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Other than the contrasting portrayal of emotional connotations (negative and positive), both poets have dissimilar illustrations of the language and form within their poems. Within On Myself, Finch uses gustatory, kinaesthetic and visual imagery to create a picture of her thoughts and feelings. Using the word ‘taste’, the gustatory imagery is depictive of the opportunities the speaker of the poem is able to ‘taste.’ Within this context, the ‘taste’ is not literal but a physical depiction of her position in life. (Finch, 7)The emphasis of the ‘p’ in the alliteration of ‘pleasures and praise and plenty’ contrasts to the emphasis Hopkins puts on the ‘b’ in ‘blood brimmed.'(Finch, 5) (Hopkins, 11) With links to the positive imagery referenced earlier, Finch’s speaker is suggestive of the optimistic feelings she has ‘with me’, in comparison to the deathly as well as self-enforced imagery depicted by Hopkins’ speaker. (Finch, 5) Once again, reinforcing that it is his ‘blood’ which is the cause for his ‘curse’ and he is the ultimate reason for his emotional downfall. (Hopkins, 11) Hopkins uses an image of baking to portray the effort he puts in, and how this effort  is not being reaped and is not ultimately effective, ‘Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough.'(Hopkins, 12) Not only does the use of ‘dull’ reinforce the emotional condition of the speaker, but the lack of space between self and yeast implies the attachment between the speaker’s actions and the speaker himself. (Hopkins, 12) This creates a further understanding of the speaker being the cause of his own concern. This idea counteracts the space between the ‘my’ and ‘self’ within Finch’s poem, where the space emphasises how the speaker is truly on herself in terms of her status within society, and how only she can progress on her own. (Finch, 9) Evidently, the space within the line is ironic as the speaker is content with herself even with the troubles she must overcome on her own, but the lack of space in Hopkins’ poem creates a reluctant attachment between the speaker and his emotional troubles. However, there are also similarities between these factors, as this portrayal is symbolic in how the speakers of both poems can only face their obstacles truly by themselves. In addition, the representation of light and dark in both poems is relevant in portraying both speakers’ relationship with God. The first line of Hopkins’ poem is enough to display the speaker’s religious battle with himself and God. The speaker does not feel the light which comes with the new day, but the darkness of the night instead, ‘I wake and feel the feel of dark, not day.'(Hopkins, 1) The lack of light is representative of the absence of God in the speaker’s life, to such an extent where a day takes the emotional toll of the gloom and melancholy of the night instead. In contrast, Finch’s speaker is accepting of both ‘the sun’ and ‘the shade’, to such an extent that she feels ‘blessed.'(Finch, 11-12) This supports the idea of the speaker’s relationship with God being so strong that she is accepting of either the positions of the ‘sun’ or ‘shade’ as she knows it is God’s way of showing care and understanding. (Finch, 11-12)

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