• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A comparison between 2 poems “Lore” written by R.S Thomas and “Woman Work” by Maya Angelou.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A Comparison between 2 poems "Lore" written by R.S Thomas and "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou Introduction In this assignment I will be studying in detail the 2 poems "Lore" written by R.S Thomas, and "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou is a remarkable woman who is well known as one of the greatest voices of contemporary literature. She is an eminent poet, educator, historian, best selling author, actress, and civil rights. The list goes on endlessly. Although not as proficient as Angelou, the welsh poet R.S Thomas is still famous for his 20 volumes of poetry, a career that has expanded for 50 years. He spent his life working as a clergyman in rural Wales. One of his poems was even quoted on the pop phenomenon "Manic Street Preachers" album. The title of the poem "Lore" suggests that this poem is about traditional culture. Verse 1 describes Job Davies life, despite all the hard work; he is still cheerful this is because he is an optimistic and independent being who follows his traditional cultural ways of life. For example instead of using modern technology to meow the lawn he uses the "scythe". ...read more.

Middle

"poison", "season", "off", and "laugh". Job Davies is an incredibly positive and independent man, he uses this powerful tool to conquer and survive his harsh life. The overall message the poem is trying to show is that, firstly we cannot depend on modern technology and we should respect more of the traditional culture. Secondly it shows that an 85 years old man is still alive, still healthy and most important of all still happy, although he is still using the olden methods. So it kind of proves a point to us that if he can do it anyone can. "Women Work" is one of Maya Angelou many masterpiece poetry. The outline of the poem is about a slave who wants more in life, other than working all the time; she wants to escape from this environment so much that later in the poem she starts to dream about freedom, how the element of nature would help her flee from this prison that she is in. Verse 1 begins with a list of jobs, this is mainly because the just of the poem is about "Work", and it also gives a sense of endless job that needs doing. ...read more.

Conclusion

She says that she owns them; this tells us that these are the only things that she possesses, because they are nature no one can take that away from her, that's why she calls it her own. The 2 poems in someway are similar, because the main outline of the poem is about hard work, but the big difference that separates the 2 poems is how they act towards the situations. For example Job Davies is a optimists he respects the traditional methods of doing things, instead of feeling sorry for himself, about the how hard the work is, or how tired he is. He carries on doing the job without complaining. If he was ever tired or miserable he will never show it. Overall he has a positive attitude towards life, whereas in the poem "woman work", all she can think of is escaping and running away from the environment that she is in. Away from the hard work, she then starts dreaming about how the element of nature might help her do that. In a way she is hallucinating, and thinking impossible things that will never happen, and this is a sign of weakness. Overall she is quite pessimistic, which is completely opposite to Job Davies, and that is the big difference that separates the 2 poems. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE DH Lawrence section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE DH Lawrence essays

  1. "Examine DH Lawrence's 'Mountain Lion' and 'Snake', showing how the poet a) uses language ...

    He regrets that he is the one looking out. He uses vivid description once again to describe the mountains, conveying a strong sense of foreign place and emptiness. The landscape may look perfect, but it is deprived of the lion. He uses all these descriptions to reveal what a true loss the lion is, and how the landscape will never be the same again.

  2. D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence (1885-1930)

    the sulkiness of the mountains, the vividness of near green in thunder-sun, the young man in bright blue trousers lightly tossing the grass from the scythe, the elderly man in a boater stiffly shoving his scythe strokes, both of them sweating in the silence of the intense light."

  1. Studying the two poems "Beautiful Old Age" and "Winters Tale" I am going to ...

    This shows that Lawrence doesn't like the way that things happen and the way people are, he thinks that if people grew old without bad memories and without false truths, then they would be able to mature and die with complete contentment and peace in their old age and would be more satisfied.

  2. Compare and contrast the different attitude to animal shown by the poet in the ...

    DH Lawrence honours the snake and makes out that the snake is a God. Also he makes the snake sound like it is an animal of elegance and that it should not be unfairly treated as it as been stereotyped by people as an evil thing so he is trying to educate people about these animals.

  1. Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence’s ‘Tickets, Please’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tony Kytes, ...

    Annie, from 'Tickets, Please' stays 'sharp' all the way through the story, even when rejected by John Thomas. The women in 'Tony Kytes', on the other hand, are more concerned with looking for a husband, and so they are more willing to forgive Tony's deceit.

  2. Compare the behaviour of the men and women in the two stories, one written ...

    in those times and because it's a small village it could spread rumours. Unlike in 'Tickets Please' where women are rather more independent and are seen walk alone at night when leaving the tram station. As Unity and Tony are riding on the way, she flirts with him and brings

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work