Of Mice and Men

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The names of the two poems I am going to write about are ‘City Friends Advice’ by Benjamin Zephaniah and ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ by Isobel Thrilling. The structure of ‘City Friends Advice’ is a regular rhyme scheme which helps the rhythm of the poem however in the poem ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ it doesn’t have a regular rhyme scheme and it is written in free verse which means it doesn’t have any rhyme scheme at all and in the poem the lines are all different lengths. The style in ‘City Friends Advice’ is that it has a simple use of language and with the word ‘beware’ being repeated through the poem being used as repetition however in the poem ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ it has more sophisticated language like ‘arrayed’ and this is used to create a picture in the readers mind. The tone in ‘City Friends Advice’ irony is used in the last two sentences of the poem having highlighted the dangers of the modern city on the other hand the tone in ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ is that humour is used when Isobel Thrilling gives the daughter a list of things she will be competing with. The final advice in ‘City Friends Advice’ would be is to enjoy your stay in the city even with all the trouble whereas the final advice in ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ you may get the boyfriend you want but you will still have to compete still with the thing’s boys like. Overall I think ‘City Friends Advice’ is a better poem than ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ because it is well put together and a lot more boyish than ‘Advice to a teenage daughter’ so overall I think ‘City Friends Advice’ is a better poem if I had to choose also I think that these two poems are completely different styles of poems but both work just as well.
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