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Essay Both poems "World! Why do you hound me?" and "Poem" are both making the reader think by focusing on universal subjects and feelings such as human values in a rather superficial society or our own consciousness. Nevertheless the two poets manage to lead to a reflection from the reader in different ways. Juana In�s de La Cruz uses her own experience in life as an inspiration for her autobiographical poem. Indeed the "me" and "I" omnipresent throughout the poem are referring to her character, a young and good-looking woman at the court , the "prey" of the society, who would like the people to notice her for her "Understanding" rather than for her "Beauty". In contrast, Allama Mohammed Iqbal does not concentrate on one specific example but on a wider question asked from the very first line: "Are you Alive, Dead or DeadAlive?" ...read more.


On the contrary, "Poem" introduces a dimension of religion ("God's light; Going-to-Heaven") as the author is a Musulman believer as well as the sense of justice with the vocabulary of a trial: "Three Witnesses, judge, evidence". Consequently, as in "World! Why do you hound me?" the reader feels accused by the authors and quite responsible for these reproaches since he is involved by the use of the second person "you". To emphasise the formal atmosphere of the poem, the persona uses a lively and vivid tone with orders such as the anaphora "Judge", "Quiz", "Call" or "Think" which clearly translate his aim which is to make the reader meditate on his life, the after life in the seventh and eighth stanzas. ...read more.


However both poems end on a determined and unchangeable note. De La Cruz concludes her poem on the decision of struggling for what "she believes is better" while Iqbal is resignated ("Be new... Or you are a smoke-ring, wasting, wasting") and so summarises his convictions. In conclusion, both poems point out subjects that are still true nowadays in a consumer society where people are constantly in a hurry and do not take time to reconsider themselves although "World! Why do you hound me", more personal but as subjective as "Poem" makes the reader think about a specific moral issue by using a concrete example, that of the author fighting for her rights whereas "Poem" deals with the meaning of life in general and so it can apply to anyone. ...read more.

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