Both poems present grief and the harsh reality of losing a loved one but in different ways. In “Mid-Term Break,” we see Heaney talking about the awkward ways in which people reacted to grief before mentioning at the end his honest feelings towards the death of his brother whereas Jonson in “On my first Sonne,” openly expresses his pain of losing his son. “On my first Sonne,” is a very emotional poem in which Jonson is saying goodbye to his dead son. The language in the poem is very telling and reveals Jonson’s grief. In the first three lines, Jonson is trying to come to terms with the loss of his son.
Similarly in Haig's My Boy Jack, which was produced in 1997, displays a sense of loss from Rudyard Kipling and the rest of the family when they become aware of the death of their son Jack Arguably, My Boy Jack is much more distressing seeing as it is based on real life characters and around Rudyard Kipling's poem My Boy Jack unlike Journey's End being based on R.C. Sheriff's own experience of the war. The audience therefore feels they can get more attached to a true story, making it hit them harder emotionally. We see the impact of Jack's death mainly through his family, allowing the audience to experience a similar sort of pain due to the majority of them have lost someone close, being able to relate the Kipling family's pain. Jack's mother, Caroline, demonstrates such grief through her dialogue, 'I can feel his head on my chest...I can hear him laugh.
Compare how the poets convey a sense of loss in three poems from the anthology and three poems you have studied The theme of loss is often presented in literature. It can be seen as an emotional trigger, and it can bring out feelings of regret, sorrow and overwhelming grief. This can allow it to be such an effective theme, connecting with the readers’ emotions and memories. The poems ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’, ‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’ and ‘Piano’ may be viewed as clear examples of this. In ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ the speaker feels frustrated and saddened that his father will not fight to survive his fatal condition and “…rage against the dying of the light”.
In the poem ‘Poppies’, the mother feels very sad; “Three days before Armistice Sunday and poppies had already been placed on individual war graves” this is a reminder that war kills people which makes her sad as her son might be killed in war. She also feels very scared; “I pinned one onto your lapel, crimped petals, spasms of paper red, disrupting a blockade of yellow bias binding around your blazer” this suggests that she might be thinking of her son which wounds her emotionally as he might be wounded in war. Similarly, the mother in ‘At the Border, 1979’ also feels very emotional as they are going back to their homeland; “We are going home”, this suggests that the mother is very happy that they are back, however, the narrator doesn’t seem to understand why the adults become very emotional when the two countries looked identical. In “At the Border, 1979”, Choman Hardi uses a child perspective to view the absurdities of both adult behaviour and borders that were caused by conflicts. In this poem, the narrator doesn’t understand why crossing the border was very important to the adults when it’s physically easy to cross.
The theme of violence is depicted by the menacing introduction to the poem as we open at the funeral of a murderous gangster. This is shown by “the clouds piled up, dragged their rain through the cemetery”. This creates a bleak and sinister atmosphere which echoes the events taking place. By using personification, it’s as if the clouds are alive and manifesting this sombre mood. Immediately this sets the tone for the violence later in the poem.
Poe’s use of anaphora, dark themes, and antithesis allow “The Raven” to capture the essence of King’s quote. Poe uses anaphora to constantly remind the reader about the horror that the man is experiencing. Poe uses the raven to symbolize the loss that the man has felt. He has lost his beloved Lenore and he almost wants her to haunt him. He is disappointed to see that it is only a nasty black raven.
The last few paragraphs bring deaper feelings of the story to the readers eyes. They do so by explaining how Bruno's father and older sister truley felt about him. Gretel loved her little brother very much and after he went missing she cried for days in her bedroom. Father also missed him very much. Although he had an odd way of showing how he truley felt he was very broken hearted when he disapeared.
Both of the poems are very similar to each other and to ‘Romeo & Juliet’. All three share a theme of sadness expressed through them, and they are also about deaths of close ones. For example in ‘On my first sonne’ the author is talking about the death of his son, ‘Midterm break’ talks about the death of a younger brother, whereas Romeo and Juliet is about two young people dying in love with each other and how their family regrets later on. In ‘On My First Sonne’ this poem has a father-son relationship in which the father talks about losing his son. He thinks God has taken his son, which is explained in the second line “My sin was too much hope of thee, lov’d boy.” This tells me that this poem has a religious view and can show that the poem was written in the 16th century which was a different era where many of the citizens were very religious people.
Stop All The Clocks by W H Auden How do language, imagery and structure contribute to the poem’s mood? Stop All The Clocks, by W H Auden, is an emotional poem, of deep sadness, that drenches the poet’s feeling on how he felt since he has lost his loved one. Auden uses a variety of language and imagery to show how he is feeling about the death of the man that he loves. In this essay, I will explore how the language, imagery and structure of the poem contribute to its mood. The poems structure is that so it has four quatrains, this means that it has four stanzas whereby each of them has four lines.
Compare and contrast ‘Daddy’ by Sylvia Plath with ‘Reference back’ by Philip Larkin’ By Elliott Fletcher Daddy by Plath and Reference back by Larkin both explore the dysfunctional relationship between parent and child by having numerous similarities and comparisons in common, but both being wholly different. Daddy leaves the reader disturbed whereas reference back leaves the reading with a feeling of mixed emotions. Daddy, comprised of sixteen five-line stanzas is a brutal and venomous poem believed to be about Plath’s deceased father, Otto. Reference back is a poem based upon Larkin’s mother. After his father died, he would regularly go and visit her.