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Harmonium and Praise Song for my Mother Comparison English Literature GCSE

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Harmonium and Praise Song for my Mother Comparison AQA English Lit Poetry Moon on the Tides Relationships GCSE In ?Harmonium?, Armitage presents an awkward relationship between a weak, aging gfather and his embarrassed son, who finds it difficult to express his feelings. Whereas, in ?Praise Son?, Nichols portrays the love an appreciation a daughter feels for her inspirational mother, suggesting that despite physical separation, they are still as close as the you before. Armitage presents the importance of the speaker?s father and the harmonium is to him-how closely they belong to his heart. ?But its hummed harmonics still struck a chord.? ?Struck a chord? is usually a saying which usually describes an experience that has had an impact on someone and stayed in their memory for a long time. This suggests that the harmonium has had an impact for a long time, which is suggested by the ?still?. ?Still? also shows that the speaker still values it for memories he was provided with when he was younger. ...read more.

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?You were? implies that her mother is dead.. ?The crab?s leg/fried plantain smell? is another Caribbean- a Caribbean speciality. Nichols shows that her mother was like the ?fried plantain smell? to her. Food is also important to sustain life. Nichols simply shows how important the mother was the speaker. In Harmonium, Armitage describes the shock he feels when his father jokes about his own death; ?And I, being me, then mouth in reply some shallow or sorry phrase or word too starved of breath to make itself heard.? It is quite a long sentence without a pause, which means that when read out loud the reader quickly becomes ?starved of breath? too, which emphasises the speaker?s feelings. Literally, it could be because the harmonium is too heavy, or it could be the shock at the thought of losing his father. Armitage presents a father who is very blunt, and makes it obvious that the son does not have his father?s humour, because it?s ?he, being him? and I. ...read more.

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?futures? is plural and could either mean that she could do anything she wants and make a future, or that she will have a future as a parent, as a wife, and as someone succeeding in their career at the same time. I think that both poems display a kind of shock or realisation at the loss of a parent. In Harmonium, Armitage presents the shock of a son at the realisation that one day his father will die. In Praise Song, Nichols? character realises she must come to terms with her mother?s death and move on. I think that Nichols is much more open about the love of the narrator for her mother, simply stating the importance, presenting a stereotypical mother and daughter relationship which is open and honest. Whereas, Armitage shows a son who finds it harder to describe his feelings for his father, and shows it by using an extended metaphor of a harmonium, in order to show the reader all the memories he has had because of his father, and how he loves him. The way his father jokes about his own death is an example of the stereotypical father and son relationship; not as open about feelings. ...read more.

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