The Themes of Loss and Isolation in Looking for Dad and the Sick Equation by Brian as Well as Long Distance by Tony Harrison

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The Themes of Loss and Isolation in Looking for Dad and the Sick Equation by Brian as Well as Long Distance by Tony Harrison

When exploring poems it is clear to see that there are many analytical and poetic devices used to emphasise meaning and theme throughout the verses. The 3 poems that employ examples of this are 'Looking for dad' and 'The sick equation' by Brian Patten and 'Long distance' by Tony Harrison. There are many different ways to express feelings through the use of poetry and the main feature in the 3 of these poems is Loss and isolation. This relates to the poet's personal feelings and emotion towards major influences in their lives and how they have affected them in many different ways.
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In the sick equation Brian Patten uses oxymoron's to explain his situation further, 'raw cocoon of parental hate', the raw makes you think of red fleshy uncovered wounds which is perhaps how he feels about the family's relationship, cocoon however demonstrates how he is caught up in the fighting between his parents and is enclosed in the trap of love of which he cannot escape. 'I grew-or-did not grow' is a line in 'The Sick Equation' describes as he felt. The consequences of the horror he witnessed at home left him physically, a grown man, but mentally he was still a small boy.

Brian Patten isolated himself from everyone as he thought that if he were to venture into a relationship it would mirror that of his parents and end up in divorce, which meant he was very lonely

Throughout the poem, Patten expresses his anger by using strong words such as 'raw', 'hate' and 'pain'. He is angry at his parent's influence on him as it has left him a helpless man with no one to love.

Starting on verse 19 Patten uses metaphors to explain how he feels about relationships 'one among the many whose dreams of flight weighed down the soul, and kept it down' 'because to the flightless the dream of flights an anguish'

Patten makes many references to flight and flying in the poem because when you think of flying, you imagine a lone person, high in

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