Relationships in Long Distance by Tony Harrison and My Grandmother by Elizabeth Jennings

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Relationships in Long Distance by Tony Harrison and My Grandmother by Elizabeth Jennings

The two poems that I wish to compare are both about relationships, "Long distance" by Tony Harrison and "My grandmother" by Elizabeth Jennings. Both are about family and grief which they explore through the theme of death. The speaker of the poems talks about the loss of a relationship that had once existed. "Long distance" has a much closer relationship theme than "My grandmother". Long distance focuses on love that does not end with death and it continues however "My grandmother" focuses on the miss of love that could have been there.

Both of the two poems are about the lack of acceptance and memory. In
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The tone of "Long distance" is about love and understanding. The speaker recognizes the love and grief the father had for his wife as later on the poets understands when his father died. The father's grief for his wife is greater than the son's grief for the father because the nature of the relationship is different. The poet did not totally comprehend his father's actions but only realized after father's death. The first relationship in "long distance" was between the father and his wife, the love was so strong and fulfilling. The father was a caring and tenderly person 'kept her slippers warming by the gas' and he clearly looked after his wife - the poet's mother. He was overwhelmed by her death but wanted to believe she was still with him in his heart and around him: 'he knew she'd just popped out to the tea'. The father is forced to play a role of moving on and he lives in fear of criticism even from his son: 'my blight of disbelief'. The father does not want his son to find out he has not got over his wife's death.

"My grandmother" uses more imagery than "Long distance". There are images of furniture which becomes like a metaphor. The furniture's have no energy, they are cold, old solid objects and this in some ways reflects the grandmother's personality. These objects take her away from the people who can actually give back love. The imagery of her dying we can

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