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Look Again at "Old Man, Old Man" and One Other Poem. How Does the Writers Explore the Relationships Between Parents and Children?

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Look Again at "Old Man, Old Man" and One Other Poem. How Does the Writers Explore the Relationships Between Parents and Children? The biggest influence on a child's life is their parents, as it is they who provide them with love and keep on them on the right track. In the two poems presented it is evident that both poets had different upbringings and had different attitudes towards their parents. Heaney was depressed due to the differences he and his father had, and conveys these feelings through the use of poetical devices. Fanthorpe was troubled too, but because she felt she never received enough love from her father and this emotion of sadness is expressed mainly through her choice of vocabulary. In the first three stanzas Heaney establishes the fact that there is a difference between himself and his father using language and poetic devices. He describes that his pen "rests; snug as a gun". ...read more.

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Heaney also demonstrates in the poem how he admires his father and how he wishes he could be like him. When Heaney describes his father "Stooping in rhythm", the reader get the image that his father found his work easy, and that his skills came naturally to him as if he were born with them. From this reader can deduce that Heaney idolised his father due to his expertise working on the land. Heaney then adds a sense of heritage to his father's farm skills to concretise his feeling of respect and adoration. "By God, the old man could handle a spade. / Just like his old man". Here the reader learns of how the skills have been passed down, and that Heaney has an enormous amount of pride in his family and his family business. Furthermore, Heaney uses colloquial language ("By God") to highlight his admiration, because it helps indicate how astounded he is by their talent. ...read more.

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Due to this sense of duty Fanthorpe feels towards her father, it can be argued that the poet belongs to a traditional, close-knit family. When Fanthorpe says "I love / Your helplessness", the reader understands that she sees his old age as an opportunity for her to be a good daughter and help him. Due to her willingness, the reader sees that the poet has unconditional love for her father, as she is prepared to help and love him, even after the years of neglect she suffered as a child. In conclusion the two poems distance and unite themselves in several places. Firstly both poets use language to emphasise the fact that they both admired their fathers. For example Heaney used colloquial language, while Fanthorpe uses hyperboles to show their father's skill. However Heaney makes more use of poetical devices to help emphasise his points, while Fanthorpe relies more on description and diction. Also Heaney juxtaposes his character with his father's to bring out the difference in the two. Lastly both writers convey a mood of sadness in their poems showing how their relationships weren't always perfect. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dilan Pathmajothy 10S ...read more.

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