May 30, 2011
The poem “Against Idleness and Mischief” written by Isaac Watts and the poem “How Doth the Little Crocodile” written by Lewis Carroll are two pieces of work that are always being compared and contrasted. The two poems are written by different poets in different times, however, they are very similar with each other in perspectives like the form, writing style, subject. Comparing to Carroll’s poem, “Against Idleness and Mischief” is more positive, educational and more suitable for children. There are a lot of similarities between two poems, such as form, structure and writing style. However, the two poems differ from each other in other sides. For instance, the length of two poems and purposes to write two poems are different. Therefore, it is worth analyzing Watts and Carroll’s works together to find what the similarities and differences are. One of the most obvious similarities is the form of two poems. Both of the two poets choose animals as subjects, for Watts chooses bees and Carroll chooses crocodile. They are also short poems and belong to poems that are written for children. Another conspicuous thing that the two poems have in common is that the writing structure. The rhyme scheme using in poems are very similar in Watts and Carroll’s works. For instance, both of two poems using alternate rhymes. In Watts’ poem, like the sentence “in works of labor or of skill, I would be busy too; for Satan finds some mischief still, for idle hands to do”, words like “skill” and “still”, “too” and “do” shows the using of alternate rhymes. It is the same in Carroll’s poem. In the sentence “How cheerfully he seems to grin, how neatly spreads his claws, and welcome the little fish in, with gentle smiling jaws”, “grin”, “in”, “claws” and “jaws” are groups of words that have same rhyme scheme. Moreover, both of the two poems use some rhetorical devices, like exclamation and personification. In the two poems,...
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