Both of the voices in the poem and in the song seem to be from a nonexistent source. In the
voice of the song, the voice claims that it is the voice in the wind and pouring rain and
commands the power of Mother Nature. Hence, it’s less likely that it is from a human. The
voice in the poem is a hallucination of the speaker, as the speaker misses his loved one so
much that he reminisced the past when he was still with his loved one and the voice from
her. This voice gradually fades away as the speaker slowly steps back into reality.
The voice in the song is enchanting, and seems to be like a chant or prayer. It seems to be
influencing one’s mind into believing that the source of the voice is superior and wants one
to look up to her. The usage of soft consonant makes the poem smoother, more alluring and
hence more feminine. There are also rhyming words such as rain and pain, blow and grow,
gone and long makes the song more harmonious and further emphasise that it’s a woman
voice and also makes the song more enchanting. The tone of the voice(song) is calm but
powerful as it describes itself like a god figure, commanding the powers of nature. Hence, it
can be seen that the voice in the song seems to be encouraging a certain someone facing
difficulties in life and trying to lead the way. The voice in the song seems to be hope. This is
so as hope is there even if the situation might seem bleak, hope is there.(I am the Voice in
the fields when the summer's gone/ Answer my call and I'll set you free). By describing it as
a voice, it shows that it is like a form of encouragement to everyone when they are in trouble
and that they should believe that there’s hope. By describing in a powerful manner, it allows
the reader to believe in hope. The voice in the poem is however, the opposite the voice in
the song. It is the voice from the speaker’s dead loved one and that she is no longer there. It
shows that there’s no hope as there will be no chance that his loved one will revive and
come back to him. The tone of the speaker in the poem is also weak and submissive which
further contributes to the bleak situation in the poem.
The voice in the song, which is hope, seems to be highlighting the issue of problems that are
faced by everyone, which is failure and loss and that there will always be hope no matter
how difficult the situation is. The persona in the poem however, deals with loss and
separation and thus, is more personal as it describes the speaker reminiscing and trying to
get over the death of his loved one. On the other hand, the issue in the song is more general
as not all believe in hope.
The persona in the song is addressing the person who is facing difficulties. The voice is
there to encourage the person and that the voice will lead the person. The voice describes
itself as a powerful figure so as to convince the person to not give up and that hope will lead
the way. The emotions are strong as it gives a sense of hope. The use of powerful phrases
such as ‘Answer my call and I'll set you free.' And ‘I am the Voice of the future’ makes the
cause of the voice more convincing and powerful. The use of repetition in “i am the voice”
puts the voice as the central theme and makes it powerful and also gives it a sense of
superiority. The use of nature elements ‘The dance of the leaves when the autumn winds
blow’ also makes the voice impactful and mighty.
The persona in the song is addressing his wife/loved one, whom he had lost. The emotions
expressed are immense sadness as the author misses his loved one, going back to the days
when his loved one is still there with him. When he came back to reality, he realised that his
loved one would never come back. In the poem, the use of caesura(eg. Woman much missed,
how you call to me, call to me,) makes it sound as if the speaker is thinking and processing his
thoughts. It also sounds like the speaker is stumbling throughout the thought process and
thinking about the past, when his wife was still with him. The use of rhyme (town, gown and
forward,norward)adds on to the happiness the speaker had when he thought about the
happy times he had with his wife. Moreover, rhetorical questions such as “Heard no more again
far or near?” puts emphasis on the emptiness the speaker feels without his lover with him
and adds on to the heavy and sad mood of the poem. It also allows the reader to feel the
affection and love of the speaker towards his lover.
In conclusion, both voices are just hallucinations of the speaker but are able to create a deep
impact on the persona. One of which is due to the use of nature to describe its powers to
make it convincing and mighty while the other is because of a past that creates the voice.
The importance of the two voices is highlighted as in a bleak situation, one would yearn for
help and the voice in the song is the help that many yearn for. The voice in the poem is part
of the persona’s past with his loved one and is thus an important part of his life.
Reflection on learning
I have learnt to compare songs and poems(which is rather new) and to look at songs at a
different perspective. This comparison allows me to think more critically and to apply literary
techniques on songs too. I have also learnt that though songs and poems can be written
differently, both convey deep meanings that is needed to be inferred.