A Comparison Of A Barred Owl And The History Teacher

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In the poems “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur the parents lies to the child to comfort her from a known fear where as in “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins the adult lied to the children about something they don’t know they should fear. In the poems “A Barred Owl” and “The History Teacher” the authors have the adults lie to children for different reasons. The two poems are alike in their theme of lying. In “A Barred Owl” the adult tells the little child that the owl is asking her “‘who cooks for you?’ and then ‘who cooks for you?’” (Line 6) the parent says this to protect the child. In “The History Teacher” the teacher lies to the students about history “he told them the ice age was really just / the chilly age.” (Lines 2-3) Also the
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