Poetry and Universal Poem

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Compare and Contrast ‘First Ice’ and ‘Manwatching’

The two poems I am going to compare and contrast are ‘First Ice’ by Andrei Vosnesky and ‘Manwatching’ by Georgia Garrett. The first obvious difference between the poems is that ‘First Ice’ is written by a man and ‘Manwatching’ is written by a woman. However, both poets seem to adopt a female persona. ‘First Ice’ is about “a girl” who has broken up with someone for the “first time” by phone call. The girl was planning to go out to a party with her boyfriend and phoned him to ask him where he was. That’s when he broke up with her. It is a universal poem so it could happen to anyone. The poem was originally written in Russian but translated into English. We know the girl is going out somewhere nice because “she hides a face…..tears and lipstick” and she “wears earrings”. She is dressed up which suggests she cares enough to make a good impression.

The poem ‘Manwatching’ is about a man and woman at a party. This is a similarity between the poems, they both seem to be about parties, the difference is one is at a party and one is going to one. The woman in ‘Manwatching’ is watching her boyfriend from across the room. The woman has ‘come to recognise the code’ and is paranoid, she might have a reason to be paranoid because the man might have been flirting with people before. I however believe she is just paranoid for no reason. At the end of the poem the man says he is “bored” and they leave.

The similarities in the subject of the poem are both females have been hurt by a man. The difference is that in ‘First Ice’ it is “the first ice of human hurt” but in ‘Manwatching’ she “knows the scene so well” so it must have happened before and she is used to the hurt, even id she is only imagining what she sees.

The tone of both poems is serious and cold. ‘Manwatching’ has lack of trust and in ‘First Ice’ she has lost trust in someone. In ‘First Ice’ it’s very mysterious because the poet doesn’t completely let us know...
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