I chose to compare the poems: An Anniversary, by Vernon Scannel
Dismissal, by John Tripp
A Winters Tale, by D.H. Lawrence
In the poem “An Anniversary” the poet describes the relationship and it’s breakdown as two leaves on a river, this is and example of ‘Personification’. In contrast to this poem in the poem “Dismissal” Tripp describes the breakdown very much as it was, describing two people in a dreary pub, this is an example of ‘Pathetic fallacy’ as the setting is very boring and dark like the breakdown of the relationship. In “A Winters Tale” Lawrence uses a similar verse-craft to Scannel in “An Anniversary” with the relationship being described as a field but he still uses people in the poem to describe the people in the relationship. Lawrence also uses ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ as he describes a cold winter’s day when the relationship broke down.
In “An Anniversary” the poet says:
“The sky’s smeared monotone.”
This means the sky was smeared with one colour, which may signify a boring colourless relationship.
“Two willow leaves glide smoothly on
The water’s shimmering skin;”
This is an example of ‘Enjambment’. It describes the leaves floating smoothly but apart from each other. The use of enjambment here helps the rhythm of the poem carry on smoothly like the leaves gliding. It could signify the two people still going on in life smoothly but not together. When he says “the water’s shimmering skin” it gives the impression of being murky below and shiny on top. This could show there is more to the relationship than what people see... [continues]
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