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There appears to be overlapping themes running through these poems. Identify the symmetry and divergence, explaining how the poets have used language to emphasise their message. After studying the two poems named ". 38" and "The Hangman"

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English G.C.S.E Coursework Assignment Modern Poetry/Other cultures There appears to be overlapping themes running through these poems. Identify the symmetry and divergence, explaining how the poets have used language to emphasise their message. After studying the two poems named ". 38" and "The Hangman" it has become clear to me that they are both very well written, good, effective poems. The two poems both have short, sharp, attention grabbing titles. Both titles are death related and eye catching, although The Hangman is an actual person who takes lives but the .38 is the name of an object, which takes lives. But you could also see the Hangman as a type of object as he comes across that he just easily takes peoples lives every day and does not care, and does it as if he is a weapon. Not all readers of the poems will know what a .38 is though, until they read further on into the poem where has "The Hangman" is a title where everyone knows what it is So that's one difference between the two. My opinion as having the .38 as the title is that it's a good idea because people want to read it so see what it's about. ...read more.

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The poem is written to build up tension with death as the climax. If the poem were written in past tense it wouldn't have been so good. Because it was written in present tense it built up tension waiting for what was going to happen next and the poem was written to make it feel like it was real. The second poem "The Hangman" is also very effective. The title is short and tells us straight away what the poem is going to be about unlike the ".38" . We know straight away what the poem is going to be about. It is about a man who hangs people for a living. The poem starts off talking about the hangman coming to town and setting up a frame to hang people off when he carries out his job. The towns people are scared of the hangman and don't want him in their town. They do not know who is going to be killed next and are scared. The narrator of the poem witnesses all of the hangings but he will not speak out or try to help any of the people, we don't know why either this is similar to the poem ".38" I think that the reason the narrator will not speak out about his opinions of the killings because he fears his life will be taken and he will be hung too. ...read more.

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The poem ". 38" is so much more dramatic than "the hangman" and in the hangman it Is accepted by the people that it is his job to take lives although they think it is wrong. Where as in ".38" its totally unacceptable what is happening. Also the poem ".38" is set on modern times where as "The Hangman" is set in an older time period. One more difference is that in " .38" it is written in present tense where as in "The hangman" it jumps from present to past all the way through. I think the two poems are written to tell us that we need to speak out our views and opinions. The poems both involve violence and deaths that shouldn't happen because it's not fair to take lives. I feel that the poems are saying... that even in the times of hangmen rite up until recently there is still violence and death which shouldn't go on and that somebody needs to speak out about it before it gets too late. I think the poem is particularly effective in the way they described the events the poets wrote these poems with great thought to be effective and make the reader get involved and understand. ...read more.

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