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Commentary on "Otherwise". The poem Otherwise by Cilla McQueen portrays a long distance relationship between two lovers and the problems they share.

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Commentary on Otherwise- Cilla McQueen The poem "Otherwise" by Cilla McQueen portrays a long distance relationship between two lovers and the problems they share. The title "Otherwise" is very significant to the poem and contributes to what we can learn about the speaker and the person she is addressing. Also the setting is very interesting as it shows a contrast in the lives of the speaker and the person she is addressing. The enjambment in the poem shows the pain in the relationship and the troubles the couple are facing. We can see that the lovers are seemingly blocked by their physical distance as well as their emotional distance. The setting of the poem is situated in different places to show the distance between the two lovers. The speaker seems to be from a place where there is calm and quiet like countryside or the coast while the person she loves stays in a contrasting place like a city. ...read more.

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Images like "where big chained rocks hold back the same Pacific Ocean, lumbering in." shows how the speaker wants to be back with her lover. She wants to leave behind the distance and live together with no barriers separating them from each other. The rocks also signify how she wants the two of them to be together for all eternity and hold back all the problems they will face together. The visual imagery shows the conflict between the speaker's want and reality. In the first stanza the speaker highlights the physical distance between her and her lover and also hints at an emotional distance. In the second stanza she shows that she longs to be closer to her lover and have no separation between them but the reality is very different. "Otherwise", the title of the poem is very significant in the main contrast of the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

She talks of the contrast she and her lover have because of the distance between them and this brings out the sadness in the paragraph along with the visual imagery. In the second stanza, the tone changes to a more hopeful one. She wishes to be with her lover and is dreaming of being with him on her favorite beach. She hopes that she will meet him and the dream she is having adds to the hopeful tone of the passage. The visual imagery of the two rocks also adds to the tone of hope with her hope that they will be together as one and will be able to hold back an ocean off problems. In conclusion we can see that Cilla McQueen creates a situation of the problems faced by two people who are separated by physical distance and by emotional distance. The use of the setting, visual imagery and tone contributes to the main theme of the poem of the pain felt by the speaker because of the emotional and physical distance she ahs with her lover. ...read more.

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