Compare and Contrast of Goldsm 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 (O.G.) and The Village by George Crabbe (G.C.) 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 (O.G.
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 (O.G. 395-398).
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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 in these lines: No; cast by Fortune on a frowning coast, Which neither groves nor happy valleys boast (G.C. 49-50).
The tone in Goldsmiths poem is happiness, which turns into devastation. In Crabbes poem, devastation is seen throughout. Imagery and setting is similar in both of these poems as well. The setting is of English rural life with plains, hills, and a never-failing brook. The population is of farmers and independent, poor peasants living in small villages and raising food on small holdings.
Both poems talk about cottages, plains, valleys, brooks, and villages of poor peasants. The season seems to be spring. Its a time of growth and new beginnings, with the rural life and with the agricultural revolution. The view on rural life is another difference between The Deserted Village and The Village. Goldsmith and Crabbe were both born in a rural atmosphere. Goldsmith was born in Ireland and his poem focuses on the idealization of English rural life. Crabbe was born into poverty in a small town, so he knew the degrading effect of hopeless poverty. Through these poems, Goldsmith talks about positive memories of rural life and Crabbe focuses on the negative aspects of rural life.
Goldsmith tells of a memory in England of how a man use to be: A time there was, ere Englands griefs began, When every rood of ground maintained its man; For him light labor spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more: His best companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance of wealth (O.G. 57-62).
An example of Crabbes view on realism and gloom during this rural time is as follows: Theirs is yon house that holds the parish poor, Whose walls of mud scarce bear the broken door; There, where the putrid vapors, flagging, play, And the dull wheel hums doleful through the day- There children dwell, who know no parents care; Parents, who know no childrens love dwell there (G.C. 227-232).
The name of my village is Balabhadrapur. It is situated on the bank of the Brahmani. My village is separated from other villages by the main river on one side and by its tributary on two other sides. The village is very old and has a number of special features. Although it faces flood every year, the geographical feature of the village has not altered. It is believed that Lord Balabhadra who is ...
Through these quotes, one can see how Goldsmith respected the rural life and Crabe disliked it greatly. The Deserted Village and The Village are two remarkable poems of the eighteenth century that focuses on rural life. Goldsmith emphasizes how rural life was good and Crabbe emphasizes how rural life is not as good as a wealthy life. Through examples and quotes, one can see the similarities and the differences between these two poems.
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..