Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

Poem Comparisons

No description

Jessica Berg

on 2 October 2013

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Poem Comparisons

Poem Comparisons
In the poems "If" and "Once Upon A Time" it explores the idea of giving advice from a parent to a child about growing up.
In the poems "If" and "On My First Sonne" the poets explore the idea of determination.
To conclude, the different themes I have chosen to talk about in this prezi are connected with the idea of a parent/child relationship. It looks at the importance and the bond of said relationship and the mourning and the loss felt when it ends. The main lesson I have learned reading these four poems is this: love between a parent and a child is unconditional and limitless.
In all four poems, the main idea is to explore the relationships between a parent and a child. In "Once Upon a Time" and "Before you were Mine" it explores the idea of losing certain characteristics with age.
Before you were Mine
"Marilyn" suggests that the writer thinks of her mother as a star, an icon. We can infer from this that the writer assumed a better life for her mother than the one she pursued.
Once Upon A Time
"Show me, son.
how to laugh; show me how."
This also shows us how not only children idolise parents, but parents also idolise and sometimes envy their children of their innocence and purity.
Before you were Mine
"Clear as scent" implies that when the writer's mother was young, she was pure and innocent, with no secrets and nothing to hide. It has the same idea as "Once Upon A time" in that with age, you lose your innocence and faith in imagination.
Once Upon A Time
"I want to be like I used to be,
when I was like you."
This has the same idea in that a parent wants their childhood and soul back in their life as with age they have lost it.
Before You Were Mine
""bend from the waist"
This is a reference to laughter, an action which is supposed to be instinctive and genuine. The writer implies that her mother has lost the meaning or purpose of laughter with age.
Once Upon A Time
"they used to laugh with their hearts
and laugh with their eyes"
Gabriel Okara is implying that with age, you lose your sincerity and gratitde towards other people. What the writer is describing here is what should be instinctive, how people used to laugh.
Before You Were Mine
"You'd teach me the steps on the way home from mass"
This quote is telling us that the writer's mother never fulfilled her dreams, she had so much passion and she was so care-free, but now the only time she danced was on the way home from mass. This shows us that with age, people lose their sense of dreaming and only think realistically.
Once Upon A Time
"I have learned to wear many faces"
This quote implies that with age, people have to represent themselves as fake to fit in, to not be the person they want to be, but the person society shapes them into. This links to 'Before You Were Mine' as it proves that when you grow older, you have to think realistically to fit in and be accepted by others.
"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same"
Rudyard Kipling is trying to advise the reader to go after everything with all you have in every situation, good or bad.
Once Upon A Time
"For then I find the doors shut on me"
Gabriel Okara is trying to portray to not look at everything at face value, sometimes people aren't as genuine or kind as they seem.
"If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch"
The message from this quote is to never lose your integrity or sincerity even if everyone around you is. Also, to never lose touch with reality and to stay true to yourself and your opinions even if everyone is trying to change you.
Once Upon A Time
"unlearn all these muting things"
This quote is describing the feeling of not being able to speak freely or express your opinions without judgement. The message Okara is trying to get across is to not care what other people think of you, it's what you think of yourself that matters the most.
"Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools"
This quote is advising the reader to pick yourself up even if all is lost. To be positive and look at the bigger picture, to look at what you have learned instead of what you have lost.
Once Upon A Time
"while their left hands search
my empty pockets"
In this quote Okara is advising the reader to not take everyone's kindness as if it is from the goodness of their heart. Sometimes, the only thing people are looking for is the amount of money you earn, not the friendship you return.
In the poems "On My First Sonne" and "Before You Were Mine", the poets explore the idea of loss in a parent/child relationship.
On My First Sonne
"Farewell, thou child of my right hand and joy"
The loss of one's right hand is the loss of a limb, something attached to you, that is a necessity for you to function. This quote is implying that the father expected too much of his son and thus he blames himself for his death.
Before You Were Mine
"I wanted the bold girl in Portobello"
This quote implies that the poet wanted a younger version of her mother, the fearless, funny and confident version.
On My First Sonne
"Seven years thou'wert lent to me, and I thee pay"
Ben Jonson is implying that he always knew having a son was too good to be true. The use of "lent" implies that he knew his happiness was limited, it had a time frame. However, we are under the assumption that he is talking to god, a man with a bigger plan, which he later realises and which makes him determined to move on.
Before You Were Mine
"That glamorous love lasts where you
sparkle and waltz and laugh before you were mine"
In this quote, the poet is referring to the other version of her mother, the glamorous and glowing one. The one that she wishes she could see more often. Carol Ann Duffy is implying that whenever her mother dances, she starts to see her mother glow and shine, she gets a glimpse of what she might have been like, had she pursued her dreams.
On My First Sonne
"O, I could lose all father now!"
Jonson is describing the true feeling of loss in this line, the true feeling of self-hatred and loathing. He is telling the reader that this event, this tragedy has hurt him so much that he could lose his faith in god. This is those times, in 1616, would have been something people looked down upon, so this had a much more powerful meaning then, then it does now.
On My First Sonne
"For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?"
This is a very powerful quote as Jonson is asking god a rhetorical question as to why people mourn after a death, when they go to a better place? He is truly confused and angry at god for letting something he loved so much die at such a young and innocent age.
"If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you"
This quote implies that you should be determined to believe what you want to believe, not what anyone else thinks you should believe. You should be determined to stand up for yourself, even if the person you are standing up to is someone of a higher status, or even just a close friend.
On My First Sonne
"Will man lament the state he should envy?"
Jonson is asking god why a person should keep on living when death is supposed to be such a grand and heavenly place? We later see that he has the sheer determination to live as he knows god has a bigger plan, he knows things will get better.
On My First Sonne
"To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage"
This quote implies that his son couldn't experience the sheer horrors of the world, as he was taken so soon. However, we can infer that the poet is trying to see the positive side of the world, instead of the terrible side.
"And so hold on when there is nothing in you,
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'"
Rudyard Kipling uses speech in his poems to create an emotional connection with the reader. Kipling creates an atmosphere in which the parent advises the child to keep moving foreward, to move on and to not give up, because things will get better with time.
Full transcript