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How does Carol Ann Duffy and one other poem present Male characters

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Thursday 11th march 2010 compare the ways Duffy and one Pre - 1914 poet present male characters in their poems. In the poem "we remember your childhood well" by Duffy is a poem about denial. The speaker appears to be a father reassuring his grown-up daughter that she had a happy childhood. The reassurances are not convincing, as if there is something to hide but the poem also makes us think of the real fears that fathers have for their daughters everywhere, that they will be accused later of some kind of cruelty. So they have assembled a record of evidence (pictures) to refresh the child's memories. The child does not speak in the poem, but we do see his or her viewpoint, since the parent is denying or prove something wrong, things of which the child has evidently accused their parents of doing something. Also in the poem "on my first sonne" by Ben Jonson is a poem about this outpouring of a father's grief on the death of his young son, although written almost four hundred years ago, is so poignant that we can easily identify with the poet's experience. ...read more.


The last stanza also opens with a short sentence - but this time it is a question: "What does it matter now?" "On my first sonne" the following line continues the religious theme, as Johnson considers that his son was actually lent to him by God: 'Seven yeeres tho'wert lent to me,' and we now know that the child died at the age of seven. Johnson believes that all life is a gift from God, and that he had to give his child back to God at such a young age. In line 5 Johnson pours out his grief in the phrase 'O, could I loose all father', he wishes that he did not have to take on the role of a father who loved his son so dearly, because it is painful to mourn for a child. However, the poet then goes on to say 'For why / Will man lament the state he should envie?' meaning that it is strange to grieve over death, as death is something that should be welcomed, something to look forward to. ...read more.


But the father claims that the daughter has misunderstood things or remembered them not quite as they were. Partly the explanation for this is that the daughter's recollections are subjective "impressions" which are mistaken or false memories. The father's reassurance is unconvincing, for different reasons - such as the way he or she shifts ground: "That didn't occur. You couldn't sing anyway, cared less" or the way the father claims to know the daughter's own feelings better than he ever did - "you wanted to go that day. Begged" and "people/You seemed to like". The ending of the poem is very upsetting, it appears that the child blames the parents for ruining her life, while they deny this: "nobody...laid you wide open for Hell." In comparison both of the following poems, "we remember your childhood well" and "On my first sonne" both represent father and children situations and how they handle the way the father's feel about how their children act. The fathers both act the same way even though they have different situations. What I mean by that is that they both love their sons or daughters even if they did something they wish their children did not do or if they have lost them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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