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Comparisons and Contrasts of Ethics by Linda Pastan and 3510 by Sharon Olds The poems Ethics and 3510 by Linda Pastan and Sharon Olds are surprisingly alike Each poem tells a story with the speaker being the author She speaks directly to the audience Although the number of lines differ the appearance and length of each line and the appearance of each poem as a whole is very similar The tones are similar since both are reflective and somewhat pensive The language and diction in both poems are simple and understandable The authors interest is telling her story and that is evident Sharon Olds poem 3510 is a narrative poem about a mothers realization that she is aging as her daughter is blooming The mother is the speaker which is also the author and she speaks directly to the audience The tone is admiring maternal pensive reflective and nostalgic It is structured as an 18 line poem each line being of almost equal length The fact of there being 18 lines may symbolize youth as the age 18 is the prime of ones youth The movement of the poem is very fluid Its chronological flow takes the audience from the beginning when the mother notices her daughter to where she wonders why they bloom as mothers begin to wilt to finally understanding that it is to replace the mother The title simply represents the ages the mother being 35 and the daughter being 10 The diction helps emphasize the difference between the mother and daughter Words such as gray silver dry pitting and dud represents the mother while silken flower full and round represent the daughter There is imagery that helps the audience see the difference as well as the mother in the mirror For example in lines 9-10 she opens like a small pale flower on the tip of a cactus or last chances to bear a child are falling through my
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