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Seamus Heaney's Storm on the Island and Walt Whitman's Patrolling Barnegat which were written in 1966 and 1856 respectively are two classical poems describing vividly

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How the poems I have studied explored nature and its effect. Seamus Heaney's Storm on the Island and Walt Whitman's Patrolling Barnegat which were written in 1966 and 1856 respectively are two classical poems describing vividly the horror and insecurity experienced by human's during a wild storm. Storm on the Island and Patrolling Barnegat have many similarities and differences, the similarities reside around each writer's description of a storm but the differences are mainly due to the writer's on personal attitude and approach to a storm and how they apply it to their writing. At the beginning of Heaney's Storm on the Island he clearly highlights that they have prepared for a storm "We are prepared; we build our houses squat", Heaney also makes it clear that there is no company or shelter on the island "Nor are there trees that might prove company when it blows full blast". Throughout the poem Heaney is describing the elements that have to be faced during a storm, he describes the wind, the sea and the fear they produce. ...read more.

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Heaney's Storm on the Island is a blank verse poem with 10 syllables in each line. The tone and rhythm of each poem reflects the poet's own personal preference on how they wished to write and construct their own poem, unsurprisingly the tone and rhythm of each poem is uniquely different. The rhythm of Storm on the Island is one that flows steady in a controlled manner and the tone compliments this as it is written in a laid-back relaxed style. This relaxed tone gives me the impression that Heaney is having a conversation with the reader. In my view I think Heaney uses this conversational style to make the reader feel more involved, as if he wants to explain to the readers what it is like to live on a barren, remote and unprotected island. He wants the readers to understand the bleakness and fear its inhabitants feel. On the other hand, the rhythm and tone of Whitman's Patrolling Barnegat is totally dissimilar to that of Storm on the Island. ...read more.

Conclusion

To conclude, from a personal viewpoint I believe that both Storm on the Island and Patrolling by Seamus Heaney and Walt Whitman respectively are two outstanding poems providing the readers with a flamboyant re-creation of a storm and how it affected the people experiencing it. My preference would have to be Patrolling Barnegat as I feel I was more engaged in the reading of it than I was in the reading of Storm on the Island and the way Whitman described the various components of a storm really impressed more so than anything else. On a final note I would like to acknowledge that these two poems I have been comparing are non-fiction but I do realise that storms do occur and their consequences can be catastrophic to say the least and you have to look no further than the recent hurricane disaster in New Orleans were over one thousand people lost their lives to the devastation caused by nature and that thousands of peoples lives have been permanently affected by this. We all should learn a valuable lesson from this disaster and in future hopefully this tragedy will not have to be experienced again. ...read more.

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