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

never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts and the Lie

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE other cultures poetry coursework compare and contrast "the lie" by Maya angelou and "Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts" by Alice walker, paying close attention to love. We have been studying two poems by poets from other cultures. One of the poets is Maya angelou she wrote a poem called "The Lie". The other poem we are studying is "never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts" by Alice walker. Both of these poets were alive during the civil rights movement, they were highly political and were both feminists; they also both suffered a trauma at the age of 8. Maya angelou was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend Mr Freeman. She wrote about this in her autobiography "I know why the caged birds sing". Alice walker was shot in the eye by her brother with a BB gun. Their literature had similar themes, they both wrote about gender, relationship, and kinship, in this essay I'm going to be comparing and contrasting the two poems, paying close attention to love. Both of these poems are about romantic love, rather than filial love. Both the poems are written about being hurt by love, being betrayed, and about having your trust abused. ...read more.

Middle

"The Lie" is written in three four lined verses that are rhymed. One line, after the 3rd stanza asks the rhetorical question "are you leaving?" This shows where the tone of the poem changes. In the last stanza the structure completely changes, the stanza has an AABB rhyme structure. In contrast Alice Walker's poem is written in the style of a recipe, it has short lines and commands, it is written as though you are speaking directly to Walker. The entire poem is unrhymed. The word "delicious" is written in italics like in a recipe, the italics enhance the way "delicious" is used in a sinister way. Tension builds up all the way through the poem but break to a calm tone at the end. There is comparison to be found when analysing the language of the poems. Both poems use negative verbs such as "hold", "threaten","sear","tearing" the use of these verbs shows how much she would like to hurt him. Walker's poem also uses negative verbs to show how much the man doesn't care that he is hurting walker's heart. Unlike in "The Lie", "never offer your heart.." contains sibilance, when walker writes "send it shuttling from side to side" the repetition of s makes the words sound sinister and evil and like you can hear the mans saliva in his mouth. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "The Lie" there is no rhyme until the last stanza where angelou rhymes "late" with "date" this is visual rhyme when "gone" is rhymed with "telephone", this half rhyme shows how broken angelou is. In "never offer..." Half rhyme is also used in the last stanza this adds a happy upbeat feel this fits in with the idea of women there to help in Africa. The rhythm in "The Lie" starts off slow and lots of commas are used, this makes the poem seem scary, but when it reaches the last stanza the rhythm is also slow, and the use of run on lines adds to the sinister tone. In conclusion, it is evident that both poems are similar in the way that they are both written about love in a sinister way. The poems are different in that "The Lie" is written en an angry and upset mood, the word "today" is used, this showed how recent the poem was written after she was heart broken, However, in comparison the other poem "never offer your heart.." is written more about men in general as oppose to one particular man like in "The Lie". My own personal preference is "The Lie" because I liked how emotional it is, but how there is a sudden change of mood at the end. ...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. The poems, "I am not that woman" by Kishwar Naheed and "Woman Work" by ...

    This also links to the next line "Remember me." She doesn't want the man to forget her and tries to imprint herself on his brain. The next four lines relate to sexual imagery. " I am the one in whose lap you picked flowers and planted thorns and embers not

  2. Compare Lore by R.S. Thomas and Woman Work by Maya Angelou. How do the ...

    "Star shine, moon glow You're all that I can call my own" she has nothing to hope for she owns nothing. The woman in "Woman Work" has a pessimistic attitude to life, in my opinion Maya Angelou also shares this attitude with the woman.

  1. Compare and contrast The Flea(TM) by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress(TM) by ...

    We get this idea from the first stanza,that she is a religious person as he tends to back up most of his arguments with the idea of religion. We also can see that in the second stanza she tries to leave, again it is not voiced from her but we

  2. Comparing and contrasting of poems 'Woman Work' and Overheard in County Sligo'

    most of the night, hour or so sleep and then all over again. Every single day. It seems unfair and unjust. Still in stanza one you can see that the woman in the poem is black. This is because you can picture her through the things that are written.

  1. Analysing And Contrasting Two Poems

    We have not yet been told who he is and this adds as evidence towards my theory of the poem being written from a child's perspective or of a childhood memory. In the quote above is a pause in between "right shoulder" and "a winch".

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

    In the third stanza, Tatumkhulu Afrika uses contrast effectively to make his argument by creating an image in the readers mind. He shows inequality by the use of sharp contrast between the whites lifestyle compared to the masses (blacks.) He sees evidence that there has been no change with racism as he discovers places such as the two restaurants.

  1. "Telephone Conversation," by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly," by ...

    The panel discusses the candidate's accent and schooling and refers to it as a handicap. This stanza conveys the employers as highly educated, condescending and prejudiced members of the old school tie network. The employers are very formal and seem to show no emotion.

  2. How do 'Telephone Conversation', 'Not My Best Side' and 'You Will be Hearing From ...

    'Facially I am a brunette, but madam you should see the rest of me. Palm of my hand, soles of my feet are a peroxide blonde' (lines 28-30). There is also an aspect of irony, when the man says 'Friction caused - foolishly by sitting down' There is a change

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