Poems Essay

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'Poems studied share common concepts, theses, issues and/or ideas'Select at least two poems studied in class and compare how effectively each poet communicated their message to their audience.In your response you must make detailed references to your chosen poems.Poems are developed to communicate an important message or theme, some which can include journey, change and crossing cultures. 'The Door' is a poem by Miroslav Holub that involves an imaginative journey taken by the persona as to what is behind the door. Holub also effective communicates the numerous possibilities of change that come with opening the door. Similarly the theme of journey can be revealed in the poem 'Past carin'' and the concept of crossing cultures is common when compared to the poems 'No more Hiroshima' and 'August 6th'. The poets all effectively communicate these themes through numerous literal techniques.The result of a journey is never known but it is a risk that all have to take. In 'The Door' the persona is being persuaded by the speaker to 'go and open the door', a decision that could hold unlimited opportunities, down paths that have no specific outcomes. The persona takes an imaginative journey as they work though the endless positive or negative events and experiences that could lie behind the door. The speaker prompts this journey with repetition of 'Maybe' indicating to the audience that a journey can lead you anywhere, to even 'a garden, or a magic city'. No physical journey is actually taken by the persona but the poet or speaker is constantly referring to the certain possibility of a real, physical journey if they open the door. The persona is hesitant and by the end the poet is almost pleading with them to take the chance, and expresses that 'if there's a fog it will clear' which metaphorically means that persona's cramped mind will be released after opening the door. This poem effectively describes journey, communicating to the audience the benefits or consequences that can result.Change is inevitable and necessary in life. 'The Door' is a poem that successfully discusses the possibility of change and how essential it is for the growth and development of people. The persona is afraid of change and the speaker starts by using forceful language like the repetition of 'go' hoping the persona will obey. The world behind the door is quiet, boring and lonely displayed by the quote 'Maybe you'll see a face' in which the tone suggests that the persona has never seen another human before. In each stanza there is a decrease in intensity and by the end the speaker repeats the words 'even if', then lists some things like 'the darkness ticking', personification that enables the audience to understand that change can be bad or good but you never know. 'Even if there is nothing' taking the risk would be worth never allowing for the possible...

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