Comparing the poems in the poetry section of the literature paper

  • Compare the form and style of the poems On My First Sonne and Mother Any distance.
    Explaining what emotions they are discussing using what kind of imagery, how the poets have set them out on the page, and why they have chosen that format for their poems.
  • Compare the form and style of Hathaway and Sonnet 130.
    Explain the form that the poets have chosen and why it is particularly applicable and appropriate for the content of the poems.
  • Compare the content of the poems The Man He Killed and Hitcher.
    How do the poets make their own feelings clear through the characters they have created, the way those characters talk about their actions and the feelings they have and how they show them?
  • Compare the poems My Last Duchess and The Laboratory.
    Explain what these poems have got in common by comparing the actions of the characters, their explanations for their actions and the way their states of mind are described to us. Whose actions do you condemn more?
  • Compare the poems Education For Leisure with Stealing.
    How do the poets make the reader feel towards their two characters in the way they describe their actions, their feelings and their reasons for what they do? How is structure used to enhance the meaning of the poems?
  • Compare Kid and My Father Thought It.
    How are the fathers presented in these poems and how do the characters explain how and why they lost their illusions about them. How do the sons in the poems feel about themselves now?
  • Now draw a grid in your books and across two columns write similarities and differences between pairs of poems e.g.

Havisham and My Last Duchess

Similarities

Differences

Both are about killing of their partner

Havisham’s act is in her mind

Both show no feeling of remorse; Duke’s positively

planned is chilling

 

Both are set out with the appearance of regularity

though Havisham’s stanzas are rarely end-stopped and flow into the next.

Both give reasons – Havisham was jilted at altar, while

the Duke took exception to her ‘smiles’

Havisham has not moved on; stuck in past

He has moved on; now planning next bride.

She still loves her ex

The Duke had the deed done, Miss Havisham would do it herself, she thinks. Would she?

 

Here it is in prose:

Both are about killing of their partner, though Havisham’s act is in her mind ‘q‘. Both show no feeling of remorse towards their victim ‘q’, though Havisham still longs for her lover q. Both are set out with the appearance of regularity e.g. My Last Duchess’s exact and methodical rhymingq and Havisham’s regular stanzas, to show that the act is / would be intentional and planned, though Havisham’s stanzas are rarely end-stopped and flow into the next as if to show her chaotic state of mind e.g. in ‘Love’s / Hate’. In addition the frequent juxtaposition of opposite’s like ‘the body of the lost lover over her,’ also reveal her hidden feelings of love and regret which sometimes surface through her outward embitterment shown in ‘hands could strangle with’………….

 


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