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AS and A Level: Comparative Essays

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  1. Comparing And Contrasting The Poems The Trees by Phillip Larkin and The Trees Are Down By Charlotte Mew

    Larkin uses the trees as a metaphor for people, because they, too, have a reputation, though its not like peoples. For trees their ?reputation? or merely their appearance is renewed every spring by ?Their yearly trick of looking new? (7). Though the appearance of the trees may have changed, their ?past? or age is still visible in their trunk since it ?Is written down in rings of grain? (8). This relates to people because, like trees, the outward look can change, but there will always be an internal resistance and past that one can never change.

    • Word count: 1085
  2. Compare and contrast 'Prayer Before Birth' and 'The Second Coming'

    The poem shows the ways of the world the 'baby' is soon to enter from a 'clean slate' point of view; the child in the womb that is given a voice has the wonders of the world laid out ahead of it, but its fate has not yet been written. The Second Coming is written in a rough iambic pentameter but the meter is so loose that the poem in fact seems to be closer to free verse. Imagery plays a big part in Yeats' poem and the first image with which we are presented is an image of disaster; a falcon cannot hear the call of safety, and begins to spiral wider and wider, more out of control.

    • Word count: 932
  3. In the poem the City Planners and Where I come from by Margaret Atwood and Elizabeth Brewster respectively, the poets use metaphors, imagery and use of negative as well as positive diction

    This conveys a sense that everything in the city is controlled by them, even nature. Due to their actions the life in Singapore is like a list and this point is proven by the use of colons after the word ?sanitary? in the first stanza. This foreshadows the theme of organized life of people and nature. Sanitary trees, assert Levelness of surface like a rebuke This line gives an effect to the reader that everything is perfect in the city. There is a use of oxymoron to describe the trees, as trees cannot be sanitary.

    • Word count: 1045
  4. Daryush looks at the sweetness of life from a nave and young heiress in Poem A, Still Life while in Poem B, Cunningham chooses to look at life from the perspective of an aged lover.

    Both sonnets thus have the same focus on love and yet, diverge in terms of the speakers? perceptions towards it. Aside from the speakers? perceptions, the descriptions of their actions in the poems serve to futher define their character. Daryush utilize unhurried movements such as the girl ?[coming] over the lawn? and having taken an ?early walk in her garden-wood? to show the vast amount of time the young heiress has ahead of her due to her youth. The vague action of ?come? and languid characteristic of a ?walk? characterize the young girl?s current lack of urgency and purpose in her life.

    • Word count: 1020
  5. The three poems Enter without so much as knocking, Weapons training and Big Jim by Brice Daw support the idea in which dialogue can be used to show values and beliefs

    A composer can use dialogue to highlight feelings and emotions in a more dramatic way than simply describing them. Bruce Dawe is a social satirist who deals with conte mporary problems. He brings his poems to life by giving them a realistic vernacular voice that allows him to highlight peoples? attitudes in certain situations. ?Enter without so much as knocking? is a sarcastic look at the negative features of modern life, particularly materialism. Dawe explores such themes as dehumanisation and social conformity and uses a range of language and structural techniques to help support these themes. Daw makes use of techniques such as exaggeration, sarcasm and caricature to ridicule the materialism that infects modern society; ?NO BREATHING EXCEPT BY

    • Word count: 1000

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