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We have studied two poems Follower and STRONGMAN. These two poems are from two different cultures Follower was written by Seamus Heaney from Ireland whilst STRONGMAN was written by Tony Curtis from Wales. Both poems share the same

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Gawahir Osman Poetry Coursework Poetry of Different Cultures We have studied two poems "Follower" and "STRONGMAN". These two poems are from two different cultures "Follower" was written by Seamus Heaney from Ireland whilst "STRONGMAN" was written by Tony Curtis from Wales. Both poems share the same theme of a son's relationship with his father. They both demonstrate two different ways of life. The first poem "Follower" looks back at the work of a father from his son's point of view. The title "Follower" makes you think of someone admiring another person or following someone. Also when I read the title "Follower" makes you think if there's a follower then there must be a leader. The first stanza is written in past tense "worked". It tells us the fathers occupation and know we realise the poem is written by the son. The second line "His shoulders globed like a full sail strung". This quote is a simile and a metaphor and, is describing how the father was a strong broad man, and also how his shoulders "globed" were rounded like a boat's "full sail" when he worked with the horse-plough. Also it creates imagery, you can imagine the father with big muscular shoulders "Between the shafts and the furrow" this means part of the machine and dug out bits from the ground (soil). ...read more.

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Now his father swaps places with him, it is the father who is a nuisance, tripping, falling and yapping. The second sentence in the last stanza changes to present, "But today it is my father who keeps stumbling behind me, and will not go away." I think is quote means that the father has gotten old and is stumbling after the son, it's the father who now is being a nuisance. In these last three stanzas the son is talking about himself, describing how he stumbled after his father. He also talks about how he rode on his fathers back and followed his footsteps. In the fourth stanza the son describes how he stumbled after his father and how he fell and followed after him. In the fifth stanza he talks about how he admired his father, how he wanted to grow up and be just like him. He also creates a very sad mood to the poem by saying "All I ever did was follow". In the last stanza there's like a role reversal when it's the father being a nuisance and stumbling after the son. The structure of "Follower" is spilt into six stanzas. Each stanza has four lines each, the first three stanzas talk about the son's father and the last three talk about the son himself. ...read more.

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It also uses imagery, you can imagine the son putting his hands under his father and lifting him up because his father is so weak. "Slipped under a frame of bones like plywood." This quote creates an imagery of the son putting his hands under his father's body and can feel his bones because of how weak his gotten that his lost all his weight. "No trouble - he said." "No trouble, Dad - you said." These quotes are both speeches between the father and the son. The father feels like he is asking to much from his son, and that he seems to be annoying his son a lot. The last sentence says "And he died in the cradle of your arms." This quote is a metaphor and creates an imagery of the father dying in his sons arms like a baby. This is a very sad mood to the poem, there's a role reversal in this poem, in the first stanza the son talks about how strong and powerful his father is then in the second stanza its the son looking after his father because he has become so weak. The structure of "STRONGMAN" is written in two stanzas both different length. The style of the poem is written in past tense. The language it's written in is informal and the style of the poem seems to be very personal. The differences between both poems are that in "Follower" ...read more.

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