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Compare and Contrast 'My Father Thought it Queer', 'We Remember Your Childhood Well', 'The Affliction of Margaret' and 'On My First Sonne.'

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Compare and Contrast 'My Father Thought it Queer', 'We Remember Your Childhood Well', 'The Affliction of Margaret' and 'On My First Sonne.' All the poems are about the relationship between parent and child. It evolves around the emotions that connect parent and child and the love or hate that evolves around them. The situation in 'My Father Thought it Queer' shows the relationship between Father and Son. We perceive the son's assertion of independence and the Father's disapproval. The son or the poet has had his ear pierced and earns his Fathers scorn and displeasure with what he has done. Although the child is trying to be rebellious, he has a friend pierce it for him with a gun, unlike the other lads who use a pin. He cries after the piercing due to the incredible pain as the wound becomes infected. The poem is ambiguous at the end as some would perceive the sentence in italics as his own conscience telling him that it wasn't such a great idea or it could be seen as his Fathers words staying with him and him realising that it wasn't so great after all. ...read more.


The poem explores the gap between reality and appearance. At no point do the Parents say that what the Women says did not happen but tells her that she had misunderstood things or not quite remembered as they were. The Parents reassurance is often unconvincing as the use of commas and caesura show hesitation in the Parent's voice. The poem, 'The Affliction of Margaret,' explores the relationship between a Mother and her son or child and the emotions that evolve around this. This is a sort of letter to her son asking him what he has been doing and where he is. She talks of how we was a model child, 'ingenuous, innocent and bold.' She used to worry that she was neglecting him and the reason for not returning is due to him being ashamed or unsuccessful. The poem begins and ends with a request to her son to return. The poem has 11 stanzas, with seven lines in each, the number of years he has been gone. ...read more.


In 'On My First Sonne,' the Father believed that his Son was lent to him by God, but because he over loved him he was taken away. The poems 'We Remember Your Childhood Well' and 'My Father Thought it bloody Queer,' are also similar in their themes, which evolve around the confrontations between Parent and Child. However, 'My Father thought it bloody Queer', is light hearted as the Child takes the points from his Father and realises that his rebellious streak was immature and not such a great idea. 'We Remember Your Childhood Well', on the other hand is very disturbing as the confrontation is very much more personal and has a hidden story behind it of sickening acts. 'The Affliction of Margaret', 'We Remember Your Childhood Well' and 'On My First Sonne' have hidden stories behind the initial one. They seem to be disturbing or some other vile act has taken place that the reader does not read or understand. The poets use enjambment and caesura to create a more menacing or blissful poem altogether. Other methods are also used to hide a story or build suspense as to what could have happened. ...read more.

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