A Narrow Fellow in the Grass and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace A Compare and Contrast

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A compare and contrast poetry essay.

Submitted: June 06, 2010

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There are many different elements in poetry that writers use to make their poems interesting and appealing. These elements are easy to identify and the meaning behind them is very intriguing. We are going to be discussing the similarities and differences between two poems to find the meaning behind the elements. One of the poems is called “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” by Emily Dickinson. The other is titled “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace ”by Richard Brautigan. These two poems have little in common, the only similarity being that neither poem has onomatopoeia, but their use of imagery, similes, tone, personification, and alliteration.
The first reason why the poems are different is their use of imagery. These poems are different because in “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” the imagery conveys the feeling of feeling cold and dark. In “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” it portrays a hopeful sense through the picture it paints. In “A Narrow fellow in the Grass,” it states on line 10 “Too cool for corn.” This paints a cold and dark picture through the tactile sense, giving the poem a darker feeling. On the other hand in “All Watched over by machines of loving grace”it says on line 3 “Cybernetic Meadow.” This is an image given through vision, a vision of a meadow filled with computers, which is hopeful. To conclude, the imagery present in each of these poems is very different based on the fact that one gives off a hopeful vibe while the other is darker.
The next difference in the poems is the similes. These poems are very different because “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” gives more of a creepy, sneaky feeling to where “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” gives you more of a harmonious feeling. In line 5 of “A narrow fellow in the Grass,” it says “The grass divides as with a comb.” This gives a strange feeling considering what seems like a snake is slithering through the grass. In lines 7-8 of the first poem it says “Like pure water touching the sky.” This gives me a more peaceful feeling because it is a positive comparison mainly trying to communicate the message of two harmonious things. Obviously these two poems have very different meanings behind the both of them.
In addition, another difference is tone. In “A Narrow fellow in the Grass,” it would give a feeling of sadness where to in “All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace,” it give more of a feeling of hope. In “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” on lines 21-24 it says
“But I never met this fellow,
Attended or alone,
Without a tighter breathing,
And zero at the bone.”
This gives the reader a depressed feeling and when it says zero at the bone it gives the feeling of emptiness. In “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” on lines 22-25 it says:
“Returned to our mammal
Brothers and sisters,
And all watched over
by machines of loving grace”
This gives off a sense of hope because we as humans are being watched over and it conveys a feeling safety. This proves that the poems are different because the tone of one is sadness while the other gives off a sense of hope.
Another reason why the two poems are very different is their use of Personification. A Narrow Fellow In the Grass uses it`s imagery to describe living things, while in all watched over by machines of loving grace, the poet describes inanimate objects. An example is in Emily Dickinson`s poem A narrow Fellow in the grass,  line 9: “He likes a boggy acre” In the poem, the creature can be described as a living being, as it constantly moves. In Richard Brautigan`s poem All watched over by machines of loving Grace has An example of its imagery in lines 24 and 25, the last two lines: And all watched over by machines of loving machines of loving grace. These lines give a sense of compassion to what would normally be emotionless machines. These examples prove that the two poems are different due to the fact that both of the poems` personifications are given to different things, living and nonliving.
Another reason why the two poems are completely different is their use of alliteration. One poems has a constant consonant sound throughout the first stanzas, and the other does not.In A Narrow Fellow in the Grass, the first stanza has many different words with the S sound in them. An example is of course, the first stanza:
A narrow fellow in the grass
Occasionally rides;
You may have met him,--did you not,
His notice sudden is.
 This stanza has occasional S sounds that give the feeling of a snake. In Richard Brautigan`s poem All watched over by machines of loving Grace,there is no alliteration in it whatsoever. This proves that the two poems are very different because one poem has one alliteration in a sever case, while the other poem doesn`t.
Lastly the only thing that the poems have in common is their use of Onomatopoeia. In A Narrow Fellow in the Grass there is not a single word that is made up, not a single described sound affect, save the alliteration described earlier. The same can be said for All watched over by machines of loving Grace; it too has no made up words or described sound effects. This proves that the two poems are only alike in one matter, and that is the fact that neither use Onomatopoeia.
In the end, the two poems Narrow Fellow in the Grass and All watched over by machines of loving Grace have little in common, with the exception of Onomatopoeia. They are different in their use of Imagery. They don`t have any similar similes. They don`t use personification in the same manner. One uses Alliteration and the other does not. They both don`t use Onomatopoeia. And their tones are very opposite. The two poems demonstrate that poetry is used for different reason depending on the author. So, for the people who think that all poetry is the same, should compare these poems, there opposite demeanor is sure to change their mind.



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