The Theme of Jorneying in For A Journey by Alan Brownjohn and To The Virginian Voyage by Michael Drayton
"The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do."
'Journey' is an encompassing word. The connotations of the word
"journey" are:- trying to get from one place to another, going
somewhere different to where you usually go, an adventure, a journey
can be life itself. It is said that many people are afraid and
prevented from life and they feel this because of fears they
experience along the journey. The biggest fear of all can be the fear
My purpose in this assignment is to explore the theme of "journeying"
in two poems of my choice, paying particular attention to how the
poets choices of structure, language and content help convey his/her
message. At least one poem should have been written before 1900 and at
least one after 1900. These are the poems I have chosen: 'For a
journey' by Alan Brownjohn (written after 1900) and 'To the Virginian
voyage' by Michael Drayton (written before 1900).
Brownjohn outlines and advocates the endurance of the simple,
expedient names, these are stylistic devices, which
farmers/individuals have allocated to the land they know in his poem
'For a Journey'. He is dismissive of the limitations of maps which he
seems to feel don't fully capture the essence of these liveotin lands
and he issues a very clear warning about the wisdom of exploring
unchartered, remotely and as he suggests, uninviting, alien territory.
The poem was written in the context of the twentieth century, an era
of a phenomenally hepatic pace of life and of change. It was a time of
turmoil, a time of great innovation, invention and industrialisation,
all of which impacted on every avenue of life, but also on the
countryside. It was a time when the world became much more accessible
to people, which led to the encouragement of travel, especially in
western society. Alongside this ever-expanding range of experience,
seemed to emerge an understanding and appreciation of different
cultures. It was often argued that travel was helping to broaden
people's horizons and making them educated and enlightened. Human
beings achieved major things in the twentieth century. Yet despite all
of this, Brownjohn outlines that journeying is safer where there is
human contact and issues a strong warning journeying to unknown lands.
Michael Drayton, the poet who wrote 'To the Virginian Voyage' lived in
the late sixteenth century - early seventeenth century, through most
of the long, dominant reign of Queen Elizabeth I in England. This was
a time of unprecedented travel and has become well known as the era of
explorations and voyages. This phenomenon was due to many factors,
like - better shipbuilding skills, detailed maps, the invention of
compasses, religion - which was the supreme...