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Textual Analysis Of Poetry ("Gone" By Simon Armitage And "Nobodies" By Anna Adams )

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While both “Gone” by Simon Armitage and “Nobodies” by Anna Adams deal with the subject of death, they do so in very different manners. “Gone” deals more with the grief of one particular person while “Nobodies” is a far more general look at death, however both have the same message of “live life to the full” and convey this message by using various distinctive features.The titles of both poems have more than one meaning, adding to the poems and their messages. “Gone” is a very short and quick word- reflecting on the suddenness of the wife’s death. It is also a euphemism for ‘dead’ suggesting the disbelief. The second ...view middle of the document...

It conveys the idea of moving on in his grief as well as the literal meaning of the car driving away.From there he moves into his second stanza where he brings in the idea of him being “as if/ [he] was a serious patient” and his “blood couldn’t stand the slightest jolt of speed”. This idea links slightly back to ideas in the previous stanza with the heart association of “thump” and the idea of patients but also the harsh movement that is again expressed in “jolt” . The main idea, however, in these lines is how extreme the grief is, almost as if he needs medical assistance for the pain is so great and weakened him so. This idea is seen again in the next stanza, “hold on to every difficult breath” where he is of course talking about holding back the sobs and tears, but is also has that suggestion of the suffering patient in hospital who cannot catch their breath. The idea that he is holding back his tears is emphasised by the pathetic fallacy of the rain mentioned in the second but explored in the third stanza. The opening line of this third stanza “rain on the face of my watch” in particular seems to emphasis that he himself is not crying. However it goes further than that in that it has the suggestion, due to the following line “will be everlasting” that the rain on the watch penetrates so much deeper than just the face, but is symbolic to how the rain or his tears will stain the time itself.This idea of time is seen again much later, in the final stanza when he takes of how “her watch, still ticking” and irony that her watch is still counting time while she has none left. Even the phrasing of “the loop of one blonde hair”; such a simple thing but the idea of a ‘loop’ is often associated with time and is significant in how while time continues, he is stuck in his grief. Grief that he himself notes is not set of by the big things, but by the small things like her watch and hair still caught in the brush.Armitage manages to convey the suddenness...

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