The Theme of Jorneying in For A Journey by Alan Brownjohn and To The Virginian Voyage by Michael Drayton

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The Theme of Jorneying in For A Journey by Alan Brownjohn and To The Virginian Voyage by Michael Drayton "The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do." 'Journey' is an encompassing word. The connotations of the word "journey" are:- trying to get from one place to another, going somewhere different to where you usually go, an adventure, a journey can be life itself. It is said that many people are afraid and prevented from life and they feel this because of fears they experience along the journey. The biggest fear of all can be the fear of change. My purpose in this assignment is to explore the theme of "journeying" in two poems of my choice, paying particular attention to how the poets choices of structure, language and content help convey his/her message. At least one poem should have been written before 1900 and at least one after 1900. These are the poems I have chosen: 'For a journey' by Alan Brownjohn (written after 1900) and 'To the Virginian voyage' by Michael Drayton (written before 1900). Brownjohn outlines and advocates the endurance of the simple, expedient names, these are stylistic devices, which farmers/individuals have allocated to the land they know in his poem 'For a Journey'. He is dismissive of the limitations of maps which he seems to feel don't fully capture the essence of these liveotin lands and he issues a very clear warning about the wisdom of exploring unchartered, remotely and as he suggests, uninviting, alien territory. The poem was written in the context of the twentieth century, an era of a phenomenally hepatic pace of life and of change. It was a time of turmoil, a time of great innovatio... ... middle of paper ... ...against venturing into the unknown; while 'To the Virginian Voyage' encourages us to know and learn more. 'For a Journey' advocates valuing the life and land that is known. 'To the Virginian Voyage' by Michael Drayton advocates change and "soil" literally promises here that the grass is greener on the other side. The challenge raised in 'For a Journey' is to stay with what is known and make changes where one is, rather than go to another place and try to change others. In 'For a Journey', the fear to be overcome is the fear of change, when one is content with what is "known". Both poems challenge their readers and both raise issues of confidence. I think Alan Brownjohn's 'For a Journey' is best as it appeals to me more than 'To the Virginian Voyage', as I don't like to go to foreign lands and journey too far from home.

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