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Poem Comparison: "Remember" and "Stop All the Clocks"

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Poem Comparison: "Remember" and "Stop All the Clocks" The poems 'Stop all the Clocks' by W.H. Auden and 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti examine the subjects of death and mourning. However they approach them in a totally different way. Whilst they are both written in the first person, Rossetti writes from the point of view of the person who is dying and Auden from that of the friend or lover left to mourn. Rossetti writes in the period before the death. "Remember me when I am gone away" In an attempt to comfort the lover who will be left behind. She wants to help him to move on after the death. "Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad" 'Stop all the clocks' is written soon after the death "Silence the piano and with the muffled drum Bring out the coffin let the mourners come" Auden shows the raw emotion and utter devastation that the writer is feeling. He can envisage no future for himself. ...read more.

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They both have strong use of rhyme and rhythm but in different ways. In 'Stop all the clocks', Auden uses rhyming couplets in all four stanzas. "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone" Rossetti also uses rhyme but it is not as obvious as Auden's. She uses some couplets. Lines one, four, five and eight end with the same syllable - ay. Where the mood becomes more comforting at line nine, she changes the rhyme scheme. Rossetti has written the whole poem in a single stanza of fourteen lines with one flowing train of thought. She uses ten syllables in each line except for line eleven where she only uses nine. I think this is because it is an enjambment. It has a smooth, flowing rhythm. In stanza three, Auden changes from what he wants to happen, to what his lover meant to him. To emphasize this he changes the rhythm and metre. In the first three lines of the third stanza, he lists what his lover meant to him and because he does this, he alters the rhythm and makes it a more punctuated metre. ...read more.

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He asks for everything to show a sign of respect. This is shown by Auden saying; "Put cr�pe bows round the white necks of the public doves Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves." To end the poem, Auden has talked about how life will never be the same without this person in his life. He has got no hope what so ever for the future. "For nothing now can ever come to any good" Rossetti uses euphemisms throughout the poem. She never actually mentions the words death, or dying, even though we understand from the use of the phrase; "Gone far away into the silent land" She ends the poem trying to make the reader forget about the sad event. "Better by far that you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad" Of the two poems, I prefer 'Stop all the clocks'. This is because I like the use of rhythm and rhyme. It also had a bigger impact on me because he is not euphemistic. The whole poem cries out Auden's devastation because "He Is Dead". ...read more.

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