• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Baxters two poems, He Waiata mo Te Kare and The Ballad of Calvary Street, his singular views on two differing circumstances of marriage are expressed

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Poetry is the expression of a poet's singular outlook. To what extent do you agree with this? "Poetry is the expression of a poet's singular outlook" - I wholly agree with this statement. A poet's work is affected by the factors that influence him or her, for example, their religion, their upbringing, their ethnicity, their social status, and many others. Their poetry is an expression of their view on the world, and their thoughts and perceptions of certain aspects of life. A person's outlook on the world is totally unique, as everybody has had different experiences and obstacles that have shaped them into who they are, thus, a poet's work is the result of thoughts that are totally singular, unique and different to that of anyone else. James K. Baxter's poetry, for example, is an expression of himself and the thoughts and perceptions he has that are totally unique to him, as seen in He Waiata mo Te Kare, and The Ballad of Calvary Street. ...read more.

Middle

From this we learn that Baxter is nostalgic about the close relationship he once had with Jacqueline and how he wishes to reunite with her before it is too late. The birds he compares himself and Jacqueline to are typically symbols of freedom, however, the free birds choosing to fly together at evening is an expression of Baxter's idea that he has had enough freedom and isolation and wishes to be back with the woman he loves. Divorce is a stressful event in any person's life, however, Baxter, as with anyone else who has experienced it, was influenced in a unique way. His poem is a singular expression of his coping with and seemingly regretting the separation of himself and Jacqueline, and regardless of the divorce affecting both parties, is his unique view and portrayal of his feelings. James K. Baxter's earlier poem, The Ballad of Calvary Street, is another example of his views on love, however, it is an artificial love that greatly contrasts the passion and dedication he felt toward Jacqueline. ...read more.

Conclusion

He describes how Yin and Yang, the opposing yet complimentary aspects of a relationship, wouldn't meet in their relationship, and questions the sanctity of marriage as a religious right if there is no real feeling between them. "Why hammer nails?" Baxter's views on a lacklustre marriage, such as the one portrayed in the poem, are singular, and this poem is an expression of those views and his feelings about the lack of love and affection in the relationship. In Baxter's two poems, He Waiata mo Te Kare and The Ballad of Calvary Street, his singular views on two differing circumstances of marriage are expressed; in the first, his devotion to his ex-wife and nostalgia about the relationship they shared is clearly portrayed, while in the second, he explores the idea of a failing marriage that reflects negatively upon religious practices due to its lack of genuine feeling. Both pieces are clear examples of his singular views, and while each express these in different ways, are evidence that poetry is indeed the expression of a singular outlook. Georgia Armstrong ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Three Traditional Ballads - The Griesly Wife, Frankie and Johnny and The Ballad ...

    The poem has many fabulous features about it such as refrain in every paragraph, but this changes as the poem progresses. Frankie and Johnny were loving lovers, and the poem also says that "They swore to be true to each other" and they are compared to a simple simile "As true as the stars above."

  2. Compare two Victorian poems.

    The main difference is the different type of love each author is showing. Barrett Browning shows physical "depth and breadth and height" undying "I shall but love thee better after death" love, whereas Rosetti shows shy , insecure "yet if you should forget me" love.

  1. The choice, the option, the decision of marriage is one that I have been ...

    . . Hegel disparages the modern romantic notion that the essential thing about marriage is "being in love". Undoubtedly personal inclination cannot be ignored. But to put exclusive emphasis upon this is to base marriage entirely upon subjective feeling.

  2. Comparing and Contrasting Poetry

    Maya Angelou starts the stanza using 'Had I known...'. This states that if the person had had the fore knowledge that there would be a catastrophe or a disaster, they would not have engaged themselves into this relationship. Maya Angelou ahs titled the poem 'Prescience'. This means knowing something before it occurs.

  1. By close study of Valentine and I Wouldnt Thank You for a Valentine, show ...

    is commonly used at weddings, the highest form of love you can possibly show to another person.

  2. Love Poetry

    I know all this, because in 'The Seduction', Eileen McAuley uses words like 'sobbed' and 'cheated'. It is very disheartening and the readers really sympathise with her. In 'To His Coy Mistress', Andrew Marvell uses phrases like 'For lady you deserve this state', '...then worms shall try That long preserv'd virginity' and 'Like amorous birds of prey'.

  1. Compare the poems "Long distance" and "My Grandmother."

    The word "blight" creates imagery of death in the reader and the words "rusted lock" reinforces the imagery of disease and it forces the notion that disease has spread. Consequently, the reader will have more empathy towards the father and almost feel the grief of the father, in the tone of the poem, as the imagery is associated with death.

  2. Love Poetry

    A tone throughout the poem is joyful. The pace is quick matching her enthusiasm. Rossetti repeats the reason for a joy in her poem because she and her love are united; it is her love that gives her a rehabilitated passion of life. Both of Rossetti's poems give a message to us that love has many sides, the ups and downs, and the blissful and euphoric moments.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work