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Compare "Jones the Grocer" by Herbert Williams and "Not To Be Used For Babies" by Harry Webb.

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Adam Hampson 11S "Jones the Grocer" by Herbert Williams and "Not To Be Used For Babies" by Harry Webb The two poems, "Jones the Grocer" by Herbert Williams and "Not To Be Used For Babies" by Harry Webb, are both poems by Welsh writers and are both about Welsh tradesmen. They are both poems that are written in first person narrative. They describe two contrasting local tradesmen from the viewpoint of the narrator, and both poems share a sense of nostalgia for the way of life that has past, showing preference to old ways rather than the new. This essay will explore these poems in detail and identify similarities and differences between the two pieces of writing. "Jones the Grocer" begins with a sense of distaste, and moves to a celebration of the mystery of the shop before moving on the despair felt about modern life. During the first stanza of "Jones the Grocer" we learn about Jones' character. "His hands white and soft as lard he stacked" A simile is used in this line to describe a negative point about Jones. We are told how lard is a suitable match to the texture of his hands. ...read more.


I drove the chariot of the sun, I was Caesar, Ben Hur, I was a big boy, helping the milkman. " We learn here that not only the narrator have a strong feeling for Glyn, but Glyn cared for him too. We are shown this when Glyn holds the reins when the narrator drives the cart. The words are full of romance and imagination. The words "I was Caesar, Ben Hur" show how the narrator transforms when he is with Glyn. He pictures himself as a big, important person. He enjoys being in the company of him. We are again shown the narrators feelings for Glyn in the last section of the poem, when the narrator describes how Glyn was driven out of business. "My parents said among themselves it was drink, When Glyn stopped coming. I think it was the bottles And the new ways, the zombie electric trolley, The precisely measure pints. Nobody is cheated now. There is nothing extra, splashed out in goodwill For a good boy. I buy milk in a tin. It is dried powder. They have ground Glyns. Bones." The tone moves to a heavy tone rather than briskness. The word 'zombie' describes the new ways as souless. ...read more.


Nobody is cheated now. There is nothing extra, splashed out in goodwill For a good boy. I buy milk in a tin. It is dry powder. They have ground Glyn's bones." Here, Webb describes how he hates the new ways as they have driven Glyn out of business. He uses the theme of death in the last line, describing how the powdered milk is the grindings of Glyn's bones. Webb uses short sentences to convey his point. Both poems start off describing both characters in detail. Jones is described as a pale, bald, shy man who acts too much like a slave towards his customers. Glyn is described as a Welsh speaking heavy drinker who is very laid back in his work. They both go on to tell us about each of their habits. Jones was too obsequious and used fulsome flattery, while Glyn was frequently too drunk and used generous measures. The workplaces and apparatus of both Jones and Glyn were then described. Both narrators expressed a positive opinion in this area. Each of the narrators then tells us how both Jones and Glyn were driven out of business by modern ways. As a whole, my response to the poems is very positive. They were very effective and made you feel for the two characters. Both Jones and Glyn came across as two totally different characters, but both ended up victims of the forever-modernising world. ...read more.

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