Commentary Ont He Speaker Of The Poem's London

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Discuss and compare the role of the speaker or persona in poems you have studied. You must refer closely to the work of two or three poets in your study and base your answer on a total of 3 or 4 poems. Poetry is more than just a lyrical grouping of words and phrases; it is a collection of ideas, thoughts and criticisms all hidden within subtle nuances of diction and tone. Nevertheless, each poet presents within his poem a speaker, a poetic voice that narrates the poem to us, describing the imagery and diction, conveying the messages of the poem and helping the poet achieve his intentions and be able to criticize society effectively. Nevertheless, the speaker in different poems plays different roles, as for example within the poem ‘High Windows’ by Philip Larkin, ‘Through two points only one straight line can pass by Yehuda Amichai and ‘Annus Mirabilis’ by Philip Larkin once again. High Windows, a poem written during the sexual revolution of the 20th century, the speaker describes the differences between two different generations, one that is sexually conservative and the other that is liberated, however the speaker within this poem helps to voice the search for happiness and freedom that each individual generation seeks Nevertheless, there is a paradox existing within the speaker of the poem as it is not clear as to whether the speaker wishes to alienate himself from the younger generation or try to relate to the them, it is this paradox that the speaker evokes that serves to highlight the change in attitudes towards between two distinct generations. Firstly, through the diction and language that the speaker wishes to portray to the reader, Larkin accentuates the speaker’s desire to understand and relate to a younger generation. The speaker’s initial description of “a couple of kids” (1) we notice how he is trying to set an initial irony as the way in
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