Comparative Essay

Topics: Poetry, Alliteration, Rhyme Pages: 2 (737 words) Published: April 10, 2013
ive ERachel Wong
Comparative Essay.

Little Boy Crying by Mervyn Morris is a poem about a child being disciplined by his father. Although the child has a strong hate towards the father, after being disciplined, the father is sorrowful and guilty. He also wishes to comfort the child, but dare not ruin the lesson he is supposed to learn. The Toys by Conventry Patmore is a poem about a father struggling to teach his son discipline by himself. The child has lost his mother, making the father take on the whole responsibility. The father asks God to help him look after his child.

The poet Mervyn Morris describes the poem, Little Boy Crying by using imagery and other literary techniques. Conventry Patmore also does not contain a large amount of literary techniques but he does use imagery. Words that are used in Little Boy Crying are words that describe what is happening. For example, “contorting” and “metamorphosed” are used to describe the how the child had transformed from happy-go-lucky to howling with tears. However, Conventry Patmore uses words like “grown-up wise” and “thoughtful eyes” showing the readers that the child had to grow up much earlier and has suffered with problems that’s adults had to deal with.

Little Boy Crying uses literary techniques such as personification, alliteration, assonance and imagery. Personification is shown in the poem as this, “your bright eyes/ Swimming with tears…” Alliteration is describes like this, “…colossal cruel…chopping clean…” “The ogre towers above you…” is assonance. Mervyn Morris uses imagery to illustrate a situation between father and son. The effects of the literary techniques, creates the mood and tone of the poem. The mood of the poem is hateful and sorrowful. On the other hand, Conventry Patmore does not use large amounts of literary techniques because he wants the poem, The Toys to be simple and gets to the point. It contains alliteration and has a rhyme scheme. “Copper coins…bottle with bluebells…six...
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