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diff in Stafford and Mckuen

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Scarlett Hood 1/6/11 B3 The two poems, Traveling through the Dark by William Stafford and Thoughts on Capital Punishment by Rod McKuen, contain different tones and release different catharsizes. The poem, Thoughts on Capital Punishment, expresses a tone of anger and the poem, Traveling through the Dark , expresses a tone of seriousness. McKuen offers up the worst punishment known to man, capital punishment, for the crime of carelessly murdering the helpless animals wondering in the dark. He describes this offense as being an “unspeakable, unpardonable crime.” The speaker believes that there is nothing worse than this crime and he is angry that there is no
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Unformatted text preview: punishment. The speaker in Stafford’s poem has come across a problem that has caused him to make two life-altering decisions. The first decision is whether he should move the deer and the second decision is if he should save the deer’s baby and embed himself with responsibility for the deer. Stafford’s poem comes across as a more serious poem because it has life decisions and it is something that could happen to anyone, so it has a serious tone and catharsis. McKuen’s poem releases a less serious catharsis. The speaker does give the poem an angry tone but to the reader, the poem just comes across as a comical topic....
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