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Examining three poems which concern the poet's response to the death of a close relative.

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I am examining three poems which concern the poet's response to the death of a close relative. It is very difficult and emotional for a child to come to turns with a death of a relative which you have known most of your life. The first poem is about a girl who loses her grandmother and feels guilty. The second poem is about a boy who loses his father which is the closest family to him. The third poem is about a boy whose brother gets hit by a car and dies. The themes the poets have chosen to write about are guilt and grief. The reasons why many poets choose to write about this subject are mainly because it is a way to tell people what has happened, also to share the experience and to get it off their backs. People read these types of poems because it may have happened to them. The first poem I am examining is "my grandmother". The poem is structured into four stanzas which are six lines each. The first stanza of the poem describes the shop and the grandmother in great detail so we can have an image in our mind of what the grandmother and the shop are like. ...read more.

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The part where it says "one long marrow room" reminds us of death. The part in the poem where it is written she had no reflection back means, all she had interest in life had gone, and that she has lost the will to live. In the fourth and final stanza it says "only the new dust falling through the air". Dust suggests that no one came in the room and that "in dust we come in dust we go". The second poem I am examining is "the lesson". This poem is structured into two stanzas which are eight lines each. Many of the rhymes are Para-rhymes or half-rhymes. It also tells us The title of the poem is called "the lesson" the meaning of this could be because it may be a lesson in life that everyone dies and maybe he did not cherish the moments with his father. The first stanza of the poem shows that the boy was being bullied at boarding school and that his fathers death could stop the bullies from bullying him for a week or two, as it is stated in the poem "my fathers death could bind the bullies fist for a week or two", the boy now felt ashamed for thinking of the advantages of his fathers death. ...read more.

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It also says "he lay in his four foot box as in his cot". The poet describes the coffin the baby laid in like the baby sleeping in his cot. It also says the baby had no gaudy scar because the bumper knocked him clear. The eighth and final stanza sums up all the emotions and feelings. It is very effective because it makes it bitter just to read the line because it saddens you up because if you go up to a small grave with a very tiny coffin you would feel sad, but if it were a person who died at eighty you would say he lived a long life. I thing all the poems were excellent and all achieved there goal, all the poems had similarities like all the poems were themed on death, but also has differences "my grandmother" is about guilt and regret and in "the lesson" the boy felt ashamed and in "mid-term break" the boy felt grown up. The poem I preferred the best was mid-term break because it had a powerful and great effect it made feel sad and sorry for the family. My second favourite was "the lesson" because it made us feel sorry for the boy and it made me appreciate what you have. The least favourite was "my grandmother" which teaches us to not do something we may later regret. Ibrahim Hussain 9.3 ...read more.

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