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In “The rich eat three full meals”, the opening line “the rich eat three full meals, the poor two small bowls” is to draw the reader’s attention to the contrast in our society. it shows that it is very divided and unfair that, because you have more money, whether you inherited it or worked for it, you are therefore healthier and get a better quality of life.
A similarity in how the poets present attitudes to the world is that they both talk about how simplicity is what really matters and you don’t need expensive possessions to be happy. “my paintings are mountains and rivers all around me”. This suggests that the poor person sees the nature around them as art as it is so beautiful and so it shows that you shouldn’t have to spend money on an expensive painting to admire nature’s beauty and you could just go outside and appreciate the nature and the beauty of it which is better than a painting.
In “How to leave the world that worships should” it says “let junkmail build its castles”. This implies that, as junkmail is not important enough to be spending valuable time sorting through, you should spend that time doing something productive and enjoying life because life is short and you should use your time wisely. also, castles are things that people look at and appreciate, so this could imply that nobody would judge someone if they didn’t sort through their junkmail.
Both poems are trying to get across the fact that people take life for granted and they only care about materialistic things instead of appreciating the world.
In the poem ‘The Rich Eat Three Full Meals’ the poet presents peace and tranquility as something to be appreciated and desired rather than it being something you must or should do. “But peace is what matters…I rest at night, rest easy.” From this quotation we can infer that the person in the poem is neither consumed by deadlines or technology, but in fact prioritizes being peaceful as they appreciate how it gives you a feeling of euphoria rather than stress. In ‘How to Leave the World that Worships Should’ peace is only obtained by stopping everything and taking a break to focus on whats important should be prioritized. The poet Ros Barber wants the reader to think about their life and think do they stop and take a moment to appreciate what is around them or do they too, solely focus on their deadlines and technology.
Another similarity within the two poems is that they could be referring to the afterlife as well as living. In ‘The Rich Eat Three Full Meals’, the last line appears to be symbolic in a reference to heaven and therefore could the poem be talking about some form of afterlife. “And enjoying Heaven’s heaped-up favours.” From this quotation we can infer that the poet may be describing an afterlife ‘paradise’ where people focus on peace, no more jobs, tasks and work they have to do because they have lived that life and now all they require is peace. The phrase “heaped-up favours” could be inferring that when a person was living, they suffered a bad life and now all that surrounds them is peace; so in a way ‘Heaven’ is repaying them or owing them this favour.
In ‘How to Leave the World that Worships Should’, they suddenly change the subject focus in the poem. Also the poet is constantly telling the reader to ‘let’ something to do this or that on its own. “Above, the sky unrolls its telegram, immense and wordless, simply understood. From this quotation it could be suggesting that the sky or heaven is opening up to let this person in and for them to just ‘let’ go of everything. “You’ve made your mark” suggest that now this persons time is up and that they will be remembered even if they go/leave.
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