“Change” – Judith and Holofernes

Miroslav Holub’s Poem ‘The Door’ and David Herbert Lawrence’s Poem ‘Bat’, explore the idea of change being positive and negative, respectively.
In the poem ‘Bat’, Lawrence puts the reader into the poem so the calmness of the romantic Italian setting “the tired flower of Florence” can be felt. Assonance “brown” and “surrounding” is used to back up the imagery of peacefulness. His use of ellipses enables the reader to reflect upon the beauty and nature of Italy. His wide use of alliteration of the letter ‘s’ allows the reader to connect with the flow of the swallows and the romantic scene.
He uses short sentences and exclamation to quickly change the mood, when suddenly he remembers “The swallows are flying so late!” He questions “Swallows?,” using direct speech. The mood quickly changes with words like “Dark” and “shudder”. The metaphorical “changing guard” and “the swallows gave way to bats” keeps his view that the swallows where originally there. There is a certain sadness of loss “Like a glove … at the light”, where he is remorseful that such darkness could disturb the light in metaphorical terms. His description of bats “Black piper … wildly vindictive” are undermining of bats. He uses “Creatures that … upside down” to describe the bats with separate objects, and then again uses “disgusting” and “old rags” together in the same nature as the previous stanza, emphasising his hate of bats. He remarks, they are “not for me” in the end.
On the other hand, in the poem ‘The Door’, Miroslav Holub expresses his feelings, that change can be positive, by instituting a positive outcome when the reader goes “and open[s] the door”, using directed language. It is based on the idea of taking risks and comprehending change. Throughout the poem, Holub uses a conversational tone, along with the use of “maybe” behind every idea proposed, giving a certain unknown characteristic to the change. In the first stanza, he describes a natural change, as if there is only one of.