poetic comparison and contrast essay

English 1020

Prince Georges Community College

Question Description

  • It will be an essay focusing on the poetry component of the course.
  • You are expected to choose a specific, poetic aspect (e.g., language, format, or theme) and select at least two poems for your comparison essay.
  • For this essay, you need to focus on answering questions,such as
  • Remember that the answers should not stand alone. They should be integrated into an essay form where there will be a clearly stated thesis statement supported by several topic sentences.
  • Remember also that because you are expected to extract information from external sources, you will need to acknowledge those sources, using in-text citations and a works-cited page. All this is done to ensure that you avoid plagiarism.
  • The essay should be 3 pages, using 3 to 5 sources. It should be typewritten or computerized. If you use computer, make sure you use Times New Roman (12 pts). Again, remember that because you are expected to use external sources, you will need to include a works- cited page.
  • College papers are typed or computerized in double space. For the complete layout format, consult your syllabus and the course textbooks. If you have further questions, consult the professor.
  • Which poetic aspect you intend to explore?
  • What is the importance of that aspect?
  • What set of poems, from the assigned list, do you find logical for your choice?
  • How does each poem fit into the aspect you intend to focus on?
  • poem:- If We Must Die by Claude McKAY AND The Man He Killed by THOMAS HARDY

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‘If We Must Die’ by Claude McKay and ‘The Man He Killed’ by Thomas Hardy
I settled on the theme in analyzing the two poems. Partly, this is informed by the fact
that the main essence of writing poetry is to pass some message. The writer uses a figurative
language to simulate an occurrence and pass the intended message to the target audience. In
this case, I chose ‘The Man He Killed’ and “If We Must Die. ’ The two poems are similar
because they have a specific message to pass to their intended audience. In the Poem ‘If We
Must Die’ McKay targets the Africans Americans and encourages them to stand and fight
back or else they will be corned and killed like hogs. Similarly, in the poem ‘The Man He
Killed,’ Hardy tries to convince his audience (British Empire) that there is no need to go to
war and instead look for alternative ways of solving the conflict. The two poems were written
during the time of crisis, there were unwarranted mob attacks on Africa Americans and the
Boer war, where the British Empire wanted to take control of some states in South Africa.
(Moore).The tone in the two poems is persuasive; the fact is likely to convince the Black
Americans to rise and fight back, and the f the British Empire to end their war in the Boer
The theme of war is common to the poem ‘If We Must Die’ by McKay and the poem
‘The Man He Killed’ by Thomas Hardy. In the poem ‘The Man He Killed’ the author tries to
convince the public that there is no need of fighting given that there are many options in
which conflicts can be resolved. From the tone of the poem, we can see that the man who
actually killed his regrets afterward for acting in such a way. He tries to find a genuine reason
why he killed but did not find one and finally states that he killed him because he was an

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enemy (Kirszner and Mandell 54). At the time of writing this piece, the British Empire was
involved in a war with the Boer states. Thomas Har...

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