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Charlotte Grillet
English DP.12
Mr. Maddox
1/26/13
Comparative Essay: Paper 1 Practice
This comparative essay will compare and contrast, “Cranes” by Jennifer Ackerman, and “To a Waterfowl”, by William Cullen Bryant. Both texts revolve around a fascination for birds. Text 1 is an article from National Geographic from 2004; an informative and journalistic article which targets an audience that cares for nature and their environment, and attempts to display how people can aid endangered cranes to discover their migration patterns. “Now, before they are released to the wild, they are being taught the habits of their ancestors with modern techniques pioneered by Operation Migration, an organization devoted to helping endangered birds learn their traditional migratory routes.” (Lines 13, 14, 15) Text 2 is a descriptive and romantic poem from 1815 that shows how birds can inspire people. Text 2 is also about cranes and migration, yet it is more specific because it describes a single cranes struggle to escape its howler. William Bryant shows that the waterfowl taught him a lesson about persistence and loneliness, and he praised the cranes qualities that moved him. “Deeply has sunk the lesson thou hast given” (Line 27). Both texts have different targeted audiences, text types, and contexts so use different literary techniques that are appropriate for this. In text 2, Bryant uses rhyming to create a poetic and romantic tone. They both share a common theme about cranes, migration, and freedom, and both want their readers to appreciate nature and the beauty and magic of the birds even though both were from different centuries and have different contexts. Both texts portray their common themes and purpose with similar literary techniques, even though they have different audiences, tones, and structures. Both texts have a similar purpose for their audiences, which is to highlight the importance of nature. To a Waterfowl intends to express the author’s feelings through a...
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