Literary Analysis Of Boey Kim Cheng's Daffodils By William Wordsworth

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The poem Daffodils, written by the 18th century poet William Wordsworth, consists of simple rhythm and rhyme used to cover the sentimental topic of the beauty of nature. Wordsworth himself enjoyed trekking through Wales. This poem reflects how he feels about nature. Paradoxically, Report to Wordsworth, a poem written by the 20th century Boey Kim Cheng, is speaking of the path of destruction caused by man through nature, a theme reverberated throughout the poem. Both authors use archaic language and literary devices to convey their views of nature. They use different forms in there poems to show different views. Daffodils is a standard poem consisting of four stanzas with six lines in each, with a total of 24 lines. However, in Report to Wordsworth, Boey Kim Cheng uses a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDGG, with an iambic pentameter. Report to Wordsworth uses hard rhymes, archaic language and very traditional from to emphasis the connection of this verse to William Wordsworth, the address person in this poem. This is counter balanced by a somewhat modern feel brought about by the soft rhyme, which closely resemble natural patterns of language and speech. The iambic pentameter seen seems to create a musical intonation which pulls the reader into reader more. However, the poem can be seen breaking the iambic pentameter at tactical points, for example “Nature has need of you”. Following the iambic pentameter, the word should beginning with an unstressed syllable, however the stress put

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