Comparing Poems A Parental Ode To My Son Aged Three Years And Five Months, Catrin, And For Heidi With Blue Hair

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Comparing poems A Parental Ode to My Son Aged Three Years and Five Months, Catrin, and For Heidi With Blue Hair

'A Parental Ode…' is a poem, which has been written about a son
through his father's eyes. It is a poem emphasizing the beauty and
virtues of his son, talking as if he is a creature of fantasy; though
in reality the father's son is a mischievous child, getting into
trouble, which is distracting the father from writing his poem.
'Catrin' is written in the same format as 'A Parental Ode…' but in
this poem it is the mother viewing her child (which in this case is
Catrin). This poem is a lot more serious and down to earth. It talks
about their relationship and how they have grown together whereas 'A
Parental Ode…' is about the troubles that the father's child gets up
to and is more bubbly and amusing. 'For Heidi With Blue Hair' shares
some characteristics as 'Catrin' in the sense that it is the same
poem. This poem is written about a girl who has dyed her hair blue,
basically as it says in the title. It tries to be amusing by using
irony so it does have some similarity to 'A Parental Ode…' in a
humorous sense but 'A Parental Ode's…' humour is more direct.

'A Parental Ode…' is a poem by a father idolizing his son. It is
written in 'real-time' - that the father is describing his son as he
is writing the poem. The father is writing about his son, a
troublesome child that is naughty. His father, however, does not want
to show this in the poem as he makes no reference of it but you find
out that he is ghastly. The father likes to romanticize the image of
his son by using fantasy creatures (elf, sprite, puck, imp), and by
doing this it is showing that the poem isn't real, but rather a
fabrication. This poem has a sense of humour, which is helped by the
positioning of the brackets. To show you what I mean here is the first
stanza of the poem:

Thou happy, happy elf!

(But stop - first let me kiss away the tear)

Thou tiny image of myself!

(My love, he's poking peas into his ear!)

Thou merry, laughing sprite!

With spirits feather-light,

Untouched by sorrow and unsoiled by sin -

(Good heavens! The child is swallowing a pin!)

As you can see the brackets are used to show the comparison between
the poem the father is writing and what is actually going on. This
gives you two different contrasts, two moods, and two different styles
of writing; this is what gives its humour. Not only that but of you
look a bit deeper into the poem you will see that what is also
humorous about the poem is that the father got so distracted at what
the child was doing that he actually write it down. This is shown in
the juxtaposition of the lines, which creates the humour for this
poem, as each line is contradicting one another. The poet, T. Hood,
has deliberately...

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