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
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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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