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Comparison of The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found

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Comparison of The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found are two poems that are quite different to each other, in the aspect of language used, themes and ideas, and imagery. I shall look at each poem in detail in this essay, along with the different ideas that I get from them. In The Little Boy Lost, the first stanza of the poem gives the reader images of a father ignoring, possibly abandoning his son and walking away from him. ...read more.

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The images we get are of a young child, alone, with "no father there", and "wet with dew". And the language in the second stanza is the typical language describing a lost child, scared and crying. But, the "vapour" in line 4 of the second stanza could symbolise a lost and confused child going towards a light, trying anything to get out of the darkness, and the feeling of loneliness. However, in The Little Boy Found, we can tell from the title that this poem will be more optimistic and positive. ...read more.

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In the second stanza, God takes the child back to his mother. The child's mother is oblivious to her child being taken away, as she is in "sorrow pale", perhaps in worry. This shows the stereotypical parents back in the times of the industrial revolution, the mother being the caring parent, and the father not really caring about the child. In my opinion, The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found are two very different poems in the senses of optimistic and pessimistic languages in the two poems, and the contrast of darkness and light. The two poems are juxed-opposed in an oxymoronic fashion. Andrew Hounslow 10H ...read more.

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