Nature And Destruction In Report To Wordsworth

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The poems ‘Report to Wordsworth’ by Boey Kim Cheng and ‘Lament’ by Gillian Clarke use the theme of the destruction of nature to portray different ideas. Although these two poems share the main themes of nature and destruction, ‘Report to Wordsworth’ focuses on nature itself while ‘Lament’ shows the dangers of a war that are brought onto nature as well as people involved in it. The poems ‘Report to Wordsworth’ and ‘Lament’ share the theme of the destruction of nature. ‘Report to Wordsworth’ depicts the polluted oceans throughout the poem. The catastrophic situation is portrayed in the expression ‘smothered by smog’, emphasized by the use of sibilance. The repetition of the ‘s’ makes the situation seem more precarious to the readers as it is vocalized harshly. On the…show more content…
This metaphor juxtaposes between the word ‘nest’ and ‘sickness’. The word ‘nest’ usually stands for comfort and safety. Furthermore, by linking the nest to sickness, it shows how the nest, once the most protected place they had, is now perilous. The structure also contributes to building a slow, painstaking pace when describing the disruption of nature. The use of enjambment in these poems helps the readers understand how the process of destruction is gradual and continuous. Therefore, emphasizing the fact that there is a never-ending threat posed on the wildlife. The similarity can also be found in the choices of diction. Both poems used terms with strong negative connotations such as ‘dying’ and ‘funeral’. With these words, the poets maintain the dismal atmosphere in these poems. From this, the readers can infer that the situation depicted in the poem is a critical
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