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"Poets rethink everything anew" From your reading of poetry show how two or three of the poems may have given you a new or different sense of poetry or of human experience, and comment on how these effects were achieved in the poetry. Refer to poems by at least two different poets. There are lots of poems which may create a new or different sense of poetry or of human experience. Some very good examples for this are Wislawa Szymborska�s "The Joy of Writing", in which she explores the process of creating poetry, and "Hitler`s First Photograph", which is about the dictator as a child, as well as Carol Ann Duffy�s "Valentine", that compares love with an onion. In "The Joy of Writing" the special feature, which gives us a new sensation of poetry, is that Szymborska does not only write a "normal" poem, but also about how she writes it and what abilities and power this gives her. She suggests, that the author can decide alone, what happens in a poem. ...read more.


In "Hitler`s First Photograph" Szymborska explores the life of Adolf Hitler in a completely new way by describing his childhood instead of his time as an adult. Normally when we hear about this man, we hear about him as a cruel dictator. In this poem the author suggests that Hitler in his first years was like every other child of his age and that by then nobody could have known what would happen some decades later, when Hitler established the National Socialism in Germany and World War II began. The phrase "Whose tummy full of milk, we just don�t know: printer�s, doctor�s, merchant�s, priest�s?" for example uses dramatic irony to underline, that the future is unpredictable and many things could happen. That also implies, that we just do not know what will be later and every child or young person could be a potential dictator or another important man in history. The imagery used in this poem creates the picture of a happy, young family who see their "little angel" grow up, which is a new or not that well known aspect in the life of Adolf Hitler. ...read more.


This simile means, that onions can make people crying with their scent, as well as love can make people crying with strong emotions. Another good example is the metaphor: "It is a moon wrapped in brown paper". This means that an onion, although its outside is brown and unspectacular, is bright and miraculous inside and is therefore as romantic as the moon, which is a symbol for love. The imagery and the diction are quite negative and do not fit the expectations created by the title "Valentine", which shows that Duffy�s approach to this topic is novelly. For incidence words like "tears", "grief" or "shrink" would be more associated with dead or sadness than with love. This contrast between our expectations of the topic and the actual diction and imagery is one thing that this poem has in common with the earlier discussed poems by Szymborska. The poem lacks structure, which clearly breaks with tradition and shows the attempt to create something new. The odd structure supports the content of the poem To conclude, all three of the discussed poems create a new sensation of poetry by choosing a common topic, of which we have a certain conception, and then disprove our expectations. ...read more.

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