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Rejection and Years Ago are both poems that discuss the theme of love and relationships that have gone wrong.

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Introduction

Write about both poems and their effect on you. Show how they are similar and how they are different. You may write about each poem separately and then compare them, or make comparisons where appropriate in your answer as a whole. You may wish to include some or all of these points: ? The content of the poems ? what they are about; ? The ideas the poets may have wanted us to think about; ? The mood or atmosphere of the poems; ? How they are written ? words and phrases you find interesting, the way they are organised, and so on; ? Your responses to the poems, including how they are similar and how they are different. Rejection and Years Ago are both poems that discuss the theme of love and relationships that have gone wrong. However in the poem Rejection, Sullivan describes the consequences of a rejection and is saying her thoughts aloud. Conversely in the poem Years Ago the poet highlights what love brings about and recollects her memories. ...read more.

Middle

This emphasises the that Years ago has a much more positive attitude compared to Rejection. In Rejection the poet writes the poem in a certain structure which reflects what the writer states in her last stanza ?Like the last curled sandwich.? The poems could also be said to be written in the structure of a sandwich; the top two stanzas look at the sense of sight whereas the middle longest stanza looks at the other 4 senses. This suggests that that in love; sight begins and ends a rejection, this suggests that the judging by sight can lead to problems which may be the reason Sullivan was rejected. This adds to her advisory tone The poet uses short stanzas and a significant amount of enjambment. This technique increases the tempo of the poem and the use of enjambment intensifies the idea that the words are just falling out of her mouth uncontrollably emphasising her anger and how upset she is. However there is a pause of thought in the second stanza where she states ?Rejection looks like- me, I suppose.? Here it ...read more.

Conclusion

This is emphasised because she used a list of three right at the end of her poem. On the other hand in the poem Rejection the emphasis is more on the consequences and the pain of being rejected. As Sullivan?s tone is much more self-pitying the readers feel a negative atmosphere. Conversely in the other poem Jennings has a much more positive attitude and seems to feel guilty rather than self-pitying this shows that she has learnt from her mistakes so has more of a chance of going back into the cycle of love that her poem represents/ Overall I think Rejection is more successful at using imagery and giving the reader a very clear understanding of the feelings that one goes through after a rejection therefor emphasises the pain that one feels when love goes wrong which is the main theme of the two poems. I feel that Rejection was much better at portraying this as it reached all my senses and therefor made me feel as though I was going through her problems with her; this made me empathise with her further as I felt closer to her. ...read more.

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