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In this essay I will be dealing with two poems. The Richest Poor Man In the Valley and Buffalo .

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GCSE Coursework - English Literature Comparison Of Two Poems In this essay I will be dealing with two poems. " The Richest Poor Man In the Valley" and " Buffalo ". I will analyse both poems content, ideas of the poet, the overall mood and atmosphere and mechanical structure. In the final part of this essay I will be comparing both poems, looking at the similarities and differences in mechanical structure and overall content. " The Richest Poor Man In The Valley " is about a man who loves the outdoors. The man is a farmer and each day on the hillside his dog brings down the sheep from the top of the mountain. However the man eventually dies and at the funeral friends and family are upset and his demise. The poet definitely has some ideas he wants to get across, the choice of the title " The Richest Poor Man In The Valley " seems to suggest that the poet believes wealth and material possessions are of little significance and people can be very happy without wealth, if you have joy, happiness and good friends. You could be the wealthiest man in the world but inside you could be a cold and miserable man, however likewise you could be living in desperate poverty but be rich in warmth and kindness. ...read more.

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Also I believe the poet wants to get across the idea that everyone matters and every life is precious, people who have the ability to make a difference is this world will be sorely missed when they eventually perish " Leaves a whole in the universe ". Finally I believe the poet tries to teach people respect and tolerance for everyone be there religion, physical appearance or social class, everyone is equal. To take the poem from face value, the poem would seem rather sad, a lonely man, who has little to nothing " Lived bottom of Trelawny Street with a slat thin whippet ". However the poem is rather a celebration of life, the man did not have a lot of money but lived his life to the full, teaching respect and tolerance to everyone, which to me is far more valuable than gold, silver or any precious stone, as they are priceless and no amount of money can buy them. I love the phrase " Buffalo Jenkyn ". A buffalo is a big strong animal so to describe a man as buffalo gives us the impression that Buffalo Jenkyn is a strong, well built man who can look after himself. Also I like how the poet gives Buffalo Jenkyn a kind of indestructible, unstoppable force " The Shrapnel bounced off him ". ...read more.

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But both poems celebrate life and how precious it is and how you don't need money to live a happy and full life. Buffalo teaches us the idea of respect and tolerance towards everyone and not to pre judge people because of their physical appearance or their religious beliefs. Buffalo in some places is humorous " I see him making the Fiddlers Bitch ", but " The Richest Poor Man In The Valley " is far more serious and is trying to send a message to people that wealth is insignificant, Buffalo is far more about the celebration of life and encouraging people to live life to the full and witness and cherish all of gods creation before you die as life is fragile and can be given and taken away in a flash. In both poems the men are surrounded by animals, both men look after there animals well, treating them with respect like the way we should treat the people all around of us Both poems try to show how each man will be sorely missed and that the world will be a worse place without them. Each poem shows that warmth, kindness and respect cannot be brought, and more precious than any stone, money does not buy you friends or respect, warmth and kindness does. Neither man was particularly wealthy but they still managed to live a happy life, wealth is not the most important thing after all. ...read more.

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