Comparative Commentary Between Two Poems About Loss And Death

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These two works are both poems, the first (Poem A) having a regular rhyming pattern and the second (Poem B) with no apparent rhyme. In both cases there are deep cultural assumptions about the gender of the author. In Poem A the speaker seems to be a woman, since it is the daughter who goes back to her parents' house and takes care of them, whereas in Poem B the author is a man, because it is assumed that it is the man who goes away and then calls home.

The two poems deal with the topic of being apart from your loved ones, and the loneliness and misery that comes with it. Both mention the telephone, which acts as a tool that enables communication, somehow bridging the gap between these people. This is an image that is related to our time, since the telephone is a human invention that has not always existed, which means that communication before it was much slower, an answer from the interlocutor would not be immediate, thus not producing the feeling of closeness to the person on the other end of the line that is characteristic of the phone.

However, there are many differences between the two poems, mainly, in my opinion, regarding the nature of the loss. In Poem A death is the cause of the loss, it is inevitable and irreversible. The author describes `her' father's way of coping with his wife's death and with the loneliness he is going through, and afterwards `she' tells her own experience after the death of both her parents, feeling in some way identified with her father and finally understanding him after having been in his shoes. The old man copes with the death of his wife and the associated loss through denial, keeping little rituals to pretend she is still there. By repeating everyday habits as they used to be when his wife was alive, he feels in a way relieved from the excruciating pain he is experiencing, and these routines are the only thing that makes him forget she is gone. This idea of something cyclical is reinforced by the repetition pattern established by the very regular rhyme of this poem. In the last stanza this rhyming pattern is changed, though. The rest of the poem presents an A-B-A-B pattern, while the last verse's...

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