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Comparison between two passages from Dart The passages I have chosen are the one with the naturalist (p.5 from ?shhh I can make myself invisible? to ?here was an otter?. It will be referenced as the first passage) and the one with the Woolen Mill (p.18-19 from ?I, Pol de Zinc? to ?this straighten one's a blackface from Scotland?. This one will be the second passage). These two extracts have common points but they include differences as well. Their major common point is that we notice in them an expert language, we feel there is experience and knowledge in the skill, the competence they're about. For example, in the first passage, some expressions as ?x and y? or ?breeding? show there is some knowledge behind this telling. In the other extract, the words ?detergent?, ?non-ionic?, ?relatively free of calcium? or ?spinning at 5,000 rotations per minutes? show as well some professional competence in the subject. ...read more.


So as we can see, these passages have common points, but they also have many differences. Firstly because the first passage concerns nature, the voice of the poem seems passionate and blended in with nature, while the second passage is more about machines, it is more technical and industrial. By the way, the verse ?reasonably biodegradable? means the operation isn't totally biodegradable and so it pollutes water, which actually is a serious issue for the naturalist. In this extract we hear a more complaining voice, as if the narrator is conscious of this pollution problem and feels responsible for it. Still in this passage, we notice a little touch of humour: ?Unfortunately sheep don't use loopaper.?, which actually breaks the rhythm of the poem. In opposition, we don't notice any humour in the first extract, and this shows some serious talking and it will keep the harmony at best. ...read more.


Contrarily to this, passage two offers a more factory atmosphere, with -this time- machines and pollution; there isn't any positive relation or harmony with nature. So this is an important and remarkable difference between these two extracts. And finally, the last difference is that for each of these passages, we find its proper aspects; passage one delivers natural aspects, as well as nature observations: ?I saw it eat an eel alive?, ?I can see frogs hiding under spawn?. And passage two gives us more technical and chemical aspects: ?spinning at 5,000 rotations per minute?, ?it's relatively free of calcium?. So this really shows each extract has its own theme and specific images. To conclude this, we can say that these two passages from Dart are indeed conflicting and have many differences and their own aspects and themes, even if some common points are noticeable, and this is maybe what links them with each other and help in the effectiveness of the construction of the whole poem. ...read more.

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