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Poets do not always speak directly as themselves but use a persona, a speaker other than the poet. Explore the methods which poets use to convey their thoughts and feelings.

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Will Higgins Poets do not always speak directly as themselves but use a persona, a speaker other than the poet. Explore the methods which poets use to convey their thoughts and feelings. Robert Browning uses a silent auditor in 'My Last Duchess' in order to convey his thoughts and feelings. This silent auditor's speech is in the form of a dramatic monologue, and by using this device it implicates the audience in the action of the poem. By getting the audience involved all kinds of levels of emotion are added. This is an extremely good method to use in order to communicate the poets thoughts and feelings. Whereas in 'An Arundel Tomb' Philip Larkin doesn't use such a complex method when using another speaker or persona, the poem is simply narrated by an observer looking at the tomb. ...read more.

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We are immediately made aware of the erosion that has taken place over time, 'faces blurred,' and, 'Their proper habits vaguely shown'. The use of a persona gives the reader a good sense of time going by, and therefore the erosion that comes with it which affects the tomb. In both poems, punctuation plays an important role in conveying the thoughts of both the poets, through their respective personas. 'My Last Duchess' is heavily punctuated, full of dashes, ellipses, colons and semi colons amongst the other more common forms of punctuation. The punctuation is used for emphasis and effect. It is used to manufacture emotion in some instances, 'Somehow...I know not how...as if she ranked', the ellipses in this case are used to fabricate emotion, which with analysis can be deemed to be false. ...read more.

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This makes the reader feel more involved and therefore the poet's feelings will be conveyed more clearly. Also in the first stanza a dash is used in order to introduce an idea, this again conveys the poets feelings with more clarity, 'And that faint hint of the absurd -'. In the fifth stanza punctuation is used in a subtle manner. 'Through lengths and breadths/Of time. Snow fell, undated. Light/Each summer'. The punctuation here is used to slow down and reduce the pace of the poem in order for the reader to grasp the concept that time is passing by and we are moving through the seasons. The final significant usage of punctuation comes in the final stanza and is an obvious way to convey feelings. 'Our almost-instinct almost true:' This colon places emphasis on the last line, therefore the reader's attention is fully engaged and hence the poet's feelings will be conveyed with ease. ...read more.

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