Preview
Preview

The Poetry of Tony Harrison Essay

No Works Cited
Length: 2620 words (7.5 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Purple      
Open Document
Need writing help? Check your paper »



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The Poetry of Tony Harrison


Tony Harrison is almost certainly one of the most famous poets alive.
Born in Leeds in 1937 he grew up in a working-class family. Harrison
is a modern poet but chooses to use the traditional sonnet form as he
considers the rigid structure and strict rhythm and rhyming rules
which others find restricting, a challenge to him. He also sees it as
a controlled technique of expressing his feelings. Francesco Petrach
began using the sonnet at the beginning of Renaissance with his
unusual rhyming pattern and stanzas of an octave and a sestet.
Harrison's sonnets fit more into the structure of the later
Shakespearean sonnet, with the ABABCDCD rhyming scheme and rhyming
couplets. He has though subverted the classical form of the
Shakespearean sonnet and adapted it to suit his style of writing and
needs. He chooses to add an extra two lines in the form of a rhyming
couplet to summarise the rest of the poem and make a bold statement.
Traditionally sonnets have being written about love, romance and
landscapes by those such as Wordsworth, but Harrison prefers to focus
on more contemporary issues such as his strong opinions on our society
today, although manages to include conventional topics too but not in
the expected way. There are also other small changes that he has made
to benefit his style of writing. All these changes make him a very
unique writer, different to the colloquial, free verse most poets use.
Many would classify him as a modern sonnet writer.



Them & [Uz]
===========

These two sonnets are very powerful and portray a very strong message
to the reader. They are full of conflict and anger, ...


... middle of paper ...


...ntness in his
poetry is what's kept him outside the establishment; which is exactly
where he wants to be.

Them & [uz] is conflict between the different speaking groups and the
way they are made to be divided. Book Ends and Marked With a D are
both about conflict within his family, especially with his father and
also introduce the themes of death and religion. It is obvious that
the relationship between his father and himself was a very painful
one.

Harrrison's defines himself and his alienation through the use of his
language. Harrison treasured speech so much and the thought of him
losing part of that made him feel guilty and writing was a way for him
to deal with those feelings as well.

The renowned Resetti described a sonnet as a 'moments monument'. I
think this certainly summarizes Harrison's sonnets.


Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »







This essay is 100% guaranteed.


Title Length Color Rating  
Analysis of Tony Harrison's Poems Essay - Analysis of Tony Harrison's Poems After reading and analysing the three Tony Harrison poems I found that, they portray many relationships between families with three members. In all of the poems Harrison was the son and they talked about the relationships between him and his father. The first poem is ‘Book Ends’....   [tags: Papers] 1235 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Themes of Loss and Isolation in Looking for Dad and the Sick Equation by Brian as Well as Long Distance by Tony Harrison - The Themes of Loss and Isolation in Looking for Dad and the Sick Equation by Brian as Well as Long Distance by Tony Harrison When exploring poems it is clear to see that there are many analytical and poetic devices used to emphasise meaning and theme throughout the verses. The 3 poems that employ examples of this are 'Looking for dad' and 'The sick equation' by Brian Patten and 'Long distance' by Tony Harrison. There are many different ways to express feelings through the use of poetry and the main feature in the 3 of these poems is Loss and isolation....   [tags: Papers] 1902 words
(5.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Analysis of Long Distance by Tony Harrison, I Shall Return and The Barrier by Claude McKay - Analysis of Long Distance by Tony Harrison, I Shall Return and The Barrier by Claude McKay These poems will be compared by the theme, Poetic devices and structure of the poems. Harrison's Long Distance explores the theme of death of loved ones within a family triangle. Most of Harrison's poetry focuses on his life, such as his working class childhood and family life. Similarly, in Claude McKay's The Barrier, the theme of the poem is love for another person, but here it is for someone of the opposite race....   [tags: Papers] 1378 words
(3.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay on The Theme of Loss in Poetry - The Theme of Loss in Poetry Provide a sample of poetry from a range of authors each of whom portray the theme of loss in some way. Anthology Introduction The object of this collection is to provide a sample of poetry from a range of authors each of whom portray the theme of ‘loss’ in some way. ‘Loss’ has been a recurring theme in literature for centuries, from early poets such as William Shakespeare who portrays loss in many of his tragedies including the loss of sanity in ‘King Lear’ and the loss of reputation in ‘Othello’, through to Keats’s ‘Odes’ and into the twentieth and twenty-first century....   [tags: Poems William Wordsworth Selima Hill Essays] 2008 words
(5.7 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Why a Generation Acts in the Ways in Which They Do: "Why Young Men Are So Ugly" by Tony Hoagland - Why Young Men Are So Ugly by Tony Hoagland is a fantastic poem because I think it gives a hidden reasoning for why a certain generation of people acts in the ways in which they do. Upon reading the name of the poem, I immediately noticed how out there it was, which gave me the idea that the author may be an outspoken person. The title was effective in making me interested in the poem, because it stuck out and wasn’t a topic I’d ever read a piece about. Why Young Men Are So Ugly is a poet’s explanation of what goes on inside a young man’s mind, and on the inside of his body, despite what that young man may be displaying through his actions and words....   [tags: Tony Hoagland, social commentary, poetry,]
:: 1 Works Cited
996 words
(2.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Harrison Bergeron Essay - Harrison Bergeron Imagine a world where an oppressive government captures what many call diversity. Where ugly is known as beauty and intelligence is insignificant. “They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.” (Vonnegut) This is the future that Harrison experiences, in the short story “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut. It is the year 2081 and the government handicaps every citizen with make up or weights to create equality....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1008 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Harrison Bergeron - Harrison Bergeron, projected on a stage representing the conformity of a society with a system of Government based on equality for the weak, which are monitored and controlled by a dictatorial Government. This story is a literary sample that gives us a system of Government, where the law was created with the intention of limiting the individuals and turning them into beings with actuation equality, controlling them through the transmitters or obstacles in their body for that people could not exercise freely their natural abilities and any kind of right view....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron Essays]
:: 3 Works Cited
684 words
(2 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Harrison Bergeron Essay - “Harrison Bergeron” is a story about Big Government forcing equality on citizens by the use of handicaps; in doing so they hold everyone back from their fullest potential. The year 2081 is oppressive to say the least; people are punished for being above average in intelligence, beauty, physical abilities or any variety of capabilities. No one is supposed to be more attractive, stronger, more intelligent or quicker than anyone else. The quest for egalitarianism is faulty; people who are born gifted are hindered by ridiculous weight bags, glasses to cause blindness and headaches, ear radios that send nerve racking noises every twenty seconds courtesy of a government transmitter and hideous mas...   [tags: Harrison Bergeron Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
969 words
(2.8 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Essay Characters in A Thief Of Time By Tony Hillerman - In A Thief of Time, Tony Hillerman's characters display perspectives of diverse cultural backgrounds. In Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn we see a shared heritage, as well as their contrasting points of view which stem from choosing different values to live by. Quite a few characters in Hillerman's book, who are not of Navajo blood, connect themselves with Navajo culture through digs, collection, and personal gain. This essay will briefly touch on the view points of three characters; Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, and Richard DuMont....   [tags: Tony Hillerman] 808 words
(2.3 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Comparing The Sick Equation by Brian patten and Long Distance by Tony Harrison - Comparing The Sick Equation by Brian patten and Long Distance by Tony Harrison In this essay I am going to compare and contrast 'The Sick Equation' by Brian Patten and 'Long Distance' by Tony Harrison. 'The Sick Equation' is about how two parent's intense arguing and general disrespect for each other had such a damaging effect on their son's thoughts, personality and life as an adult. Stanza one gives us some background information to the poem. The poet mentions the word 'school' in the opening line so we can assume he is between the ages of ten and sixteen....   [tags: Papers] 1487 words
(4.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]