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In Sick Equation the poet explores his experience love. Compare this poem to one other you consider shares the same theme.

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In 'Sick Equation' the poet explores his experience love. Compare this poem to one other you consider shares the same theme. 'Sick Equation' by Brian Patten and 'Mirror' by Sylvia Plath both explore the poet's experience of love. 'Sick Equation' is about a man whose parents seemed to be divorced or did not love each other. In this poem he rejects the concept of love and implies that it is better it be free, without the burden of love. 'Mirror' is about how a woman is looking for her identity after betrayal from her lover. In this poem she uses extended metaphors to portray herself as an image or reflection. Throughout the poem she ponders about how she has wasted her life; "In me has drowned a young girl". ...read more.

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Unlike Brian Patten she does not realise that love is hopeful and can be a good thing. Despite this she ends the poem on an odd and slightly humorous tone; "day after day, like a terrible fish". The simile if the fish is very welcome as the rest of the poem is quite depressing. Even though this simile is funny, there is still an element of fright because of the striking word 'terrible'. The initial meaning of 'Sick Equation' is that to not trust love or else you will come of worse. This is displayed by his parents; they believed in love and ended up distraught because of their decision. Contrary to his initial opinion, in the latter stages of the poem, the writer changes his view about love; he realises that love is worth trying despite the chance of disappointment. ...read more.

Conclusion

In 'Sick Equation' Brain Patten explores his only experience of love which is his witnessing his parents' love, or lack of it. This gave him a bad impression of love which he managed to overcome. The impact of 'Sick Equation' is that it teaches the reader that love is worth attempting even though there is a chance of disappointment. It shows us that there is a chance that love will be good, and to achieve that you must be able to give love, so you can receive it. The impact of 'Mirror' leaves the reader feeling sorry for the poet. It also emphasizes that when looking in a mirror you see an image, not reality. This would make the reader think about who they are, and if they are just what others see in them. By Ali Jaffer ...read more.

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