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

In the poems Catrin and Follower, the parents are presented differently and yet all similar in some ways.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In the poems Catrin and Follower, the parents are presented differently and yet all similar in some ways. In the following poems we see various interesting examples of parent-child relationships. Some are easier to relate to than others but most communicate the stages of parenthood and the challenges posed by becoming responsible for another person. The poets each take different lines on how they perceive/d parenthood and the each in which their children reacted. Catrin begins with the poet's voice speaking to a child. The poem highlights the differences between mother and child and the common problems parents have with their children. The second and third lines create a sense of an uncomfortable atmosphere, with the 'hot, white room' making the place seem clinically white, as she gazes outside watching cars pass. The description of the room adds to the intense, angry atmosphere. Clarke looks out of the window, rather than at her daughter, almost avoiding her gaze as she knows this make weaken her resolve and allow her daughter to do what she wants. ...read more.

Middle

She looks powerful, 'with your straight, strong, long brown hair and your rosy, defiant glare', making her seem the one in control. The image of the rope is brought in again, with the idea of the daughter tightening it 'about my life, trailing love and conflict' so the rope metaphorically is a tie between the two of them that, despite their differences, seems to bring them closer. Despite their intense feelings, they can't escape from each other. The argument is about whether the daughter can stay outside in the dark skating for 'one more hour', which brings about the present conflicts of growing up and letting go. 'Dark' links to fears and could suggest both the very natural fears of the parents and the fearless nature of children; may be it suggests a desire to stay in the womb perhaps, or it Could suggest the fact that both parent and child are still 'in the dark' about each other. However, in Follower, the poem examines Heaney's relationship with his father and the effects of ageing. ...read more.

Conclusion

The final words 'and will not go away' seem harsh, as if Heaney finds his father an irritant, yet his father put up with him when he was a young boy, getting in the way. It almost seems selfish, but possibly shows how people do find caring for their elderly relatives a difficult thing to do. I think that the end stanza indicates that Heaney's dad is following him as a ghost. Heaney now sees his father as a burden; he cannot tolerate his father who was prepared to withstand his childish behaviour when he was young. I think that Heaney's attitude towards his father has certainly altered, mainly due to the inconveniences of old age and the burdens they have caused. Catrin is different because its irregular line endings and stanzas is also a symbol of conflict between parent and child, which Follower's structure does not symbolise. However different the parents in both poems may be, they all love their children, and are saddened when the children no longer has dependency on the parents. ...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 Comparisons 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 Comparisons essays

  1. Post-1914 Poetry Comparison How do Plath in Morning Song and Clarke in Catrin suggest ...

    This is quite an intimidating thought, showing that perhaps Clarke doesn't feel confident in her ability to be a good mother. Catrin as a poem highlights the sense of a mother not feeling up to the challenge of parenthood. We see her nervous nature affecting her judgement in both of the stanzas: past and present.

  2. morning song and catrin comparison essay

    into the poem also helps build up an image in your mind. The poem begins in the labour ward of the hospital: it is 'hot' and 'white' which indicates a very sterile and clean. Further on it is seen as 'a square environmental blank' and a 'glass tank'.

  1. How is the idea of identity presented in Agard's 'Half Caste' and Dharker's 'This ...

    when Dharker writes, "breaking out/ of itself, cracking", she may be using it because she wants to prove that although she originates from Pakistan she can fluently speak English and also use it to create poetry. Alternatively she might want to show that she feels part of the British culture.

  2. By close reference to the poems Mid-Term Break,(TM) by Seamus Heaney, and Out, Out,(TM) ...

    were we learn the young age of the boy and what happened to him and the fact that these lines rhyme empathise the situation and make them even more shocking. The only alliteration in the poem is in this final line as, 'four foot box,' and this makes it even more moving.

  1. Compare 'Eldest Son' by Mahendra Solanki and 'Walking Away' by C. Day Lewis. How ...

    This ultimately is how his son will learn to be independent. In the third stanza, the poet uses natural imagery when he says, 'That hesitant figure, eddying away' The word 'eddying' creates an image in our minds of his son slipping away, and that he is finally learnt to be on his own two feet.

  2. Nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and I am not that woman by Kishwar Naheed ...

    This is seen in the words "Working man's cafe." And "New up market, haute cuisine" this shows that the restaurant was intended for wealthy white customers excluding the masses (blacks.) The quote describes the masses feeling of rage. The word "New" symbolises an extravagant, fashionable, tidy and clean place.

  1. Compare and contrast the similarities and Differences between the poems of Seamus Heaney and ...

    Heaney's other poem 'The Early Purges' focuses on Heaney growing up through his childhood, and his journey to becoming an adult, and obtaining a different perspective on certain things. 'The Early Purges', is very significant. 'Early' implies something that happened to Heaney when he was young - early on in

  2. Explore the ways in which metaphysical ideas are presented in Time by Allen Curnow ...

    The metaphor meaning of this phrase is to suggest that the moon will always be with us, to protect us especially when things turn hard and we become weak. This has a special link to the metaphysical idea as the moon can be a symbol of nature and here we

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