to say; it slows the poem down and therefore interrupts the flow. Clare has done the opposite to Hardy, and has created a relaxing, comfortable poem. The form of the poem helps convey this atmosphere. In Clare's poem the stanzas are set out in the same way. Each contains four lines of alternate rhyme and one rhyming couplet. Because he repeats this technique a rhythm is formed. A rhythm is effective as it helps the poem flow steadily. The rhythm mirrors the flowing movement of the wind; this is witty as wind is often associated with autumn. Another way Clare helps the poem flow evenly is by using enjambment. An example of this is; 'The pigeons nestle round the cote On November days like these.' This is effective as it is almost like the line doesn't end, as a result the reader does not wish to stop reading. This completes the rhythmical flow. Hardy's form has no pattern, although he does use repetition. In the first stanza, he repeats the word 'gone'. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is successful as greediness is a human characteristic; subsequently he brings the animals to life. This makes the poem more enjoyable to read as we feel closer to the 'characters'. Hardy has not described living creatures as much, as he is concentrating on death. In conclusion I am fond of both poems, and I am impressed with the techniques used to create atmosphere. It is clear that both poems are themed on autumn, although have contrasting views of the season. Clare is very affectionate towards the season, and shows this by creating enjoyable images. By contrast, Hardy has portrayed the season in a dull, depressing manner. He is obviously not fond of the season. The hatred is shown in the uncomfortable form and death relating language. I prefer Thomas Hardy's poem as I feel the atmosphere is more intense, this makes the reader want to read on. He has created the tension by using unique language and unpredictable form. I did enjoy Clare's poem, although I felt that clich�s were used. This is not as interesting. The steady rhythm makes it easy to read although not as interesting. If Clare experimented more with the language; maybe a better poem could be created. However he did successfully convey a joyful mood. Christine Wood - 1 - ...read more.

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