How are feelings towards another person presented in any two of the poems studied so far?
Relationships come in various different forms; there are romantic relationships, family relationships, relationships that flourish and grow and relationships that wither and die. In relationship related poetry we identify precisely what type of relationship the poet is describing by examining the poet’s use of language, imagery, structure and attitude. In this essay I will be comparing how two different poems present feelings towards another person. The poems I will be discussing are “Brothers” by Andrew Forster and “Sister Maude” by Christina Georgina Rossetti.
“Sister Maude” is a poem written from the point of view of a woman who has been betrayed by her sister. It describes how her lover has been killed due to the tremendous betrayal of her sister Maude. In the first stanza the word “told” is repeated to highlight the depth of Maude’s betrayal and convey her utter resentment and hatred for her sibling. Throughout the poem the narrator refers to her sister in a profoundly negative way saying that she “lurked to spy and peer” suggesting that Maude is sneaky and nosy. She also says that her lover would never have looked at Maude and is, again, referring to her sister in a negative way but it also contains jealous undertones, which suggests that maybe the narrator’s lover did in fact show feelings towards Maude too.
“Brothers” is a poem about a youthful boy spending an afternoon with his younger brother and his friend and describes the relationship between siblings just as it does in “Sister Maude.” It is written from an adult perspective but considers the feelings of the older brother who thinks of his younger brother as an inconvenience. Through the use of verbs the feelings towards the characters are conveyed. In the first stanza the narrator and his friend “Ambled” whilst “talking” whereas the younger brother “skipped” and spouted “six-year-old views.” The...