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Seamus Heany and Grace Nichol's Poems Comparison Essay

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Explore how the poets you have studied present relationships with parents. The relationships that the poems I have studied are about parents'. I understand that the two poems that I have studied have extremely different views on their parents. The two poems that I have looked at are "Boy driving his father to confession." by Seamus Heaney and "A praise song for my mother." by Grace Nichols .These two poems are very different and one reason for this would be that the two poets are from two very different ways of life .Seamus Heaney was born and raised in the city of Derry in Ireland which can be seen by some of the dialect used in the poem. We can tell that he has used language because we are familiar with the words because we are from the same area. On the other hand, Grace Nichols is from a small area in the Caribbean called Georgetown and so uses images in the poem that are familiar to her and the area .Seamus Heaney spent most of his childhood years in a rural part of Ireland with all types of weather ...read more.


Grace Nichols' poem is short but is full of information about her mother that she can recall. Her poem shows more passion and intensity that is expressed through the love that exudes from her .Although Heaney's is both passionate and intense it is a way for him to vent his anger and disappointment in his father. Nichols uses metaphors in every stanza apart from the last one. Metaphors are a figure of speech in which a word is applied to an object that it does not literally apply to in order to imply a resemblance The metaphor such as "You were water to me." shows how she pictures her mother as loving and caring. The metaphors in the poem are also used as tools to help make the poem more interesting for the reader. Heaney on the other hand retells upsetting and painful memories from his childhood which gives us an insight as to what his life and father was like making it more personal which helps to keep the reader included as they feel that they now know the poet. ...read more.


He says this because his father taught him that men did not cry and so by doing this he was being hypocritical. But by the end of the poem Heaney seems to be seeking desperately o find some common ground with his father, showing that he wants to have better relationship with his father and is attempting to create one .he finds a characteristic present in both himself and his father which is awkwardness between their fathers but in his fathers case his father is the lord. Seamus Heaney sees this at the end of the poem when his father walks awkwardly to the church, "Who grope s awkwardly to know his father." Heaney shows pity for his father at this point. The two poems are similar in small ways and different substantially, but this is what makes them so good. The theme of the poems is something that everyone can relate to and so makes them easy and interesting to read .the two poets involved have different relationships yet can still find similarities making them more riveting to compare and contrast. ...read more.

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