Stone's Throw vs Woman Speaks to Man Who Has Employed Her Son

1751 Words May 26th, 2013 8 Pages
POETRY (1):
The poems “A Stone’s Throw” and “The Woman Who Speaks To The Man Who Has Employed Her Son” are about how women are treated. For each poem (a) Briefly describe what is taking place (8mks) (b) Discuss the speaker’s attitude towards women. (8mks) (c) Discuss 1 device which is used effectively to convey the treatment of women. (9mks).

The poems “A Stone’s Throw” and “The Woman Who Speaks To The Man Who Has Employed Her Son” both deal with different views of women and how they are treated. The speakers in each poem have different attitudes towards women and various devices are utilized to illustrate the treatment of women in each poem. In the poem “A Stone’s Throw”, a group of self-righteous men earnestly wanted to
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The mother was devastated with the fact that her son chose a life of crime and that she felt powerless. The speakers’ attitudes towards women in both poems are different. The speaker in “A Stone’s Throw” has a very negative, condescending, judgmental and disrespectful attitude towards women. The speaker condemns the woman in the poem and scorns her. He wants to execute justice by stoning the woman. However, the speaker in “The Woman Who Speaks To The Man Who Has Employed Her Son” has a slightly positive, respectful, admiring yet sympathetic attitude towards the mother. The speaker is sympathetic towards the mother because her beloved son chose a life of crime and disregarded his mother’s warnings, hopes and dreams. The mother laments greatly because she knows her son will die due to his new job. The speaker thus feels compassion and pities the woman due to her circumstances. This contrasts greatly to the harsh, cruel and condescending attitude of the speaker in “A Stone’s Thow”. The speaker’s disrespectful, callous and condescending attitude is evident through his rough actions with the woman. “And if our fingers bruised her shuddering skin, these were love-bites compared to the hail of kisses of stone,” This fully illustrates the rough brutalization of the woman by the speaker. To further show the speaker’s arrogant and