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Compare the Way That the Poets Write About Nature in the Poems Sonnet, Patrolling Barnegat and Storm on the Island All three of these poems Sonnet by John Clare, Patrolling Barnegat by Walt Whitman, and Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney are all about nature and what part it plays in our life. Sonnet is all about Clare's love for summer, Patrolling Barnegat is about how people cannot control the power of the storm, Storm on the Island is again about a storm, and how people cope, and counter the storms affects. All three of these poems are similar, but in different ways; the subject of weather is obviously the main theme of each poem, all of the poems use the same poetic techniques; alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia. Although many poetic techniques are used, Patrolling Barnegat and Sonnet have hardly any punctuation this gives the poems more life and energy. ...read more.


The only way to fight the storm is to be prepared for the attack, as in the poem the islanders build there houses squat, sink the walls into rock, and roof them with good slate. Patrolling Barnegat has a very active mood as at the end of every line there is a verb for example, muttering, lashing, and watching. Due to the storm being so active and powerful it removes man's identity making them merely 'a group of dim, weird forms'. On the other hand Clare's Sonnet has a very happy, joyful mood, this is because john Clare wants to portray summer as a bright, busy time of year; he does this by using many verbs and by using many colourful adjectives such as 'stain with gold' Many poetic methods are used in all of these poems, some more than others. In Storm on the Island similes - 'spits like a tame cat', alliteration 'space is a salvo', conversation 'you know what I mean', and personal pronouns are all used. ...read more.


The poem has been written in present tense with a quick and active tone. Whitman has included lots of noise and sound words, such as roar, muttering, laughing, and shouting. Clare in his poem uses lots of words of movement to describe the summer. This poem has no punctuation. This allows the poem to flow quickly. Flow is also a word of movement. Because the poem flows it means that the overall tone of the poem is much more joyful and calm. The repetition of 'I love' also shows how much Clare loves the summer. Heaney's poem uses powerful words, and a conversational tone which makes the reader feel more involved, the poem has different sentence lengths, but does have a lot of punctuation. The poem is also written in the present tense giving the feeling that it is happening now, giving a greater sense of anxiety to the reader. ...read more.

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