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Using the first or second person 'I' or 'you' a poet creates a sense of direct dialogue with the reader - What is your response to this view?

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By using the first or second person 'I' or 'you' a poet creates a sense of direct dialogue with the reader. What is your response to this view? I agree with this view because both 'Easter Monday' and 'I am' convey direct dialogue, which creates a sense of reality as both of these poems are regarding two very serious issues. 'I am' is about questioning identity and 'Easter Monday' is concerning the issue of death. The direct dialogue used in both of these poems creates a strong connection between the author and the reader. In 'I am' the poet is answering his own question by stating, "what I am none cares or knows" he questions his existence in a way, which earns our sympathy. This emotive response suggests that he is lost and make it more personal for us to read even though we don't know who this person is. ...read more.

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In the last line of 'Easter Monday' she acknowledges that he is gone and that "there are three letters that you will not get." This is a very blunt and final ending as she has come to terms with her loss, although she carries on using "you" as though he can still hear her, which creates a sadness for us, as we are able to feel her emotion. 'I am' contains a very regular structured rhyme scheme which helps the movement of the poem. Therefore the change in the last verse emphasizes the change of the subject as "I long for scenes," which tells us that he wants to escape back to the innocence he felt as a child where he can "sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept." We imagine this person as an innocent child and are able to identify with his reason for wanting to escape. ...read more.

Conclusion

This emphasizes his bitterness and maybe he is referring a bad encounter with love. On the other hand, the language used in 'Easter Monday' is very simple and straight forward using lots of imagery of nature such as, "in the orchard the apple-bud was ripe." This conveys an image of springtime and is quite positive and uplifting, which makes the ending sound even more abrupt as the tone completely changes and becomes more realistic. Although I agree that the use of direct dialogue allows the reader to relate and empathize with the author I also feel that the poems could still work and be effective without the terms of the first person such as "you" or "I" because it is not just who the dialogue is aimed at which makes the reader able to relate to the poem. The language, rhyme and the movement and emotions felt within the poem also play a large part in creating realism and closeness to the poet. ...read more.

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