Poems Comparison

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After reading both “Fall” and “Canvas of Encouragement” I found many differences in their tone. They also are different in many other ways but, the tone is the most important aspect of their differences. The poem “Fall” centers around a child playing in the fall, which leaves the reader with feelings of youthfulness and warmth. It goes to great lengths to give the reader an image of that time of year. “Canvas of Encouragement” centers around an artist without inspiration and out of time. The author of “Canvas of Encouragement” tries to give the reader a sense of helplessness. While different in tone, both of the poems are excellent in their execution of different techniques. The poem “Fall” by Ivy Tech Student Cynthia Long painted a very familiar picture of the fall. She makes the poem have a very warm feeling about it early on, mentioning the colors of the leaves golden-yellow, brown, and orange. Cynthia continues her playful imagery by telling us she jumped in the leaves and tells about her father raking them on top of their, suggesting a child-like innocence. Her explanation of stomping on leaves just to hear them crunch only strengthens her playful nature of the poem because almost every person has done this as a child.Also, the usage of the word “crunch” and describing the pile of leaves as “crisp” makes us almost hear the leaves crumbling. Another poem “Canvas of Encouragement” by Rebecca Hancock paints a much different picture, or doesn't. This poem is much more adult and serious, centered around a blank canvas and someone who is unable to find the inspiration to paint. The first line makes the reader feel very empty and hollow, using the words blank and empty, which describe the canvas. The second line mentions the painter hanging his head down to cry. “[...] the pendulum broke/as it falls you watch time fly”(3-4) seems to indicate that the…...

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