Lessons in Life from Poetry

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Essay Question 4- What lessons about life have you learnt from any two of the poems that you have studied in the Poetry Anthology. Relate these lessons to three other poems you have studied. Refer closely to the poet’s skill with language in your answer.

Poetry is a form of art. In every poem, the poet has tried to convey something to his audience. Every poem has its own unique theme, meaning, message, and beauty. It is sometimes common for poems to be similar in their theme or meaning. This simply proves the similarity in thought and beliefs of different poets. Some poems match together by having a similar storyline, or even having just the same theme, and that proves that poems can have similarities, but also differences. In a similar way the three poems “If” by Rudyard Kipling, “War Photographer” by Carol Ann Duffy and “The Tiger” by William Blake share a similar theme. All the three poems mentioned above have a great meaning and message for the readers embedded within them. Rudyard Kipling’s “If” one of his most famous poems is. Kipling composed this poem in the eighteenth century in Great Britain. Structurally, this poem is written in four stanzas each comprising of eight lines. The rhyme scheme of the poem is “abab” which implies that every alternate line of each stanza rhyme. Every line beings with "If you-", and all of a sudden Kipling surprises you with his literary talent: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you". The first part of each line starts with the phrase “If you can”. This is then followed by a condition “trust you when all men doubt you”. By this the poet asks the reader a question of whether they are able to fulfill this condition. In short we can say it is a very organized poem. Kipling has used a wide variety of literary techniques in his poem and the most prominent being his choice of words. He has specifically used words which bring out maximum effect and are appealing to the readers....
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