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How far do you agree that Larkin and Duffy are alike in depicting personal relationships as rarely simple.
The speaker in this poem is Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Duffy here adopts the persona of a widow to reveal the tale of a woman who remembers her dead husband with no hint of sorrow as she was jilted by him. Miss Havisham spends the rest of her life decaying in her wedding dress amid the remains of her wedding breakfast, grooming her niece to exact revenge on all men. Duffy has said that she titled the poem â€œHavishamâ€ rather than Miss Havisham to separate the character from Dickens version.
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Both poems use imagery to depict the aftermath and trauma it had on the soldier and photographer, this poem is also a dramatic monologue written in the third person. In ?War Photographer? Duffy presents the theme of conflict with the metaphor; ?Spools of suffering set out in ordered rows.? This metaphor tells the reader about what the war photographer has to do for his job and how he feels about it. The word ?suffering? links back to conflict because of the connotations it brings. Also, the harsh alliterative sibilant of 's' sounds in 'spools' and 'suffering' establish the negative mood.
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In the poems half-cast by John Agard and No problem by Benjamin Zephaniah the poets similarly express their views of r****m and prejudice.
The fact that both lines are a refrain suggests to the reader both poets are trying to confront the people who have ben r****t towards them which may make the reader feel intimidated by the poet as well as the poets appearing extremely angered by r****m by creating a tone that appears passive aggressive as well as passionate about the subject. As well as this, both poems exploit the theme of being incomplete, in the quote ?yu put me in a pigeon hole but I am versatile? Zephaniah uses a metaphor to suggest comparing himself being isolated because he has
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Exploring the theme of identity in three poems from different cultures by Agard, Bhatt, and Nichols.
people look up to Picasso's ?distinct coloured? artworks and yet accuse him of being ?mixed.? In the end, Agard addresses the reader directly: ?an I will tell yu de other half of my story.? He tells the reader that there is more to him and how people need to open their minds to accepting people of different ethnic origins. In contrast to ?Caste,? we see how ?Search for My Tongue? and ?Hurricane? address the power of ethnicity. Bhatt?s poem is formatted into one column, her mother language, Gujarati, is placed in the middle of the poem.
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The use of this gives a sense that the relationship is fragmented and fragile. But it also shows that the wife patience as she is slowly repairing her husband bit by bit. The rhyming couplets give a sense of intimacy and togetherness. However the half rhyme of ?mine? and ?mind? gives a sense to the reader that the relationship is breaking down due to the war, or that the relationship is incomplete. Similarly ?Quickdraw is a free verse poem this creates tension as we do not know what to expect. The first three stanzas are unorganized and disordered showing the displacement and arguing in the relationship, however the last stanza returns to a normal quatrain, reflecting that the relationship has turned back to normality.
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The effect on the reader is to imagine a loved one in a situation where they are hurt and how they would react. Similarly the narrator in ?Manhunt? uses imagery of war in a different way, he uses war to show how the injuries that occurred have injured and hurt him. ?Parachute silk of his punctured lung?. The word silk suggests how delict and precious he is, however it is unusual that he portrays the parachute as delicate as it should be sturdy and strong, this shows how fragile he is and how he needs protecting.
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The key comparison between the two is that both are about young boys doing a man?s work. In both ?Out, Out-? and ?Disabled? the poets manage to emphasise how short and fragile life is by portraying the characters as ?young? ?boys? who have their whole lives ahead of them, which represents the innocence of their youth making sense of loss more powerful and more emotive. Both of the boys? injuries stem from a serious loss of blood. Owen states this by when the ?Disabled? character had ?poured it down shell holes?. ?Poured? is a powerful and emotive verb, as it shows that he has lost a considerable amount of blood and the verb as well suggests that it was his own choice and now he rues the day he decided to join up.
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