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Poetry Coursework "The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do." 'Journey' is an encompassing word. The connotations of the word "journey" are:- trying to get from one place to another, going somewhere different to where you usually go, an adventure, a journey can be life itself. It is said that many people are afraid and prevented from life and they feel this because of fears they experience along the journey. The biggest fear of all can be the fear of change. My purpose in this assignment is to explore the theme of "journeying" in two poems of my choice, paying particular attention to how the poets choices of structure, language and content help convey his/her message. At least one poem should have been written before 1900 and at least one after 1900. These are the poems I have chosen: 'For a journey' by Alan Brownjohn (written after 1900) and 'To the Virginian voyage' by Michael Drayton (written before 1900). Brownjohn outlines and advocates the endurance of the simple, expedient names, these are stylistic devices, which farmers/individuals have allocated to the land they know in his poem 'For a Journey'. ...read more.


'the names trek on unseen across ever country.' Again, later in line 11, by not pausing after 'for', the poet builds more intense anticipation about what he will say next, this builds up momentum. Michael Drayton's poem 'To the Virginian Voyage' is quite structurally lengthy. It has twelve, six line stanzas. It is very long, in contrast to 'For a Journey'. There is an expected rhyme throughout the poem but this can be especially noted after stanza four, when "Virginia" is mentioned outright. The expected rhyme scheme then becomes absolutely fixed which is suggestive of the sincerity of the positive claims being made about Virginia in the poem. ' And the fruitfullest soil Without you toil Three harvests more,' This is completely different to 'For a Journey's general lack of an expected rhyme scheme which perhaps the use of a more unpredictable rhyme scheme is in keeping with its message. Drayton uses many poetic devices throughout his poem, beginning with the employment of the imperative in stanza one, line four: "Go and subdue!" shows a greater immediacy. Commas, colons, semi-colons, full stops and exclamation marks are used for effect. ...read more.


Yet, Brownjohn's poem 'For a Journey', it would not appear to share this summation as tells to value what we know and appreciate and love the land we know and own. The poem seems to warn against the scenario, faraway fields are greener than those at home and warns against venturing into the unknown; while 'To the Virginian Voyage' encourages us to know and learn more. 'For a Journey' advocates valuing the life and land that is known. 'To the Virginian Voyage' by Michael Drayton advocates change and "soil" literally promises here that the grass is greener on the other side. The challenge raised in 'For a Journey' is to stay with what is known and make changes where one is, rather than go to another place and try to change others. In 'For a Journey', the fear to be overcome is the fear of change, when one is content with what is "known". Both poems challenge their readers and both raise issues of confidence. I think Alan Brownjohn's 'For a Journey' is best as it appeals to me more than 'To the Virginian Voyage', as I don't like to go to foreign lands and journey too far from home. ...read more.

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