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Comparison between 'Woman Work' and 'Overheard in County Sligo'

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Sally Abdullah Comparison between 'Woman Work' and 'Overheard in County Sligo' Woman Work and overheard in County Sligo are both poems which give us an image of the role of woman in the past, and how she contributed to society Through reading both these poems, it is apparent that both of the poets' backgrounds have influenced the poems. In the past, women were not considered important in society, and their efforts were not valued, not even by woman herself. Women were expected to stay at home, and become housewives. Woman lived in a society in which there was pressure to get married, wither by family pressure or societal pressure. It was not necessary for woman to conform to the beliefs and wishes of society, but many women felt compelled to follow the typical image expected of woman. Maya Angelou and Gillian Clarke are two female poets who felt it was important to write about the situation that some woman had to live in. Maya Angelou is a black female who felt compelled to write about how woman were treated in the years before her. She felt her ancestors were suppressed, not only because of their African race but because they were woman. ...read more.


While the woman in 'Overheard in County Sligo' may be lonely because she lives in an isolated place, the woman in 'Woman Work' has no time for a social life, and could, also, be lonely, like the woman in 'Overheard in County Sligo'. We learn that the woman could have freedom, but has not taken it. The poem says 'The road runs down the open gate and freedom's there for the taking'. These lines imply that she is not free, as she says 'freedoms there for the taking'. She obviously feels that she can not take her freedom, as though something is stopping her. In comparison to 'Woman Work', the woman in 'Overheard in County Sligo' has the chance to be free. The woman in 'Woman Work' is trapped and has no way out of her way of life. She is almost like a slave, and does not have the option of having freedom, like the woman in 'Overheard in County Sligo'. From this view point, they are totally different. We learn that the woman in Overheard in County Sligo did not expect her life to turn out in this way. She says 'I had thought to work on the Abbey Stage;. ...read more.


who is unhappy with her life, and could have freedon, if she wanted, but feels pressure from society to keep her life the way it is. The similarity between both the women in these poems is, even though one is rich and one is poor, they are both women who are unhappy, oppressed, and feel trapped by their lives. I think that even though the woman in 'Overheard in County Sligo' is richer, and may be more well-off than the woman in 'Woman Work', they are both unfortunate and have the same amount of pressure on them. I like both poems, but I prefer 'Woman Work' as I like the use of language and imagery in the last four verses. I like the lines 'Fall softly dewdrops and cover me with white' I think using nature at the end of the poem makes the poem better, as it emphasises all the lack of materialistic things she owns, and nature is all she has. I think the use of vocabulary is very good, and Maya Angelou has made the majority of the last four verses very peaceful. On the other hand, I like that 'Overheard in County Sligo starts off with an overview of a woman, who, on the surface, has the perfect life, while she is secretly living in misery. ...read more.

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