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AS and A Level: Comparative Essays
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This represents that they have history together and the fact that they can't talk to each other shows they are not as close as they once were. The use of the word 'emblem' symbolises the relationship between two people which is shown by the act of lying in bed together. It may also refer to what is supposed to be ideal, which is being together, however this is overshadowed by the ordinary and mundane life that they lead, therefore 'emblem' is ironic as Larkin is actually describing the opposite of this idea.
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Midas tells the untold story of the well-known Greek myth King Midas, who is miraculously, granted the wish of turning everything he touches into gold. As with all the poems in The World's Wife, the title is a clear giveaway of what the poem is about to entail, and this is no different. Mrs. Midas, the wife of King Midas is the persona of this particular monologue and here she voices her thoughts on her husband's newfound ability. "The kitchen filled with the smell of itself."
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The ultimate isolation, death is a common theme in many of Dickinson's work. In poems such as "I Died for Beauty," "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died," and "The Chariot," she shares her dark, yet optimistic views on death. Dickinson shows truth and reality; the true nature of God, and the state of the soul. As a result of separating herself from others' beliefs, Emily Dickinson led a lonely life and this is thoroughly demonstrated in her poetry.
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In what ways, and how, does Elizabeth Barrett Browning convey deep and eternal love in the poem How Do I Love Thee? from the Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII?
This poem was written when she was forty years old and she writes with a certain innocence, mixed with a mature, womanly outlook. Elizabeth Barrett Browning secretly married Robert Browning, who was six years her junior and the two set out for Italy to escape her domineering father. The poem "How Do I Love Thee?" is part of a sequence written by Barrett Browning during this period of her life and the poem is a declaration of love to her new husband.
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I have decided to look at 'God's Grandeur' by G.M Hopkins, 'Death be Not Proud' by John Donne and also 'Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day' by William Shakespeare. The reasons the poems were wrote and also the time
The two main forms of the sonnet are the Petrarchan and Shakespearean. Petrarchan is split into two stanzas an octave followed by a sestet with the sestet being used to reflect or sum up the octave of the sonnet. In contrast, the Shakespearian style of sonnet was to divide the 14 lines into three quatrains and a couplet but like the Petrarchan style, it has the change in emphasis, although it is a shorter couplet used for summing the sonnet up. This poem 'Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day?' is one of Shakespeare's most famous sonnet and also one of his finest, throughout the centuries since Shakespeare wrote the sonnet
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But, by reading and studying the texts we can see there are many themes in common. Both texts focus very strongly on the themes of growing up and facing disappointment. Norris describes the boy's disappointment when his parents are arguing and Heaney uses it when he discovers the rotten berries. So in this way and many others the texts content and themes are similar even though the texts were written at different places and by two very different authors. In the poem 'Blackberries' Heaney portrays his memories of his childhood. The poem is set out in two stanzas with no apparent rhymes scheme.
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The poem's 'I am not that women' by Kishwar Naheed and 'women work' by mayo Angelou show the struggles of two black women from different cultures. Compare and contrast the two women's experiences.
'I am not that women' is a poem by Kishwar Naheed, it displays the issues of discrimination against women and how men treated them. The title of this poem is a strong positive sentence ' I am not that women' she (whether it be the poet or a made up women) is not the usual women who is treated harshly by men, she is the women who is going to stand up for the right of equal-ness! This gives the poem a bit of authority at the start.
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The lives and works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson may be different in many ways, but there are existential treads that bind these two people together by similarities.
This poem was ?The Battle of Marathon? (?Elizabeth Barrett Browning?). ?Elizabeth experienced her first sorrow in 1828 when her mother Mary suddenly died? (?Elizabeth Barrett Browning?). ?By the time Elizabeth had moved to London, her health was poor and she suffered from a spinal injury and shown signs of a lung condition but was never diagnosed? (?Elizabeth Barrett Browning?). However in these conditions Elizabeth never seemed to give up her love for poetry. Shortly after Elizabeth?s brother, Edward, drowned in a boating accident on his way back to London (?Elizabeth Barrett Browning?).
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Women are dismissed as insignificant in both the poetry of Larkin and Eliot. How far do you agree with this view?
In A Game of Chess, Eliot parodies Cleopatra in the opening, to use as a contrast between the erotic, natural and regal Cleopatra and the ?synthetic? and oppressive nature of the woman persona, illustrating the corruption of sex and romance. This is reflected in Eliot?s vivid descriptions; the nightingales ?inviolable? voice falls on ?dirty ears? whilst the ?world pursues? showing the attempt to corrupt something that was once pure; real love and relationships. ?Withered stumps? suggests a transformation from vitality to stasis, reflecting the change of sex from meaningful to meaningless.
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The effect of this is to highlight that The Nightingale is a very regular poem, where Syrinx is a very irregular poem. It is as if Amy Clampitt teases the reader by making the first two stanzas of equal length, then throws in another couple of lines at the end. This therefore highlights her desire to make the poem seem irregular. This difference in regularity can also be seen through the metre of the poems. The Nightingale is mainly iambic pentameter throughout, with hypermetrical stresses on each of the last words in each line.
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