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The poems On my first Sonne by Ben Jonson and Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy both make the reader feel sympathy for the speaker. This is represented in different ways in each poem by using their sympathetic language to show this.

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a) Compare how the poets make the reader feel sympathy for the speaker in 'On my first Sonne' by Ben Jonson and the speaker in one poem by Carol Ann Duffy. The poems 'On my first Sonne' by Ben Jonson and 'Stealing' by Carol Ann Duffy both make the reader feel sympathy for the speaker. This is represented in different ways in each poem by using their sympathetic language to show this. Jonson starts his poem straight away making the audience feel sympathy. "Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; My sinne was too much hope of thee." This gets straight to the point of the poem and signifies to the audience what this poem is about and the emotion they should be feeling when reading it which is this case is sympathy for the speaker. This is very similar to 'Stealing' where in the third line it says "I wanted him, a mate." ...read more.


This may not make people feel much sympathy but together with knowing he has no friends adds to the sympathy even more. Then in 'On my last Sonne' the narrator says "O, could I loose all father, now." Here he is threatening to kill himself as he would rather be dead than live without his son. This just tops things off with the level of sympathy as it will make people really thing about what he is saying and defiantly feel sorry for him as he wants to kill himself. Overall there is an ample amount of sympathy from both poems and each one giving off this feeling of compassion in very similar ways. b) Compare how the reader is made to feel disturbed by the speakers' words and actions in one poem by Simon Armitage and one poem from the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank. The poems 'Hitcher' and 'My Last Duchess' both make the readers feel disturbed by each poem. ...read more.


This would disgust and make the audience feel disturbed by the way he is so relaxed and how proud he sounds of taking a man's life. This is quite an unusual way to go about killing someone and this would easily shock anyone. This point is also carried on by how he doesn't care at the end of the poem as it finishes by saying "The outlook of the day was moderate to fair. Stitch that, I remember thinking, you can walk from there." This would make the audience just think he must be evil which is similar to 'My Last Duchess' where he treats her as if she is a trophy. "That's my last duchess painted on the wall, looking as if she were alive." He is clearly not bothered by her death which shows the evil in him and would cause readers to be disturbed. Both poems create the audience to be disturbed when reading them by the way the murderers selfishly kill someone but then afterwards they don't even care about it and carry on with their everyday lives as if it never happened. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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