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Sarah Ajdarodini Dr Shipmann Eng 261 December 14 2000 Compare and Contrast of Goldsmiths The Deserted Village and Crabbes The Village The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith OG and The Village by George Crabbe GC are two remarkable poems of the eighteenth century Both of the poems are similar and different in many ways The theme of The Deserted Village is luxury verses rural virtue Goldsmith opposes the increase in wealth and the growth of cities The theme of The Village is also luxury verses rural life but Crabbe is for luxury and opposes all the aspects of rural life during this century The Deserted Village by Goldsmith and The Village by Crabbe are two poems that contain many aspects that are similar and different such as the style of writing tone imagery and the views on rural life The style of these two poems is very similar Both poems are in heroic verse with rhymed couplets The tone in The Deserted Village and The Village is very much different The tone in Goldsmiths poem is very happy and pleasant For example in the beginning the tone is exciting and lively as seen here Sweet Auburn loveliest village of the plain Where health and plenty cheered the laboring swain Where smiling spring its earliest visit paid OG 1-3 Although at the beginning of Goldsmiths poem it is very happy and pleasant at the end he talks about death the cities growing and the rural life ending The tone towards the end is gloomy and sad An example is as follows Even now the devastation is begun And half the business of destruction done Even now methinks as pondering here I stand I see the rural Virtues leave the land OG 395-398 The tone in Crabbes poem The Village is opposite of Goldsmiths The Deserted Village The tone in Crabbes poem is scornful angry and gloomy throughout An example of unhappiness is
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