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Comparing "The Field-Mouse" by Gillian Clarke, "War Photographer" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Thistles" by Ted Hughes.

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English Literature coursework. Comparing three poems. For my coursework I have chosen three poems. " The Field-Mouse" by Gillian Clarke, "War Photographer" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Thistles" by Ted Hughes. I chose those poems because they were most enjoyable to read. In those poems I will try to explain differences and similarities. Theme. All three poems, which I chose, are on the subject of conflict. In "Thistles" for example conflict is between the plants and the man trying to kill the plants, but he is trying to control nature and this fight will continue forever. This poem describes man's eternal battle with nature. In the "War Photographer" the conflict is between the majorities of people who do not care about the war, because it is somewhere in the opposite part of the world, but the war photographer was in Vietnam and Beirut and he saw all the horror of the war. The author of the poem is trying to explain to people that they cannot just stay apart and they should react in some ways. In the third poem "Field-Mouse" the conflict is between peaceful life and battles between ethnic groups and religions. ...read more.


Images. In the poem "Thistles" the author uses a lot of imagery. Nearly every sentence contains metaphors or similes. An example of the simile is "they are like pale hair and the gutturals of dialects". An example of the metaphor could be "their (thistles) sons appear, stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground". In the poem "War Photographer" the poet uses difficult imagery. For instance this simile is from the first verse " the only light is red and softly glows, as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a Mass". Also in this poem the author compares "Rural England" lifestyle and people lives in the wars all around the Earth. Some of poet's metaphors are sarcastic and sad like for example "a hundred agonies in black and white from which his editor will pick out five or six for Sunday's supplement". The poem "Field-Mouse" contains a lot of imagery as well. An example of simile is "their bones brittle as mouse-ribs". Most imagery in this poem is showing horror of the war. ...read more.


Both poems "Thistles" and "Field-Mouse" describe farmers working in the field. Conclusion. In conclusion I want to say that all three poems, which I compared, in some cases are similar and in are different. For example poems "War Photographer" and "Field-Mouse" both describe the war and how horrible it is to live in the country where is the war. All three poems are describing conflict. In 'Thistles" conflict is between men and thistles, In "War Photographer" conflict is between majority of people who don't care about the war and some people who try to explain how important is this problem. In "Field-Mouse" conflict is between peaceful rural England and terrible war in Bosnia. And the author trying to say that the war is not in the other part of the world, it is here in Europe not so far from England. All the poems trying to prove something for readers and this is one more similarity between them. The poems "War Photographer" and "Field-Mouse" shows people attitudes for the war in general. And "Thistles" are actually describes war as well, but not war between two nations or countries, between plants and humans. Lastly all three poems protest against aggression from people and I think this is the main idea of authors who wrote them. ...read more.

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