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RS Thomas comparing cynddylan and lore

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RS Thomas grew up in a very poor area of northern Wales, dominated by Greenland and oblivious to most forms of industry and modernisation. Later in life he became a Vicor in one of these typical areas. This was all Thomas' inspiration towards his writings as became a poet. His poems focus on natural beauty. The two poems we looked closely at were 'Cynddylan' and 'Lore'. In Cynddylan, Thomas contrasts a farmer's personality to farming after he has started using a tractor on everyday work on his land with before when all his farming was done by hand and tool. Cynddylans' attitude towards nature has now been changed by this machine that helps him but masks the beauty of his surroundings. Lore, on the other hand, is about a dedicated and traditional well experienced eighty-five year old farmer who sticks to the natural way of farming by paying to attention to all driven machines and prefers to stick with conventional methods to tend his soil throughout life. In my essay I will compare this modernised farmer in 'Cynddylan' from this traditional and more respected farmer in 'Lore'. ...read more.

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completely separated from his companion called nature, he has chosen the machine over his environment, and he himself once ran on the same fuel as these trees, by working in the sun and growing with his land in peace and serenity. And all the bills are singing, bills wide in vain; As Cynddylan passes proudly up the lane." The birds are now in devastation and disgust at watching this transformed man ride up and down the field in his tractor and are now competing to hear themselves over this new aggressive roar of the engine that fills the air they once owned. Cynddylan has no structured rhyme scheme; the voice of the poem is Thomas' as a narrator to some extent and the general tone of the poem is quite negative from start to finish it consists of a farmer who was once a wise man but is now caught up with modernisation and has turned completely unconventional by the end of the poem. In Lore, the very title of the poem suggests optimism as 'Lore' means wisdom to past down through generation. ...read more.

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"What to do? Stay green. Never mind the machine...." Job expresses his thought behind farming in an overall message. This challenges the opposition poem "Cynddylan" on how to portray farming. "....whose fuel is human souls." Job uses his wisdom in a very dramatising way by saying how the machinery revolution to farming has completely destroyed mans relationship with nature. "Live large, man, and dream small" Thomas here has used 'Paradox' whereby he contradicts himself after Job has expressed his philosophy. Lore has a typical rhyme scheme of AABC for stanza's 1, 2, 4 and 5, on stanza 3 the rhyme scheme is AABB. The voice of the poem swaps every stanza between Thomas and Job, the poems character. The tone of the poem is a much happier and laughable poem compared to Cynddylan. It is more positive and has a better respected character in it compared to Cynddylan. Thomas created the two characters himself, exploring the approaches to farming, he has made it quite obvious that Job Davies has come out the better man for the route he choose to go by farming. Niall Bradley 12L Mrs Kirby English Literature Coursework ...read more.

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