Telephone Conversation Poem

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How do the poems “If—”, “Telephone Conversation”, “Remember”, and three other poems present and explore conflict.
Conflict occurs everywhere, anytime, and doesn’t have to involve many people. “If—” presents the conflict between an individual and other people, which is also an individual’s conflict with society. “Telephone Conversation” presents the conflict between races in society. Both of these are examples of external conflict, which involves more than one person. “Remember”, on the other hand, showed the internal conflict of the speaker on remembering or forgetting. Minor poems used for comparison are “The Right Word” by Imtiaz Dharker which involves both forms of conflict, “Walking Away” by C-Day Lewis is a poem addressed to the poet’s
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This narrative poem focuses on the conflict between a black man and a white woman, which extends to the conflict between the two races in society. The poem is based on an incident to the poet in 1962, which is before the release of Acts on racism in Britain. “Telephone Conversation” presents external conflict like “If—” does. This poem isn’t divided into stanzas and has no rhyming or pattern in structure. A lot of descriptive vocabulary was used between the speeches, describing the internal thoughts of the black man as the story is being told from his side on the phone. The use of the unnecessary amount of adjectives and sophisticated language is used to emphasize the difference between the white woman and the black man. In looks through the imagery created and in knowledge as the choice of words suggest. The woman easily jumps to conclusions as shown in line 27, which is not what wise people do. Their fight between the two people in the poem symbolizes the conflict between the two …show more content…
The speaker proposed an idea where the landlady should “See for yourself?” at the end of the poem. It had the conflict settled for the moment by providing another option other than continuing the conflict. “The Right Word” had two conflicts present, the internal conflict of the speaker and the external conflict in the content. The internal conflict on labeling the child outside the door and to open the door or not is again temporarily resolved. But the external conflict i.e. war, isn’t provided with a solution. The resolving of conflict in “Remember” is indefinite. The speaker decided to forget and remember in turns, which doesn’t resolve the conflict, but is a solution, temporarily. The poets of these three poems didn’t provide a direct resolution to the conflict, but all gave third options that led to a temporarily resolve of

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