This is a summary of three poems that I have studied for the Junior Certificate. The first one that I have studied is ‘Shall I Compare Thee? a sonnet written by William Shakespeare. It is number 18 of 154 sonnets that he has written. A sonnet usually consists of 14 lines but no stanzas, this sonnet also have a rhyming couplet. The theme of this poem is true beauty. In the poem, the poet examines summer as a metaphor for love. The poet believes that summer is not as similar to love, as you might expect it to be. This is clear because in the first few lines the poet asked “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? nd to that he gave a reply “Thou art more lovely and more temperate”. This means that his love is more lovelier and warmer than a summer’s day. He also points out the bad parts of summer; “rough winds” do come during May, and that summer ends too fast. In addition, you can get burned because how “sometimes too hot” the sun shines. Shakespeare said this to prove that summer is imperfect which it is in contrast to his love. This poem has many clues to show that it is a love poem. For example, after he compares the summer to his love, he said “But thy eternal summer shall not fade, nor ose possession of that fair thou oWst.
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, when in eternal lines to time thou growst”. These few lines that Shakespeare had written about the woman that he loved, meant that his love for her should never fade away, or lose the possession of her fond memories. The other two lines meant that even if her death has come, and when she is forever gone, his love for her would still exist. Even these few lines of the poem can clearly show that it is a love poem. In the rhyming couplet (the last two lines), the poet writes “So long as men can reathe, or eyes can see.
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee”. Even though summer ends, Shakespeare believed that because he has written this love poem, the memories of the ‘mysterious woman’ would live on forever. The last two lines proved this by saying so long as human beings exist or people can see, then his love for her will not fade away and the memories of her shall live on forever in this poem. The part in this poem, that I like, is when in the two final lines, the poet expresses the conclusion of the poem by saying that “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see.
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee”. I like this entire poem so therefore I do not dislike any parts of the poem. The second poem that I have studied is ‘Mid-term break written by Seamus Heaney. It is a nostalgic type of poem, where the poet remembers a sad event that had happened when he was in boarding school. He tells how he was at school one day drove him home”. This is strange and strikes a strong feeling of suspicion to the readers, that something strange has happened at home that his parent/s were not able to pick him up.
He came home to meet his father on the porch crying, this is also strange for “he had always taken funerals in his stride”. And meeting big Jim Evans who said, “It was a hard blow’. As the poet went into his house, elders and strangers greeted him and telling him, “They were sorry for his trouble”. His mother was coughing out angry tearless sighs; this is probably due to crying too much that she had no tears left to cry. As the ambulance arrived with the stanched and bandaged corpse, the corpse was left into a room.
Later we discovered it was his younger brother, who the poet ad not seen in 6 weeks, had died. The boy lain in a four-foot box as in his cot. He had no gaudy scars but a poppy bruise on his left temple. In this poem, the poet described other people’s feelings about the funeral rather than his own. Because all in this poem he had described how his father cried, how his mother coughed out tearless angry sighs, and how other people showed respect to his family. But, the poet did not say anything about his own feelings, and this proves that he had a distance relationship between his younger brother.