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Comment 50 of 610, added on April 30th, 2010 at 12:30 PM.
Comparing Heart! We will forget him! compared to another poem, looking at the elements

The Parable of the old man and the young vs. Heart! We will forget him!

Have you ever thought about how love and war compare together? By
comparing two poems you can see all the elements that make up the poem and
also the effects the elements have on the poem. In the poem “The Parable of
the Old Man and the Young” Wilfred Owen compares the parable of Abraham and
Isaac to the start of World War 1. In the poem “Heart! We Will Forget Him!”
Emily Dickenson writes about wanting to forget a man and the feelings he
had given. The two poems are similar in the metaphor and symbol, and their
free verse, but are different in the imagery, personification, and
alliteration and this causes both poems to give off different emotions.

First, the alliteration in these two poems is different because of the
‘voice’ it gives off in the poems make you feel different things. Different
letters make you have different feelings and in these two poems the
different alliteration has different effects on the overall poem. In “The
Parable of the Old Man and the Young” the alliteration occurs with ‘A’s
this is on line 10, “An Angel,” also “Abraham” occurs a lot in this poem.
The many A’s bring attention and shows emphasis on the word or phrases. In
the poem “Heart! We Will Forget Him!” The alliteration occurs with ‘W’s on
line 1, “We Will…” this gives a weepy sounds. She is sad because of the man
that left and the ‘W’s create the weepy ‘voice’ of the poem. Although,
alliteration occurs in both of these poems it is different because the
alliteration has different effects on both of the poems.

Also, the free verse in both poems is similar because of the changing
emotions through the poems. Both poems have changing emotions and the free
verse gives that feeling it also has the effect on the poems of being shaky
and not orderly. In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young” there is no
set meter because the story changes and the emotions through the poem
change. An example of this is in line 14 and 15, “Offer the Ram of pride
instead of him. But the old man would not so, but slew his son.” These
lines show the changes in the moods of the story, the positive of him not
having to kill his son then negative of him killing his son. Also in the
poem “Heart! We Will Forget Him!” The free verse changes because she wants
to forget him but then remembers the love. The meter through the poem
changes because the emotion she is showing changes. First she is upset
(torque) line 1, “Heart we will forget him.” Then iamb because she knows
she still loves him line 8, “I remember him.” This shows how the emotions
in this story make the story free verse. Both poems are similar because of
the free verse types and the effects on the poem.
Third, these poems have such a different feel to them with there imagery,
because one pictures discomfort and the other you picture joyful things.
Thanks to the way they display their imagery you can feel opposite
emotions. For poem 1 close your eyes and picture “being bond and
beat”(line 7) give the physical ora of hate discomfort and fear. I hate
being bonded it takes it makes me mad violent and want to fight back. And
for poem 2 you look deep in your heart upon the memories of life. “I will
forget the light. When you have done, pray tell me,” line 4 &5. The joys of
a companion by you to give you hope love and security. If you close your
eyes and think about “Parable” and then “Heart” they make you feel
completely and orderly different using there imagery to paint the picture
for you.

Next, due to the metaphors helping these 2 poems feel different they have
the ability to feel happy or sad. Thanks to the way they put there
metaphors theses poems felt the soul differently. In “Parable,” “The fire
and iron,” implies the binding and killing of the kid. The fire symbolize
the pain of death well the iron is bring compared to oppression. Well in
“Heart” the light is like the good and brightness “I will forget the
light,” line 4. The emotions that can be brought by love is very close to
what light does for ones body. Comparing things in this manner helps us
know if the poem gives us the filling of joy or pain.

Fifth, through the personification in these poems it is different because
the fact that “Parable” just has negative feelings to it and the other poem
has a tainted joy attached to it. With being a pacifist and having mostly
pacifistic friends we tend to have a distaste for violence, but most of us
under stand the taint to the joy of a relationship with the way our life
have been driven. For “Parable,” “ram of pride”(line 14) the ram is
representing one of mans biggest characteristic week points that leads them
to do many things. In “Heart,” “Heart! We will forget him!” line 1she tries
to have her heart and mind be as one person to force the pain from her
body. With the personification making some of humanities worse traits take
form forces us to fill the bad and good in us all.

Finally, another similarity is in the symbols of the poems and the
meanings of the symbols. In both the poems the symbols stand for ‘heavenly’
type of position. “In Heart! We Will Forget Him!” One of the symbols is
shown on line 4, “I will forget the light.” The light is referring to her
life being dark and he came into her life bringing light and goodness and
purity. In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young” one of the symbols is
found on line 10, “An Angel…” This poem is comparing World War 1 to the
story of Abraham and Isaac and the ram and the angel in the story I think
is also representing higher officer officials and how they didn’t have to
sacrifice those soldiers. The angel is like the official because it has
divine power. The two poems are similar in the symbols because the effect
on the poems is similar in the sense of both poems had sacrifice and the
symbols gave you a sense of hope then sadness. There was hope given by the
‘angel’ but the boy was still sacrificed and the ‘light’ was all the good
he brought to her but then he took it away. In these poems the symbols are
not the same but the meaning and effects are similar.

These two poems are similar in a few ways such as metaphor and symbol
while they are also different in imagery, personification, alliteration,
and meter. The metaphors are similar because they both are comparing
oppression of war or love. Next, the symbols are similar because they are
both symbolizing heavenly positive aspects. Also, it is different in
personification because in “Parable” the ram is given characteristics of
pride and in ”Heart” she gives her heart human characteristics to forget.
The alliteration also has a different feel in both poems because in
”Parable” it uses A for the alliteration cause a more bold sound and in
”Heart” the alliteration uses W’s making it a weepy sad sound. They are
also similar in the effects of their free verse because it shows the
changing emotions the characters are going through. By comparing these two
poems you get a feel for love being compared to war and they pains they
both have.

Rachel And Joe
Comment 49 of 610, added on March 29th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Singles saarland
Comment 48 of 610, added on March 5th, 2010 at 11:01 AM.

it is the most intersting poem i have ever seen

ahmed bassiony from Egypt
Comment 47 of 610, added on June 17th, 2009 at 11:41 PM.

If recollecting were forgetting,
Then I remember not;
And if forgetting ,recollecting,
How near I had forgot!
And if to miss were merry,
And if to mourn were gay,
How very blithe the fingers,
That gathered these today!
--Emily Dickinson
(Both of my love poems)

vivian from China
Comment 46 of 610, added on May 5th, 2009 at 5:37 AM.

since i saw this poem...i was too ecstatic reading this...but then i can't
get the true meaning until we tackle this poem to my english class... in
peers...by then i truely get the meaning which is.."the heart will let go
first before the mind"....which sometimes we don't agree..coz what they
said...the brain is higher than our heart therefore the brain must control
our feeling..we all have difference perspective of life...therefore we all
have different belief in life....i love the all the poems of EMILY

this also reflects on emily's love life...try to search her background and
you will understand her poems in life.....

this poem is so touching...we can't forget someone who really marked on our

azel from United States
Comment 45 of 610, added on January 12th, 2009 at 3:15 PM.

I think almost everyone can identify with this poem. And when you read it,
you picture the person. Emily Dickinson was trying to forget the pain, but
in the poem, she reminds us of our pain too. I love this poem!

emily from United States
Comment 44 of 610, added on October 16th, 2008 at 4:03 PM.

I love this poem! I had to analyze it for my English class. I didn't really
care for it that much at first, but now that I really understand it I like
it much more.

Amanda from United States
Comment 43 of 610, added on October 14th, 2008 at 10:49 PM.

wooow . It is sooo touching. While reading it, I could not stop my tears.
This poem remindes me of some of my past relations which I struggle to
forget but always miss>

Maha Aziz from Saudi Arabia
Comment 42 of 610, added on September 2nd, 2008 at 10:01 PM.

What an amazing poem! It really touches my deep heart, but i still wonder
how we could forget those who once gave us warmth and love, those impressed
us so deeply. We can try to forget but at some unexpected moment we will
still miss them from the bottom of heart. That feeling is so strong that
you feel like your heart bleeding. Yes we are keeping bleeding as in the
song sung by Leona Lewis. This is called Bleeding Love.

Comment 41 of 610, added on May 31st, 2008 at 8:53 AM.

we looooooooove this poem soooo much! first we hated poetry, but now we're
addicted to this poem. it helps us in bad times! often we read it for each
other in times of trouble. and it makes us feel better, because it's
soooooooooo deep !
sometimes we don't go to school, and we stay home, so we can read this poem
all day long! its just the best poem of the world!
oh my god its so amazing, how someone can write something this beautifull.
we didnt know this was possible!
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Lenneke & Marissa from Netherlands

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 47. Heart! We will forget him!
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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