Comparitive Commentary: "Being-In-Love" by Roger McGough, and "Stop All the Clocks" by W.H Auden

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Two poems, Roger McGough's "Being-In-Love", and "Stop All the Clocks" by W.H Auden, are similar and different in a variety of ways. Both poems however, share the main theme; Love. The first poem, explores the idea of 'unrequited love', while the second poem is an expression of grief for someone who has recently died.

Roger McGough's Being-In-Love, begins in the first stanza describing this person who he is in love with: "you are so very beautiful". The speaker is presumably a male, because of the choice of vocabulary used to describe this person, such as the use of the word "beautiful". This adjective is usually only used to describe a female, as males are generally described as handsome, rather than beautiful.

"Your eyes so often sadnessful, and lips so kissinspiring." In these two lines, the author has added two words that are made up, most likely because they help to describe these features of this person better than other words could, and also because they follow the rhyme scheme.

The rhyme scheme is very regular in the first stanza, and it is as follows: A, B, A, B. The rhythm is also regular in the first stanza, where each 'A' line has seven syllables, and all 'B' lines have eight syllables. The effect of this regular rhyme scheme and rhythm, is that it allows the reader to read the poem smoothly, and absorb the content while creating images in the reader's mind, of this person. The second verse is slightly different from the first one, and the topic changes to the fact that his love is not returned: "I think about my being-in-love, and touch the flesh you wear so well. I think about my being-in-love, and wish you were as well."

These next four lines express...