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Poetry comparison of "boy driving his father to confession" and "praise song for my mother"

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GCSE English Coursework! Poetry comparison of "boy driving his father to confession" and "praise song for my mother" In class we researched two poems. Both poems are about family relationships. I am going to refer "boy driving his father to confession "as poem 1 and "praise song for my mother" as poem 2. In poem 1, the main subject is about a boy and his father, who are clearly not close and the boy is trying to find his father's emotions." Four times now, I have seen you as another man, a grown up friend, less than a father..." the boy has seen through his father's harsh front to his emotions, four times. "...Less than a father..." suggests that their relationship is not strong. However, in poem 2 it is a very different relationship. It gives us the impression that the daughter is mourning for her mother's death. "You were like sunrise to me..." the girl uses similes to reflex her mother to nature. They seem to be really close as the girl only speaks well of her mother. ...read more.


"You were like sunrise to me". The girl does not mean she is literally the sun, it is a metaphor. The word "sunrise" reflects the mother's personality, that she is warm and essential to the girl's life. This poem sounds like a eulogy as the girl is speaking in the past. The word "praise" in the title is almost church like and suggests the mother is dead. In poem 1 the rhythm clearly shows difficulty between father and boy. The writer uses assonance with short and harsh ending e.g. "died", "cried". This shows there is tension between father and boy with a bad atmosphere; both feel awkward towards each other. The syntax of this poem is broken up. There is a lot of punctuation in the poem unlike the 2nd poem, which is continuous and has no punctuation, almost story like. The syntax of poem 1 reflects that the boy feels agitated because he has had to deal with obstacles in his life, growing up and dealing with his father and there distant relationship. ...read more.


Poem 1 depends on rhyming. "...My child brother dies... Among men, you cried." To create an effect in the poem, there are short sounding vowels e.g. "warm", "rise". The words echo and sound more relaxed. There is the same pattern throughout poem 2 to represent the flow of the poem. The end line in poem 2 sounds like a command. "Go to your wide futures..." this is to empathise what the mother wants the daughter to do. Poem 1 is my personal favourite as I can relate to this, and I am sure many teenage boys can. Being close to your father throughout teenage years is very important, a shoulder to rest on when things go wrong, and a face to talk to when the world turns its back on you can make a difference in life. Sons are meant to fear turning into their father but truly knowing mine has made me want to be like him. If I were to write about my relationship with my father I would use the format and lexical choice as poem 2 because my relationship with my father is close and I have only good to say about him. Therefore my poem would be closer to poem 2. Sean Johnson 10l set 1 ...read more.

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