Draw Links And Comparisons Between The Poems In 'moon On The Tides' Anthology And The Relationships Presented In 'of Mice And Men'.

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The word relationship is defined "as the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected". A relationship can be connection by blood or marriage ora particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other or it could just be a romantic or sexual involvement. Relationships are in the centre of Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. It explores the unlikely relationship between two migrants during the Great Depression in the 1930's and the conflicts they encounter whilst working on the ranch. Fenton's poem 'In Paris with You' is an unconventional poem about love and regret, and the speaker seems disillusioned and cynical about love. It talks about a man who's on the rebound and he has no interest in seeing the beauty of the city and wishes to stay in his hotel room only. The poem 'Brothers'explores the relationship between two brothersand the constant aggravation and annoyance between them. The key themes are' growing up' and sibling rivalry.The Farmer’s Bride’ is about intense, hopeless andunrequited love. The farmer marries a young girl who he barely spends time with;the young bride thereforeappears to be on the verge of madness. Madness; a theme that appears repeatedly in Mew’s work and her personal life as Charlotte Mew's two sibling suffered from mental illness and were committed to asylums for the insane at an early age.
The main relationship in 'Of Mice and Men' is the two main characters George and Lennie, their improbable friendship causes jealousy among the other men on the ranch as it was unusual for a man to travel around with someone else at that time. Lennie is described as a somewhat friendly giant. He is mentally handicapped, and is too strong for his own good. George is similar to that of an older brother for Lennie .He is responsible and patient. On the face of it, it appears that Lennie because of his mental immaturity is totally reliant upon George for survival however what readers may fail to notice is that George also relies on Lennie for companionship in the lonely world of a migrant worker. In the poem 'Brothers' the narrator feels burdened with and annoyed by his younger brother. From the simple tone, free verses and references to naive opinions we can infer that this poem is in fact autobiographical and that its set from the perspective of the poet, Andrew Foster. The poem immediately begins with a negative connation; 'saddled with you' is a metaphor which can be interpreted as the older brother being a horse and the younger brother is 'saddled on him'.This is similar to Of Mice and Men "When I think about the life I could have without you" George feels held back by Lennie and believes he would have been able to achieve bigger things if he wasn't responsible for taking care of Lennie. The sense of superiouty is another one of the main themes that run through both this poem and this novel. The youngest brother was ‘spouting six-year old...

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