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Explore the ways in which metaphysical ideas are presented in Time by Allen Curnow and Amends' by Adrienne Rich

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Mai Tran Comparative Essay Explore the ways in which metaphysical ideas are presented in two poems that you have studied. ?Time? by Allen Curnow and ?Amends by Adrienne Rich have an important link in which they both explore the metaphysical idea between the connection of human and nature. However, the poets use different concepts to address their points. Allen Curnow uses time with concrete and abstract images of the real world. On the other hand, Adrienne Rich uses descriptions on the moon. Language indicates the distinctiveness of how words are used by the poets. In these two poems, both of the poets use a variety of language techniques to present their ideas on the notion. They both have chosen repetition and diction for their pieces of poetry. In ?Time?, the world ?I am? (refers to time) is repeated throughout the poem for many times. This gives the effects of highlighting how powerful time is. Curnow wants to indicates that time is everything in our lives, everything from sound, sight, smell to feelings. We can therefore feel a deep connection between humanity and the natural world. ...read more.


These can be usable objects or beautiful flowers and birds. ?I, Time, call down, condense and confer.? once again gives a sense of power. Metaphor is used in the last stanza: ?Am island, am sea, am father, farm, and friend?. The images that time is compared to are categorized as nature (island, sea) and human (father, friend). Consequently, it also suggests the relationship between human and nature. Personification in the poem ?Amends? is present through the descriptions on movements of the moon. Words like: ?picks?, ?licks?, ?flicks?, ?pours?, ?leans? etc. implies the gentleness of the actions. This poem is about the progress of a moving moon, traveling, looking down from the sky to care for every little thing on Earth. Therefore, the verbs personify the actions of the moon, make it seems like a kind and cautious person. Metaphor is also emphasized in the last stanza of this poem. The imagery of how the moon ?dwells upon the eyelids of the sleepers? suggests how the moon looks after the sleepers ? reference to human beings. The connotation of ?dwells? is to live; ?eyelids? are the vulnerable and very thin skin that covers our eyes. ...read more.


The purpose of this is also different. In this poem, Adrienne Rich uses this technique of structuring to reflect movements of the moon. She wants that as the readers read on, they also follow a cycle that the moon is moving and step by step starting to see the whole world. It is shown that we all are under the moon?s protection. In conclusion, the poets are trying to demonstrate a metaphysical idea on the connection between humanity and nature. They both have individual impact on each other. Both the poems have captivating concepts to lead us to that belief. They help us to realize that nature is closer to humans than we think it is. Nature provides us with necessity, care and protection without us perceiving to acknowledge it. Each poem has different ways of delivering that message to us. In my opinion, the metaphysical idea is much more easier to identified with the poem ?Amends? because the image of nature is already present by the moon and all the techniques are used by the poets appropriately. ?Time? is obviously a relevant choice for poems on the connection between human and nature. However its concept is much more complicated than the concept of the moon. ...read more.

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