• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Select two poems about 'Relationships' Compare the poets' version of the relationships

Extracts from this document...


Select two poems about 'Relationships' Compare the poets' version of the relationships The two poems that I wish to compare are both about relationships, "Long distance" by Tony Harrison and "My grandmother" by Elizabeth Jennings. Both are about family and grief which they explore through the theme of death. The speaker of the poems talks about the loss of a relationship that had once existed. "Long distance" has a much closer relationship theme than "My grandmother". Long distance focuses on love that does not end with death and it continues however "My grandmother" focuses on the miss of love that could have been there. Both of the two poems are about the lack of acceptance and memory. In "Long Distance" the father who kept the dead wife's memory so alive: 'Still went to renew her transport pass. In "My grandmother" the rejection of the grandchild is also perhaps considered as a memory however as regret: 'I remember how I once refused'. ...read more.


He was overwhelmed by her death but wanted to believe she was still with him in his heart and around him: 'he knew she'd just popped out to the tea'. The father is forced to play a role of moving on and he lives in fear of criticism even from his son: 'my blight of disbelief'. The father does not want his son to find out he has not got over his wife's death. "My grandmother" uses more imagery than "Long distance". There are images of furniture which becomes like a metaphor. The furniture's have no energy, they are cold, old solid objects and this in some ways reflects the grandmother's personality. These objects take her away from the people who can actually give back love. The imagery of her dying we can picture that she will not be surrounded by people but the things she loved, 'the antiques'. ...read more.


"My grandmother" the title of the poem is only the name given to her, but not as the role she should have played in the poet's life and the relationship that should have been there, but which the poet regrets. "Long distance" is a metaphor that is being used as the title of the poem. The people who have died are actually gone however it's not the end and the relationship that is going on is a distant relationship which they shall never see each of them again. 'the disconnected number I still call' is ambiguous, the poet either rings the father not realizing he's dead, or rings to talk but he's not there. Both poems look at the remembrance deeply "long distance" the memory of them in his mind 'my new black leather phone book there's your name' and in "My grandmother" the grief the poet did not have over her death but the memory of 'things she never used but needed', the antiques. English - Best words Karthika Shanthakunalan 11S ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. The poems 'Love's Farewell' and 'The Chilterns' are both about relationships, however the moods ...

    think he will find the same emotions he showed towards her again, both the good and the bad emotions, and possibly not love anyone like he did her again, 'What's left behind I shall not find,' 'The splendour and the pain;'.

  2. Love Relationships: a Comparison Between the Victorian and the Contemporary Couple in A.S Byatt's ...

    If he [does] not go out, how [can] she concentrate?" (p.430). But at the end of the novel, she has overcome her original resistance and she has enough trust in Roland to tell him her very private thoughts. Maud gives up her strict and inflexible position, and she becomes open-minded for new experiences and for showing more femininity.

  1. Compare the ways in which 3 poets write about relationships.

    Images A positive image in the love poem 'Remember' is where Rossetti writes 'Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad'. She is expressing that she would rather be forgotten if that is the way to make her husband remain happy as she

  2. Love and Loss

    In "First Love" the end lines of the first stanza seem to give the pain of love "my legs refused to walk away" , " and when she looked "what could I ail" , " my life and all seemed turned to clay".

  1. Compare the relationships and emotions in the following poems; "Home Burial, "Long Distance" and ...

    "Her face changed from terrified to dull." This leads us to believe that there is no spark of love between them anymore and that she has grown a sense of hatred towards him. Amy doesn't want her husband to speak of the loss of his child because she believes that her husband doesn't have any respect for their child as he dug the grave for it.

  2. How Sentimental Russian Poets Forged a Russian National Culture

    I,8 Baratynsky realized if he was to marry another woman his love for this woman would be less than her love for him and quite possibly he would not love her at all. His wife would love him as a good Russian peasant woman would, with all her heart.

  1. How do any three poems explore love and relationships?

    This could mean that he is trying to say that her beauty, unlike summer is more beautiful and less extreme in outward appearance and personality. He personifies the sun when he says, "summer's lease hath all too short a date".

  2. How does 'Faithless Sally Brown' and 'On the Departure Platform' explore relationships?

    She didn't know that he was coming back and two years is a long time to be on her own. Another point is that men are faithful. We know this because when Ben got back from the navy he wanted to go back to Sally Brown.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work