Heaney Follower Poem

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The permanence of various human traits' aftereffects has been an open discussion for poets as much as it has been for numerous people. Seamus Heaney's "Follower" focuses on leadership's impact, an attribute that is temporary; whereas in "One Art" Elizabeth Bishop demonstrates the impact of contentment, a trait that is permanent over time, and additionally can become more solid as time goes on. Both poets use archetypes to enhance the two attributes' level of perpetuation, but Bishop's usage of physical space contrasts with Heaney's usage in terms of clarity and variety to support the traits' degree of coherence. In addition, the alteration between tenses in both poems establishes the change of point view as well as the coherence of each poem's consistency and permanency. Structurally, both poets use the physical form to intensify their idea of the level of permanence that…show more content…
In "Follower", Bishop used the tense's shift between the past for the first five stanzas to present continuous at the last stanza in order to demonstrate the inheritance of Leadership from the father to the son. That alteration shows how Leadership can be moved from one person to another with the huge possibility of losing that trait, which emphasizes the temporariness of that trait. Whereas for "One Art", Heaney used the imperative tense at the first three stanzas to let the speaker force the experience of losing concretes into the person that speaker speaks to, then shifted to the past tense to show the person that the speaker talks about the hard experience that occurred and how contentment played a huge role in helping the speaker go through them without its disappearance or inheritance to another person. The usage of tenses in both poems effectively displays the level of permanence for each trait that each poet

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