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Essay Title: A comparison of the poems 'A London Fete' by George Patmore and 'Clever Tom Clinch Going to be Hanged' by Jonathan Swift

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Essay Title: A comparison of the poems 'A London Fete' by Coventry Patmore and 'Clever Tom Clinch Going to be Hanged' by Jonathan Swift. The two poems 'A London Fete' by Coventry Patmore and 'Clever Tom Clinch Going to be Hanged' by the poet Jonathan Swift both share the theme and the horror of public execution, although each poem has a different focus point. 'A London Fete' concentrates on the impression the impression that the crowd watching the execution gives to the poet. It expresses the horror that the poet experiences as she watches the crowds attitude towards the execution. The very negative language of the poet expresses how she felt, "Thousands of eyeballs, lit with hell...as when the realm of the damned rejoiced at winning a soul to its will," compares the event as a vision of hell. ...read more.

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"Blasphemed and fought for places," describes how everyone wanted a place from which to watch. "To windows, where, in freedom sweet, others enjoyed the wicked treat," illustrates how much the people in the crowd enjoyed it, as does "Thousands of eyeballs, lit with hell. Burnt one way all, to see the rope unslacken as the platform fell" this also shows us that the crowd gathered all stared intently as if they were all one single person. Yet with all the many people there "a man with yelling tired, stopped, and the culprits crime inquired" the use of vocabulary chosen shows that even though there is a large rabble gathered nobody there at the time knows neither who the "damned man" is nor the culprits crime was. It didn't matter about the name of the man, if he had a family or not, even whether he was innocent or guilty, no respect was given to the condemned man. ...read more.

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Adults had been little affected even after seeing something so awful "Two friends went off, in lively chat" Basically it was part of normal life during that time. The poets' use of language reflects on how she saw the event, its personal, and her view of the crowd as she watched the horrid event and the people almost as bad as the criminals himself. The title itself appears to have a sarcastic tone usually a fete would be a celebration. The poem appears also to be very realistic and quite dramatic with a sinister mood as the crowd is not in anyway sympathetic towards the criminal. 'Clever Tom Clinch Going to be Hanged' is also an ironic title seeing as if Tom Clinch was clever then he would never have been caught and the poem also has a comedy feel towards the theme of public execution. ...read more.

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