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How do the writers explore and present the themes of conscience, violence and murder in the poems The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy and Salome by Carol Ann Duffy?

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Compare the lives of the narrators in the poems, 'Charlotte O'Neil's song' and 'the song of The Old Mother. The Song of the Old Mother was written by William Butler Yeats he was born in 1865 and died in 1939 he was born in Dublin. It was published in 1889. Charlotte O'Neil's Song was written by Isabella Hercus in 1871. The Song Of The Old Mother is about a women who works all the time " while I must work because I am old and the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold." ...read more.

Middle

You dined at eight and slept till late. I emptied your chamber pot. The rich man earns his castle, you said. The poor deserve the gate. But I'll never say 'sir' Or 'thank you ma'am And I'll never curtsy more. You can bake your bread And make your bed And answer your own front door. This shows that the girl did everything and is not doing it any more. In The Song Of The Old Mother the girl in that is working and isn't stopping whereas in Charlotte O'Neil's Song the girl was working but is not any more. ...read more.

Conclusion

to tell them not to make there children work or be a slave for them and telling them to go out and work instead. In The Song of the Old Mother the poet wanted us to think about how it would feel if we were them and how it feels looking through there eyes, and how it would feel to do the same thing over and over again. In Charlotte O'Neil's Song the poet also wanted us to think about how it would feel to be a slave all the time and then how it would feel to just put a stop to it all. ...read more.

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