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Literary Comparison
Jenna Sanders
ENG125: Introduction to Literature (GSH1035D)
Michelle Pinkard
September 28,2010

People in all organizations and walks of life must have the ability to work in a team environment. Yet the world can not see that viewpoint sometimes, the idea that we all stand together in one fight. Thus creating conflict, the literary element I have chosen. Tuesday 9/11/01 by Lucille Clifton is the poem to represent the ongoing conflict of Man versus Society. In the last stanza of this poem it goes on to say “ and God has blessed America to learn that no one is exempt the world is one all fear is one all life all death all one.”(Lucille Clifton; DiYanni, 2007) What happened to this country, and any other tragic case of pain or suffering is expressed in this poem, when the author says “they know this storm in otherwheres,” and “ no blood is untouched.” Conflict is frequently characterized as a controversy between interrelated individuals who intervene with one another in reaching their objectives , and that it is. We all have objectives to reach and visions in sight but most times conflicts do arise. We may be thinking we are alone during these times, that no one could possibly be understanding what the other is going through, Yet, Tuesday 9/11/01 reminds us that this is not true. Conflicts and struggles lie deep within themselves but also among each other. In the comparing of Tuesday 9/11/01 with W.H. Auden’s Musee des Beaux Arts. The analysis of the second poem would be found in the first line “ About suffering they were never wrong.” This poem is telling of the people’s response to tragedy, and the apathy with which people view individual suffering. In the beginning though the poem points out that every person has known of suffering no matter the kind. Although these two poems agree on the theme of suffering, or man vs. society, this particular poem is emphasizing suffering as being individual. The author of the poem Musee des Beaux Arts illustrates this opinion in the line “Its human position; how it takes place. While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along…” Surely many an audience would beg to expand on that thought that most times while others lives are honky dory and lead beside still pastures, others lives are torn in turmoil.

The word suffering is sometimes used in the narrow sense of physical pain, but more than often it refers to mental or emotional pain, or more often yet to pain in the broad sense! The pain in which mostly all are entitled to and experienced with. So then we all would know that though sometimes this means unwanted conditions, pain happens in complete different places, and suffering soon affects all. That’s why I chose Musee des Beaux Arts, because it illustrates the feeling of being in separate circumstances, not thinking suffering is among you, but in actuality, in reality it truly is, the human race is part of a team, a long strife of sufferings. The question to ask here then is, am I my brother’s keeper, does my brothers pain and suffering’s not inflict myself or the next, and is my own suffering and lack of understanding causing my brother’s suffering’s? Who knows, but as for Musee des Beaux Arts said “for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may

Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone…” . Should the world’s issues particularly matter if those I specifically hold are all taken care of? These two pieces of literatures agreeing on the theme of suffering, create a conflict in its own because they see them in different lights and would greatly accompany someone trying to expand and broaden their mind, and imagination. Because tuesday 9/11/01 hastens to explain for us “to learn that no one is exempt…” Agreed! Collective and individual human suffering associated with life are conditions shaped by powerful social forces, and...
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