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How do i compare two unseen poems like; Down and out Paddington by Christine Boothroyd and Tramp by Rupert M. Loydell
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How do i compare two unseen poems like; Down and out Paddington by Christine Boothroyd and Tramp by Rupert M. Loydell
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Any comparative literature question means that you will need to be on your game when it comes to structuring your answer. Make sure that each paragraph is therefore clearly signposted with - (a) the element of the poem you are discussing and (b) whether you are suggesting the poems have commonalities or are in contrast to one another. For example: "Both poems present us with depictions of love. In the first poem this theme is dealt with in a romantic way (insert supporting quote) whereas the second poem presents love as a form of suffering (supportive quote)" - so I've shown here the element of the poem we are discussing is the theme (love) and shown that the poems differ in their treatment of this (through the use of the word 'whereas').

You will want to do a very close reading of each poem and give consideration not just to the broad brush (ie rhyme scheme, subject, theme) but also the techniques the poet uses - eg word choice, use of metaphor, alliteration - and what impact these techniques have on the reader. Consider the form the poem takes - is it a sonnet? what kind of sonnet? does this then suggest a particular period in literature to you? You won't be expected to identify the poem (unless it is a very well known one) but you could, in your answer, make a case for why you think the poem may be from the 17th, versus 20th century. Make sure that in answering the question, you give equal attention to both poems. Point up what they have in common, how they differ, and you might also want to suggest in your conclusion why you feel one is more successful than the other. Always use supporting quotes to back up your views. I hope this helps
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