Can Poetry Make A Difference? KAity Jepson 10M

'Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful' -Rita Dove

'Poetry is when an emotion has found its though and the thought has found its words'. -Robert Frost

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Frye’s poem ‘Do not stand and my grave and weep’ describes the process on leaving a loved one and moving on into a new life. The audience is positioned to see through the tough times and leave a deceased person behind and they did not truly die. The emotion of sorrow is conveyed, as the person in which the poem is based off is going through a difficult patch in their life and it feeling the dread and loss of the loved one. The use of uneven stanzas adds to the effect of the sorrow and the process of the life, it makes the audience want to keep reading rather than to simply take a break after each stanza. The use of repetition through the lines 2-6 and again on lines 8, 10 and 12 uses the term ‘I am’ making the poem more personal and direct, it furthermore uses the technique of rhyming which helps to tie it all together. The aspect of metaphors are frequently used throughout the poem, such as ‘I am the sun on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain.’ The poem contains enjambment, which is used amongst certain lines such as ‘when you awaken in the morning’s hush (new line) I am the swift uplifting rush. Alliteration has been featured during the article when it says ‘soft starts that shine’ provided 3 words beginning with ‘s’ which brings about the alliteration. Through the effective use of key features in the poem, a powerful message was conveyed which led the readers to feel the sorrow and loss in which the poem describes as well as gaining of an understanding that even though people are gone and will not come back they are not truly gone yet and never will be, it shows hope that there may be a such thing as an 'afterlife'.


By Luke Davies

Davies poem ‘Death’ describes the process of somebody meeting death and being close to dying but then coming back to live once again. The audience is positioned to see ‘death’ as a person or a character rather than a ‘thing’ that happens in life. The emotion of this is kindness and compassion, this is shown by the lines ‘he kindly stopped for me’ and ‘we drank a pot of tea’ making the image in your head that they are kind to each other and friends. The structure of this poem is two stanzas of four line poems. The emotion of this poem includes metaphors as death itself is displayed as a metaphor and a character when it is not. The structure of this poem includes even structures in which makes it easier to read at once and ties it all together. With each second line in rhyming with one another ‘me…tea…where…fear’. It also includes the clever simile of ‘Death’ by transforming what is known as a ‘thing’ into a captivating character, it shows this by saying things such as ‘he kindly stopped for me’ and ‘Then Death stood up and walked away’. This poem contains enjambment that is used amongst lines ‘Because I could not stop for Death’ (new line) ‘he kindly stopped for me’ as well as ‘We talked about the football’ (new line) ‘and we drank a pot of tea’. Throughout the effective use of key features in the poem, a powerful message was conveyed which led the readers to feel slightly comforted as if Death was a kind character that would have an average conversation with you about football and would sit down to drink a pot of tea. It gains an understanding that it will be okay and that you shouldn’t worry about death with the final line of ‘and nothing was to fear’.

Death be not proud

By John Donne

Donne’s poem ‘Death be not proud’ describes the process of somebody trying to get rid of death. The audience is positioned to see death yet again as a character and also as something that someone wants to get rid of. There is not particular structure to this poem as it is one big stanza. It contains rhyming with words such as ‘me…be…flow…go…dwell…well’. Having rhyming within the poem makes it flow nicely together and makes it more fun and interesting for the reader. The emotions involved in this poem is hatred. It shows that death does not control your life and it should be ruined by the line ‘death, thou shalt not die’. This is also shown in the line, ‘and death shall be no more’. It contains repetition of the word ‘and’ that is shown at the beginning of five lines, having ‘and’ repeated at the start of each line means that it therefore contains enjambment. Through the effective use of key features in the poem, a powerful message was conveyed about how death will one day be defeated.

I'll see you again

By Westlife Lyrics

Westlife lyrics’ song ‘I’ll see you again’ displays a powerful message on how you may miss people but you will see them again soon enough. The structure on this is free verse as it is a song and does not follow a set structure. It contains repetition with the chorus ‘I’ll see you again, you never really left, I feel you walk beside me, I know I’ll see you again. The emotion is sadness but it also has the power to let the reader know that you will see them again and that ‘no it is not goodbye’. This is seen by the lines ‘I miss you like crazy and I’ll never forget you’ and ‘gone but not forgotten, this is not goodbye’. Enjambment is portrayed throughout this poem as it is a song, a song that tells a story, this is evident with it written as ‘And I tell myself I’m so blessed’ (new line) ‘To have had you in my life, my life’. This is additionally demonstrated with the lines ‘I can’t say this to your face’ (new line) ‘but I know you hear’. Therefore, throughout the effective use of key features in the poem, a powerful message was conveyed about how death is not permanent and you will that person one last time.


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