Part 2. Project 3. Exercise 1

For this exercise I am to read extracts from three poems; ‘The Herefordshire Landscape’ by Elizabeth Browning, ‘Slough’ by John Betjeman and ‘The Lost Land’ by Eavan Boland.

I am then to answer the following questions;

Which one…

  • Speaks about the place in relation to identity and exile?
  • Purely evokes a sense of place?
  • Makes a social comment about progress and place?

‘The Herefordshire Landscape’ by Elizabeth Browning.

This is my choice for ‘Which one purely evokes a sense of place?’. I chose this because within the excerpt there are only descriptions of sights and smells which relate to the subject.

‘Slough’ by John Betjeman

This is my choice for ‘Which one makes a social comment about progress and place?’. I chose this because within the excerpt there are several refences t the social situation at the time. It is clear that it is set during the war whilst Slough was being bombed. The food convoys were being attacked by the enemy so the country was highly reliant on preserved food. Living under conditions such as these affects peoples mental health which is being alluded to with the last line ‘tinned minds, tinned breath’.

‘The Lost Land’ by Eavan Boland

This is my choice for ‘Which one speaks about place in relation to identity and exile’. I chose this because of the language used by the poet. The excerpt speaks of leaving a loved land, of comparisons between that land and family.

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