A Comparison of Poetry Essay

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A Comparison of Poetry

In this essay two poems will be juxtaposed. One of the poems is called "My parents kept me from children who were rough". This poem was written by Stephen Spender. Stephen Spender was greatly admired for his work and was knighted in 1983. He lived in the 20th century and died 22 years after W H Auden in 1995 .The second poem chosen is called "Funeral Blues and was written by W H Auden.

W H Auden was a greatly respected homosexual poet who lived in the 20th century. He was born in 1907 and died in 1973. W H Auden's full name was Wystan Hugh Auden. He wrote Funeral Blues in 1936.

In the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" a young boy is being bullied
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The rhythm in "Funeral Blues" is a very slow one which emphasises the sadness of the poet whereas in the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" there is a medium pace rhythm which accelerates gradually during the poem and then slows down at the end to a slow pace.

Both "My parents kept me from children who were rough" and "Funeral Blues" have four lines in every verse but the amount of verses in each poem differ since the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" has only three verses whereas "Funeral Blues has four.

In the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" all three of the verses are set in the past tense whereas in "Funeral Blues" three of the verses are talking about the present and only one is talking about the past. The verse, which is referring to something in the past, is the one that talks about the man who died.

In the poem "My parents kept me from children who were rough" lines similar to "I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron" conjures up an image in one's head of large and very muscular boys. An example of the boys abuse and images, which is stated in the poem, is " And who threw world like stones and who wore torn clothes". This line shows us that the boys would use bad language and would dress very badly.

The imagery in "Funeral Blues" is one of a heart broken man who is very sad and depressed
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