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How do the Two Poets Deal with Storms in Nature in the Poems 'Storm on the Island' and 'Patrolling Barnegat.'

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How do the Two Poets Deal with Storms in Nature in the Poems 'Storm on the Island' and 'Patrolling Barnegat.' The poem Storm on the Island is written in the first persons point of view and describes what is happening as a personal incident and allows you to connect with the characters in the poem, and show that Heaney may have had personal experience with a storm on an island.. However in Patrolling Barnegat the poet has used the third persons point of view but the poet uses empathy to tell the story of the storm, using empathy for the people and describes what the storm is doing to the island. There is a dramatic opening to the beginning of Patrolling Barnegat that has powerful words such as the 'roar of the gale' that lead to powerful images that relate to the ferocity of the storm and the lashing of the waves in the see when the poet says the sea is shouting with 'demoniac laughter' which tells you of the fierce sounds coming from the sea. ...read more.

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Night is associated with danger and the mystery of not knowing what is there making it spooky and mysterious as the storm is to the reader of the poem, this comes from the storm being associated with the supernatural earlier with 'demoniac laughter' and 'death-wind'. The eeriness and spookiness of the storm makes you feel pity and a need to help the people in trouble because they cannot run away from such a dramatic and dangerous effect of nature. The language used in Patrolling Barnegat gives emphasis as alliteration is used which gives you a point such as 'on beachy slush and sand spirits of snow fierce slanting' which makes you think about the storms condition and the use of imagery shows the storm to be like a winters day due to the sand spirits of snow, but this is an opposite to what the poem is telling you about the storm. ...read more.

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However on the island people are connected to the land and would rebuild their homes without damaging the land unlike the city dwellers who destroy habitats. The people in the poem work together as a community as the poet talks as 'we' not 'I' which shows they work as one unit not separate people. The poet in Patrolling Barnegat also shows connection to nature even though he is writing in the third persons point of view. The onomatopoeia in the poem invites excitement and interest and helps you to imagine what is happening out at sea and how scary it must be for the people involved. There is a tension built as there are links with the supernatural such as 'demoniac', and 'spirits' which add interest and makes the poem spooky, which is not something that is usually associated with a storm, the usual feelings are to be scared but to think of it as spooky or otherworldly would not have originally been obvious. Philip Davison 5th October 2005 ...read more.

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