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How are Family Relationships shown in 4 poems (2 Pre and 2 Post 1914)

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How are Family Relationships shown in 4 poems (2 Pre and 2 Post 1914) Family relations is a theme which many poets adapt as it appeals to most readers because many can attach themselves with the whole idea of family relations; be it positive or negative experience regarding family. Simon Armitage features irregular rhyme scheme with just a couple of rhymes, in the poem "Mother any distance...". These occasional rhymes could symbolise the idea of a child envisioning his future and in a way trying to build a hope/ dream of what his future will look like whereas the irregular rhyme scheme could suggest the insecurity, the thrill and the adventure of independence from your parents and standing on your own two feet. On the other hand, the poem "Before you were mine" by Carol Ann Duffy, expresses how the writer is unhappy with the manner in which her mother is currently behaving. This poem is meant to fluctuate between the past and the present to show how the narrator feels. The first stanza hosts the quote "I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on with your pals, Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff." Which displays that Carol Ann Duffy is talking about the time (the past) when she wasn't even born, by the use of the phrase 'I'm ten years away from the corner'. ...read more.


is disappointed in his son, this techniques works as you see the son reflecting on his action and realising his mistake, which shows a good father and son relationship. This contrasts to the poem "On my first Sonne" in numerous ways, one of them being the fact that this poem is a fairly short poem with many impactful features hidden inside. The first line "Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy" shows that the father is saying goodbye to his son, which he loved, and the love for his child is shown by the use of the phrase 'child of my right hand and joy'. We also gather the age of the child "seven yeeres tho'wert lent to me". Further more, the author uses the following quotation "O, could I loose all father, now. For why" this simulates the fact that the father is asking that why did he loose his son, which shows us that the father constantly switched between him saying goodbye and accepting the death of his son and him asking and grieving that he lost his son. So the father can't make up his mind about the death of his son, showing that he is in an emotional state which indicates another strong father and son relationship as you wouldn't grieve about someone who wasn't loved by you. ...read more.


Furthermore the shortness of the poem might also suggest the loss of speech or 'lost for words' by the father displaying a strong emotional state. On the other hand, "My father thought it..." is a three stanza poem consisting fifteen lines, which uses various rhyming scheme. On the first stanza, the rhyme scheme is AABBB, associating this sort of rhyme to younger audience or nursery rhymes. The second stanza hosts half rhymes suggesting that it is for an older audience such as late primary/ early secondary students and then the last stanza has rhymes which are scattered or scrambled amongst various places in a certain line, suggesting that it is for adults or for mature audience. This whole play with the rhyme scheme shows that the son is aging. Alternatively, In the poem "Before you were mine", Carol Ann Duffy makes the use of unrhymed pentameters, where there are no rhymes to indicate that she is unhappy or upset with something. Concluding my understanding and the analysis of the four poems above, the four different writers have used numerous tools and techniques to convey the different ideas each writer has about the theme of family relationships. You can also see that each poem is different and stand out on its own because the each writer would've wrote the poems corresponding to their own. ...read more.

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