Compare the ways the poets present their personalities in any four poems
Compare the ways the poets present their personalities in any four poems

Compare the ways the poets present their personalities in any four poems

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The four poems I have chosen are Kid by Simon Armitage, Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy, The Laboratory by Robert Browning and On My First Born Sonne by Ben Jonson.

Each of these poems are very different, the most obvious difference being the different ages they were written in. But they all have one major thing in common. they are all dramatic monologues. A dramatic monologue is a poem written according to one persons point of view, and provides a running commentary of their thoughts and feelings about events.Poems contain dramatic monologues – which can be very revealing if the author is writing about himself.

If not then a made up character will ‘reveal’ a lot about his life and personality. Dramatic monologues are used by many poets, both old and new. Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy is about a single woman who was left at the altar by her husband-to-be. The poem is based on a character from Great Expectations, a novel by Charles Dickens. She hates being a spinster and hates her lover for making her into one. She is obsessed with thinking about this old lover and feels abandoned by him, after all those years.

Even though many years have passed she still wears her wedding dress and the rotting wedding breakfast is still on the table. She starts the poem by blaming her lover, calling him ‘beloved sweetheart bastard’. This show the love she has for him contrasting against her hate of him and what he did to her. We can tell that it happened a long ti


me ago as everything is old and rotting. The wedding cake and wedding breakfast are rotting and crumbling.

Her wedding dress is looking yellow with age and has been worn by her for many years. She herself is old, her veins stand out like ‘ropes on the back of my hands’She is revengeful and wishes he were dead, in fact she has prayed for his death, until her eyes were like ‘pebbles’ and the muscles on her hands were strong enough to strangle a man to death. This reference to murder shows her revengeful feelings very strongly. Havishams moods vary in extremes. Some days she stays in her bed and scream in denial over what has happened to her.

Other times she is sad and furious of her broken life. In the first line we see these mood changes. ‘beloved sweetheart bastard’, showing she still thinks she loves him while at the same time hating him.She wishes to have a ‘male corpse’ with which to take a ‘long slow honeymoon’. Though there are suggestions of violence throughout the poem we cannot be sure what she wants to do with her ‘male corpse’. But as she stabs her wedding cake in fury we can see she is a violent, angry women who hates her old lover.

She can not move on or rebuild her life from the day when her chances of escaping spinsterhood were broken. When she looks at herself in the mirror she can’t recognise herself. She asks ‘who did this? ‘. Though she seems uncertain of herself man

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pronouns are used in this section ‘myself, me’.

Sometimes her love for him comes back ‘some nights better, the lost body over me’. But then her hatred and anger returns and ‘suddenly I bite awake’ At the end we are told about how her life is ruined; ‘don’t think its only the heart that b-breaks’ Not only has her heart been broken by this man, but her entire life and self has been destroyed. It is the end of a dark and violent poem. In contrast is Kid, a poem by Simon Armitage.

It is based on the thoughts and feelings of Robin after Batman has left him. Though it also deals with rejection and abandonment, it is in a much more lighter and happier tone than Havisham.Robin begins with alliteration, ‘batman, bigshot’. This is memorable and sticks in your mind throughout the rest of the poem.

We are also shown the different styles of speech between Robin and Batman. Batman uses very fancy nautical speech ‘leeward, blue yonder’, while Robin is more local and has a simpler manner of speaking ‘ditched me in the gutter’. When Batman left Robin behind we can understand his shock and sadness, but we are then told that it was a good thing, that Robin has now ‘turned the corner’. Now Robin is getting his own back on Batman.He is telling the truth about the Batman years and telling the world about Batman’s exploits. When people thought that Batman was ‘like father, elder brother’ to Robin.

Robin ‘sacked it, blown the cover, let the cat out’. These are all ways of saying that now Robin has told the truth about Batman. Batman has an affair with a married women and when he took her out he put the car bill on expenses. Though Robin was Batman’s shadow for so many years he has now grown up and has overtaken Batman. Though batman was famous now he has nothing.Without Robin Batman can do nothing.

He can’t look after himself ‘next to nothing in the walk in larder’, and has nothing to do anymore ‘punching the palm of your hand all winter’. Robin has now grown past Batman and has much more of his life to look forward to. As Robin says ‘you baby, now I’m the real boy wonder’. Another poem dealing with loss is Ben Jonsons, On my first sonne.

It is about the first born son of Ben Jonson who died when he was seven. Ben Jonson is a very religious person, and this poem shows his feelings and his religious beliefs.A popular religious thought of the time which Jonson shared in was that his sons death was a punishment for Jonson wanting too much out of his son. Jonson loved his son too much and forgot that he was only a gift from god. To punish Jonson for this his son was taken away. The first line, ‘thou child of my right hand’, is referring to Jonsons son.

He was Benjamin which means son of Ben Jonson. In Hebrew that means ‘son of my right hand’. This is very important as Jesus sits

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