Compare the ways in which the poets present isolated characters in ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ and ‘Horse Whisperer’

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Compare the ways in which the poets present isolated characters in ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ and ‘Horse Whisperer’

Both poets, Dylan Thomas and Andrew Forster, present isolated characters in The Hunchback in the Park and Horse Whisperer respectively. However, whilst there are many similarities in the way that these characters have been expressed, there are key differences which set the poems apart. For example, the horse whisperer himself was driven ‘from villages and farms’ whereas Dylan Thomas presents the ‘hunchback’ as a character that has an element of freedom when it comes to where he lives. An example of this freedom is that the hunchback ‘slept at night in a dog kennel/ but nobody chained him up.’ This shows that whilst the
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This can be linked to The Hunchback in the Park, where several pieces of evidence of animal imagery which have the same effect can be found. Examples of this include ‘Like the park birds he came early’ and ‘Through the loud zoo of the willow groves’. In addition, animals only communicate very basically, without the complexity that humans do. By referring to the two characters as animals in the poems, both poets exemplify how isolated the characters are from a normal society.
Dylan Thomas uses an irregular rhyme scheme in The Hunchback in the Park. This could be used to present the lack of education that the hunchback received, since he is the subject of the poem. This would also explain the total lack of punctuation except from a full stop to end the poem, as this is also a key sign of education. However, the Horse Whisperer uses moderate punctuation, and has no rhyme scheme.
The language used in both poems is selected to focus on the isolation of the characters. In Horse Whisperer, for example, when describing how they escaped from the place they kept the horses in; they joined ‘others of [the horse whisperer’s] kind’. Although this hints that the whisperer had other people like them, and therefore was not totally excluded, the acceptance of them self as another ‘kind’ signifies how their difference separates them from general society.
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