How do the poets deal differently with the topic of crime and criminals? Write about 'Stealing', 'Hitcher' and two pre-1914 poems of your choice.

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How do the poets deal differently with the topic of crime and criminals?

Write about ‘Stealing’, ’Hitcher’ and two pre-1914 poems of your choice.

I am going to compare the following four poems. They are ‘Hitcher’, by Simon Armitage, ‘Stealing’, by Carol Ann Duffy, also ‘Tichbornes Elegy’ and ‘The Lab’ from the pre-1914 collection.

Firstly I will discuss the main themes in each of the poems starting with Hitcher. Hitcher is about a man who goes out in his car and kindly stops and picks a hitcher up. The man then goes on to have a conversation with the hitcher, but then suddenly he just turns on him and beats him up for no apparent reason and then throws him out of the moving vehicle. The driver is almost like a schizophrenic because he has two sides to him, theres the man goes out of his way to pick a hitcher up and then theres the man who just beats people up for the sake of it. This is obviously a crime and the driver is now a criminal. Simon Armitage deals with this strangely because he just changes the subject, he says ‘the outlook for the day was moderate to fair’, as if nothing had happened.

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Secondly I will talk about Stealing, which is about a man who beats up a snowman and pinches things that are useless to him. He has no friends and is a bit of a loner so strangely he talks to the snowman as if he is human. The part that is alike with Hitcher is at the beginning when he says, ’I wanted him, a mate’ and then goes on to say ‘I started with the head’. So like hitcher he is suddenly changing from someone who wants a friend into a person who beats things or people up. Why? ...

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