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The Eviction and Claudy

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Poetry Assignment Throughout the history of Ireland there has been violence and injustice. In the 19th century there was devastation inflicted by absentee landlords. They caused poverty-stricken settlers to resort to live in ditches or workhouse and it was not uncommon for people to emigrate to another country. However, in the 1970's small sinister political groups caused catastrophes with bombs. They led people to mourn for many loved ones. Although both these scenarios are different they brought about the same kind of torment to Irish society. Each of these situations is described in two moving and shocking poems. William Allingham describes a community's horror in The Eviction of having to be thrown out of their home with nowhere to go. James Simmons portrays the situation of a bomb exploding during the 1970s and the hideous injuries and repercussions it caused. This poem is called Claudy. These poems make us feel the same emotions but go about creating them in different ways. The person who has bought over land (Paudeen Dhu) creeps behind the army because he is frightened. There is an irony that the houses were torn down by Catholics and not by Protestants who were regarded as the enemies. They were being betrayed by their own religion. The sheriff and his army were called "churls". ...read more.


On the other hand Claudy has quite a lively and bouncy rhythm to it. The poem is told quickly with each stanza having a descriptive purpose. Unlike The Eviciton, Claudy is written in stanzas. The verse paragraphs make The Evicition have a slower rhythm to it. Claudy does not have a set rhyme scheme like The Eviction. One reason Claudy has a swift flowing motion is because of enjambement. It is also delivered with calm objective commentary until the final stanza. The way the both are delivered shock us. The Eviciton has its slow rhythm, which helps the poem sink in. Although the way the more jaunty Claudy conveys the tragic incident strikes us quickly with the horrific facts of the poem. The towns in which these atrocities occur are portrayed to us in very different ways. Ballytullagh is described as "raw and chill" which makes us feel as though there something bad is going to happen. The description of the tow had a metaphor in it. There is a fog enclosing the town, which is a metaphor for the grim, uncertain future the evictees have. The description of the grim town gave us a moving effect. This makes us less shocked when the awful event happens. However, Claudy is described as though life is peaceful and happy with no problems. ...read more.


Also the people in the village of Claudy do not seem to group together in their time of need considering that in Ballytullagh they remained as a unit functioning together to help one another. People from the shattered village of Ballytullagh will have to cope with poverty and homelessness. They will have to beg for food and live on scraps if even that. They have decided whether to go to a workhouse or not. A workhouse could result in illness, especially for the older ones who are already weak. The unity of the community in Ballytullagh moved me because they could group together and help each other. It also shocked me that Claudy did not. The main problem Claudy have to deal with is the loss of loved ones but in Ballytullagh they will have to deal with homelessness and the likely hood of death within their community. Although it was easier to relate to Claudy because it was a real event both poems have moved and shocked me. I find it hard to distinguish which poem shocked or moved me more. Both poem are compelling poems and make you feel the distress within them. Claudy strikes us with is direct style in which it delivers its information while The Eviction drags us into the emotion of the poem with its narrative technique. Overall these were two immensely written poems which will always make a reader feel the emotion within them. RICHARD MARTINDALE 5D ...read more.

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