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A Study of Two Poems of the Same Theme

Summary: The poems "The Almond Tree" by Jon Stallworthy and "An Abortion" by Liz Lochhead address themes of birth, death, and regeneration. Both poems use wonderful imagery and highly effective language in describing the poets' experiences and conveying their feelings. Whereas Lochhead provides an arguably feminist perspective in describing the pain women feel when they lose a child, Stallworthy provides a masculine perspective in describing his distress over his son's having been diagnosed with Downs syndrome.
In the poems, `The Almond Tree' by Jon Stallworthy and `An Abortion' by Liz Lochhead both poets deal with the theme of birth and death and regeneration. Both poets are writing from their own experiences but there is a significant difference between the two poems. Lochhead is writing from a women's point of view, and focuses on the pain women feel when they lose their children, and the poem could be considered a feminist poem, whilst Stallworthy is writing from a masculine perspective and focuses on the pain he, as a father, felt when his baby son was diagnosed with Downs syndrome.

In `An Abortion' Lochhead is clearly drawing on an event she has witnessed and therefore we can assume that the `voice' of the poem is the poet's own. The poem is about the aborted birth of a calf and the terrible distress that the cow experiences...

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