The Big Question: Compare and contrast how each author uses poetic devices to relay similar meanings
- Poem 1: what the author cares about most will become insignificant with time, *focuses on the future
- Poem 2: impending nature of death, unfulfilled, *focuses on the past
- Poem 1: simile (“like rich garners”), personification (“with the magic hand of chance”), succession of metaphors/examples, imagery, anaphora, structure
- Poem 2: metaphor (“a city in the twilight”), personification (“the Past”), imagery, repetition, structure
- Paragraph 1:
- Poem 1: future worries but still end is near
- Evidence/Devices: couplet at the end that shifts viewpoint, structure of poem, imagery (pen and books), personification (“with the magic hand of chance), anaphora (“before” and “when”)
- Paragraph 2:
- Poem 2: past regrets but still end is near
- Evidence/Devices: couplet (the last two lines) at the end that shifts the tone (nostalgic/regretful to looming darkness), repetition (“not,” “nor”), imagery/metaphor of the hill, personification of the Past
Thesis Statement: The two authors strive to relay the impending nature of death/end by taking into perspective either the past or the future in their poems.
Topic Sentence 1: The first poem illustrates the impending nature of death by emphasizing the insignificance of anxiety of the future.
Topic Sentence 2: The second poem illustrates the impending nature of death by emphasizing the insignificance of past regrets.