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There are only a few similarities between Afternoons by Philip Larkin and Churning Day by Seamus Heaney These feature mainly in the structure of the two poems They both use enjambment for the whole length of the poem with just one end-stopped line present in each Enjambment gives both poems a sense of continuous movement This is appropriate in Churning Day as it represents the motion of the person churning the butter It also makes the voice of Churning Day sound out of breath as if they are breathing in the middle of sentences also suitable as they have just slugged and thumped for hours The sense of motion is appropriate in Afternoons as the poem is about transience from childhood love and innocence to marriage and the hassles and mundane nature of everyday life Although there is no rhyme scheme in either poem Philip Larkin uses many words such as bordering lying and pushing with the same endings This is used as a rhyme scheme not only to keep the poem flowing but also to add a sense of monotony that now prevails in the womens lives As the poem flows more it makes it sound like Larkins own thoughts as he observes these young motherssetting free their children The lack of rhyme scheme is used to give the reader the impression of free flowing thought or speech again in Churning Day This is appropriate as it is a memory It is clear that it is a happy memory for Heaney as he can remember so much of it and although he remembers the acrid stench of the house after churning day he talks of the butter as gold flecks and coagulated sunlight which are pleasant and fond memories It was a happy memory as the family got together to help as his mother took first turn and he talks of more people saying we moved and our brains thus showing a
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