Comparative Poetry Analysis
Lauren Burden, Hour 2
When it comes to poems, nature is practically a goldmine of creative ideas and imagery. This is why there are so many poems about this topic, and all of which treat nature and it's forces differently. Take for instance, "Problems with Hurricanes," and "Prayer to the Pacific," two poems about nature that are very different in presentation and meaning.
Tone and Word Choice
In "Problems with Hurricanes," the author respects the power of the storm and takes it very seriously, except in stanza 2, where he pokes fun at how odd this particular death is to lighten the mood. In "Prayer to the Pacific," the author talks to the ocean like a friend in line 11. She respects it, and genuinely cares for it. In fact, her entire poem is meant to be read as a prayer, slow and respectful.
In "Problems with Hurricanes," the whole poem is meant to be a metaphor for the dangers of life, and how the things we think are harmless might end up being the most dangerous. "Prayer to the Pacific," is chock full of personification, in lines 10, 12-14, 22, and 31. And to top it of, there's a simile in line 5.
Form and Structure
"Problems with Hurricanes" is a free-verse poem, with uneven stanza's and short and long lines, in lines 14, 19, and 28. "Prayer to the Pacific" has a wave shape, with random line spacing and some one word lines. Its also a free-verse poem with no stanza's.