Similarities Between A Barred Owl And The History Teacher

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The two poems “A Barred Owl” and “the history teacher” both work to show the innocence of a child, and how the characters in the poem work to try to preserve it. In the first poem by Richard Wilbur, the child is frightened by the owl’s voice. However, the child is told, “All she heard was an odd question from a forest bird….” This shows the person trying to protect the child’s innocence. In the next poem by Billy Collins “The History Teacher” the first line says “trying to protect his students innocence” and goes to explain how he teaches the history in correctly so that the children can be spared from knowing the scary truth. Both poems towards the end show a sense of irony. They both have a dark and twisted ending. The bird in the first

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