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How do the poets show their attitude towards their work and life in Woman Work and Lore?

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Poem comparison: Woman Work and Lore HOW DO THE POETS SHOW THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE AND WORK? In this essay I am going to identify the similarities and the differences between two different poems, which are both about life and work. The first poem is "Woman Work" written by Maya Angelou in the 1950's. She is a black American Womanist, who writes about her heritage. The other poem is called "Lore" and was written by Ronald Stuart Thomas, who was one of the most accomplished Welsh poets of the 20th century. Woman Work is a poem about the life of a young African woman. Maya Angelou decided to have a female as the main character because this allows her to empathise with the woman more. The gender is significant as it allows the poet to confidently show her own emotion and her own feelings towards the themes of the poem. On the other hand, Lore is about the work of a Welsh farmer. Similarly to Maya Angelou, Thomas uses the same gender in his main character, again this enables him to empathise with his character and be more secure and motivated in the poem. In Lore, the main character is identified immediately as Job Davies, giving us the impression he is a proud and well respected man. The opening line tells the reader that the farmer is eighty-five years old; this reinforces his strong and mentally tough character. In the second line, "winters old and still alive" shows a stereotypical view, that hard work should be left to the men, and that they should be the "bread winners" of the household. ...read more.

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This reflects her repetitive and strenuous life. It also emphasizes the woman's overwhelmingly fast paced lifestyle, although she is not lifting heavy objects or performing demanding typical male labour, she is required to use her physical and mental strength to see her get through the chores at hand. In woman work, the ideology of money is that of a poor poverty struck slave. The absence of money in her life causes her to suffer. She strongly seeks a rest; just a day of peace is all she desires in life, "let me rest tonight", she pleads, but she is unable to rest, her daily chores await her. We know this by looking at the repetitive structure of the first section. This shows to a great extent, how repetitive and vigorous these jobs are. This daily cycle appears never ending, she never has the opportunity to rest or have free time to herself, this vicious sequence of events, work sleep work sleep, is the only aspect of her life. The word "rest" refers to her exhaustion, and reveals to the reader just how tired she really is. The phrase altogether, "let me rest tonight", almost seems to be a plea, as all she wants is to release herself of this over bearing fatigue, which remains surrounding her like a thick mist. This is completely the adverse in lore, as he does have the opportunity to go out and socialise and mentally/physically free himself of stress and tiredness. But he chooses not to, reinforcing his isolated lifestyle and resentment to modern day society. ...read more.

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Resulting in the woman appearing more relaxed and at ease with her situation to the reader. In conclusion, it appears evident to the reader that the thoughts of life and work are presented through their characters. Job Davies shows a clear dislike towards new ideologies of farming work and proudly embraces the traditional farming work of his ancestors. In Woman Work, the woman confines to other peoples orders, and is forced to do the work at hand, although at the end of the day she finds peace and harmony, whilst dreaming of nature. They both find freedom in nature, and see it as a companion in there lonesome world. The difference is Job could go out and socialise and build a social life, but his firm independent ways, don't allow him to. Whereas, in Woman Work she would like nothing better than to go out and make a social life of her own but is unable to. However, she still manages to find solace and happiness after her work is done and that is when she is at one with nature. I feel Woman Work has a much more valuable meaning and much more evident message, the idea of finding peace and tranquillity in nature is truly beautiful. It also makes us think about how we take for granted our lives, that she will never have. But none of this matters to her, as all she wants is "one day of rest", which portrays an obvious message and clear meaning that life and rest is taken for granted. This encourages people to contemplate about their own life and whether we are truly making the most of it. ...read more.

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