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    Understanding Place and Language in Olive Senior's "Gardening in the Tropics"

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    Senior's intension is for gardening to be used as a source of identity, recognition of which is only achieved through the unearthing of a deeply buried past. The problem, however, is that with a history as conflicting as that of the West Indies, even when unearthing our past, there comes the question of "how do we respond to this past?". An even more frightening perspective on this history, as Senior highlights too, is that for too many of us, a usable and identifiable past illusive- firstly because we have been robbed of it by our colonizers, and secondly because we have mixed with so many different races that at some point along the line, the knowledge our truest origins disappeared.

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    Journeying in Hardy's "At Castle Boterel"

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    Hardy's pilgrimage was not just a literal journey, for it was a quest to overcome the boundaries of Time and death through his poetry, an endeavour to reclaim Emma and their lost love. This desire to revive the dead can be seen most clearly in "The Haunter", where Hardy animates Emma by adopting her voice in an effort to convince himself of her faithful presence: "If he but sigh since my loss befell him/ Straight to his side I go."

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    Critical Analysis- Praise Song for my Mother by Grace Nichols

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    Starting with the vocabulary, it is vivid but hard-hitting. The writer uses the images of water, moon and sun- all powerful symbols of nature, to describe her mother's character which shows her strength of personality and the extent of her love and affection towards her. The red colour of the fish's gills is reminiscent of the maternal love; a break from the clich�d usage of the colour red in "standard" English literature where the colour is usually associated with sensuality.

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    Exploration Of Poetic Technique In 'HuntIng Snake' By Judith Wright

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    This contrast seems to be the reciprocal of most notions held today, for it is mankind that has the power to act, while nature stands still, subservient. The poet intends for a feeling of confusion to arise in the reader, one that is created by the emergence of two powerful emotions in the scene that unfolds- fear and awe. These feelings contradict each other and in so doing surprise both the speaker and reader and contribute to the trance that washes over the moment.

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    Childhood - Frances Cornford. Grown ups are old on purpose. Grown ups are grand on purpose. This is what the speaker first thinks in Cornfords Childhood. But as the poem goes on he reaches an epiphany; realising that grown ups are no more in con

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    In the first part of the poem, Cornford uses descriptive language to paint a picture of adults. They are described as "choos[ing]" to have "Stiff backs and wrinkles" and "veins like small fat snakes". These simple descriptions help trigger reader memories and remind them of old aged people in their lives; while the verb "chose" shows the speakers inexperience with the world. Cornford then uses a short line "On purpose to be grand" I think Cornford only uses the adjective "grand" to keep the rhyming pattern, though it can also infer that the speaker views old age as a bit upper class.

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    Norman MacCaigs Assisi is an intriguing poem, in which a contrast is used to create an intense feeling of irony and sympathy. Discuss.

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    The common letter "S" in the alliteration of this image is onomatopoeic, and suggests the running of the sawdust. This also portrays the beggar as worthless, as sawdust isn't valuable, and is just the leftovers of wood. These are particularly cold and cruel descriptions of someone who is in need of help. It makes the beggar seem almost un-human. MacCaig deliberately uses unfeeling descriptions to convey society's attitude, and forces us as readers and members of society to think about how we would view the beggar. We see that the beggar is rejected by society by the use of the word "outside".

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    Aftermath Poem Analysis

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    "HAVE," is capitalized because the poet wants the reader to pay extreme attention for past events and his words. He asks a question to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Sassoon compares our daily lives to "traffic checked while at the crossings of city-ways:" to portray people moving on and not remembering the past. Moreover, there is a "Haunted gap," (4) in the minds of the soldiers. This refers to dreadful memories in the war and the poet also creates a disturbing image.

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    One Flesh

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    She has also used a special tone that has been used to fortify her point of view. The tone she uses changes during the stanzas. Most of the time she uses a sad and pessimistic tone but at times she has changed it to a slightly more optimistic and joyful one. Jennings has also used several metaphors and similes. Some phrases in this poem are a little complicated to figure out as they may have more than one explanation. This could be compared to Elizabeth's parents, who are also complicated for she does not realize why the passion and craze has vanished during all these years.

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    Analysis of poem "Praise song for my mother" by Grace Nichols.

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    This then influences her use of English and Creole (a language resulting from the contact of many languages) in her poetry. Her Caribbean heritage also influences the images of the poem immensely. Praise song for my mother is a metaphoric poem using imagery to describe the intense emotional relationship she had with her mother. The poet is thankful and rejoices her mothers' presence using the term 'praise' in her poem title. The poet describes the importance of her mother in her life. the poem is one of short and simple stanzas.

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    What methods does Browning use to tell the poem Fra Lippo Lippi Line 1-39?

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    Browning's use of title "Fra Lippo Lippi" tells the readers that this poem by Robert Browning is about a Florentine painter who has a lot of passion for art through reading the title only. All throughout this poem, Browning has used a dialogue between the monk and the watch men's to engage the readers both in artistic and sexual sense of the monk. This poem falls in the form of black verse as the lines used are not in a rhyme scheme, which is known as the iambic pentameter.

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    How does Coleridge open his story in Part I of The Ancient Mariner?

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    However, the implications cease there for now. As the wedding guest seeks to be freed from the grip of the "grey-beard loon", he seems perplexed ("now wherefore stopp'st thou me?") as if to infer that the soon-to-be-told ramblings of the Mariner are confusing, incorrect or, perhaps, more indicative of the state of the old man's mental health. The young guest then becomes fixated with the presence of a "glittering eye" which he ascribes to someone who has a tale to be told ("The Wedding-Guest stood still / And listens like a three years' child").

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  12. The Supernatural in 'The Voice" by Thomas Hardy

    will be next there's no knowing'. As Hardy does not accept the theory of heaven, he firmly believes that Emma is alive around him in the form of spiritual energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only converted to other forms. He believes that Emma's soul has been converted to another form, one that is very much alive, or at least in his mind. Hardy cannot deal with his great loss, and so he recreates Emma in his subconscious.

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  13. Literary analysis of 'The Going' by Thomas Hardy

    It is possible that by glorifying and exalting Emma's death, Hardy is trying to console himself about the circumstances she died in - by writing over the situation he may be trying to change the story of what happened for the reader in order to make it seem as though he is not the one to blame. Building on the idea that Hardy wants to shift the blame from himself, Hardy throughout the poem asks questions as statements rather than as real questions.

    • Word count: 965
  14. Hardys dramatic dialogue The Ruined Maid attempts to portray the injustices and ironies of Victorian morality. Hardy is able to achieve this through his elaborate control over language.

    By crossing the Victorian morality line and selling herself she has been rewarded instead of being looked down upon. In the second stanza Hardy contrasts the two women's lifestyles to illustrate their vast differences. Hardy uses negative diction such as the noun "tatters" to describe the poverty-stricken woman clothing which contrasts to the description of the wealthier woman in the first stanza. Hardy also contrasts this in the second stanza where Hardy uses positive diction with vibrant connotations such as "gay bracelets" and "bright feathers" to again describe the "ruined" woman's clothing. The use of juxtaposition between the poverty of one woman and the relative wealth of 'Melia emphasises their class differences.

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  15. In The Going and Your Last Drive Hardy tries to portray the effects loss has on the one left behind.

    Angry that she didn't alert him to her imminent death, Hardy harshly blames her using the adverb "why". His loved one is said to have been "indifferent quite". She ignored his feelings, possibly unconcerned about, and uncaring towards him, as depicted by the adjective "indifferent". This feeling Hardy might have returned. Hardy uses euphemisms such as "where I could not follow" as he doesn't wish to accept his loved one's passing. He attempts to escape reality and isolate himself from the real world; obviously hurt deeply by her death. In the second stanza Hardy begins to grieve and lament.

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  16. How does Dickinson mock puritan values in her poems?

    Dickinson starts poem 501 with the lines 'This world is not Conclusion.' this line shows that Dickinson is certain that there is afterlife, this line also shows confidence in the speakers tone suggesting that maybe Dickinson has experienced this to be so certain. This line is paradoxical since since in this line she is suggesting that there is an afterlife however she ends the sentence with a full stop, implying a stop or end to something. The word conclusion stands out in this line since it starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.

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  17. In Dickinson's poetry, the worlds of man and nature are inextricably interlinked'. With reference to 'A bird came down the walk' and other poems, discuss whether you agree with the statement.

    The word 'bit' implies human characteristics and highlights a connection between mankind and nature, the word 'bit' is associated with eating which shows the inescapable interlink of man and nature. The word 'angleworm' is capitalised showing its significance which highlights the birds unthoughtful act. This stanza has a ABCB rhyme scheme which sets the a motion in the stanza. Themes of nature are also highlighted in poem '712' by the lines 'Gazing Grain' the word 'Gazing' gives nature human characteristics and the capital letter 'G' makes nature seem like something important and off great value and this again links to human quality since a persons name is always began with a capital letter.

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  18. Write a close analysis of Penelope Explain how Duffy creates the female voice and how typical the poem is of other poetry in the collection.

    The motif of embroidery is used by Duffy to present Penelope's growing independence. Penelope first embroiders a rather simplistic images of a 'girl' under a 'single star' however as the poem digresses she embroiders more adventurous things such as 'a snapdragon gargling a bee' this technique shows how the confidence of the female voice grows as as Penelope's mind becomes focused soley on embroidering and not on the absence of her husband where she had previously hoped to see him 'saunter home'. The use of 'I' in the poem emphasizes the new female dominance of this tale through Duffy's technique.

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  19. Emily Bronte-Cold in the Earth Critical Analysis

    She then asks a rhetorical question, "Have I forgot, my Only Love, to love thee", 'Only Love' here emphasises the extent of her love by being capitalized. In the second stanza Bronte compares her thoughts to a bird "my thoughts no longer hover", this metaphor shows a contrast between the freedom of flight that the bird enjoys in comparison to the containment that the persona feels. The second stanza tells us that she when alone, cannot think about the mountains near Angora's shore.

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  20. The Romantic Period and the poems of Blake

    According to the boy's words it is possible to deduce that it is their false reasoning that blinds them to the chimney sweeper's plight; "And because I am happy, dance and sing / they think they have done me no injury". Thus while openly criticizing and rejecting the traditionally accepted figures of authority the poet subtly shows that the tyrannical system is maintained by reason. Blake's "Garden of Love" clearly exhibits how the church has become a harmful to the people while creating disillusionment in the poets mind.

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  21. Analysis of "Elegy for my father's father".

    Thus the title elegy for my father's father which brings out the detached mood. The persona begins by telling the reader how they all knew this man died knowing he was emotionally detached from all those around him. He was an introvert and kept to himself. 'O for all the tall tower broken memorial denied' a sentence showing the little they had to remember him by. There were no marks of him and there was very little to him. 'And the unchanging cairn that pipes could set ablaze An aaronsrod and blossom.' There was no tombstone and instead Just a pile of stones on top of his grave.

    • Word count: 688
  22. Analysis of "Cold in the earth" by Emily Bronte.

    The rhetorical questions that are asked bring out the personas uncertainty of his absence and devastation by his death as these are questions that generally cannot be answered. The poet was known to have used paracosm in her writing. Angora, a place that she mentions in the second stanza is perhaps a fantasy world that she created as an act to make herself feel better. Her thoughts were like a bird. They no longer fly. They land on the grave where they rested their wings.

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  23. The roles of women, feminism, the theme of innocence and childhood are issues ecplored by the use of a dramatic monologue in Liz Lochheads Poem for my Sister and Revelation. Through Ideas explored, images created and symbols

    It is as if she is reaching a point in her life where she is being allowed to see for herself the 'dark side' that lurks in the world and people believe that she is mature enough to be edged into these ideas. This is described through her first encounter with the bull: "At the threshold of his outhouse, someone held my hand and let me peer inside." This tells us that she only gets to the entrance of the building and the word "someone" suggests ambiguity.

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  24. What methods does Rossetti use to tell the poem Maude Clare?

    'out of the church she followed them' this line informs the readers that the narrator was telling the reader what they knew however making Maude Clare the dominant and the main character in this poem. The title Maude Clare immediately informs the readers that this poem is about a character who is a woman. Rossetti starts the poem off describing the setting which is in the church as Thomas and his bride Nell are getting married. As readers we are immediately aware of who the main characters in the poem as they have been introduced well by Rossetti, she describes

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  25. How does Coleridge use setting in the first two parts of "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner"?

    Also, the use of a wedding at the start of the poem adds to the Northerliness of the setting as marriage encompasses many things that are symbolised by the north. Not only is it a unity of human love but marriage is also a form of security as it creates an unbreakable bond between two people. This first setting highlights the fact that prior to the journey both the sailors and the Ancient Mariner's lives solely revolved around the physical aspect of life and Coleridge uses this setting as a starting point for what is to follow.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To What Extent Can It Be Said That Longfellow's 'The Wreck Of The Hesperus' Is A Ballad Written In The Ballad Tradition.

    "To conclude of what I think that 'The Wreck of the Hesperus' is a ballad clearly written to the traditional formation of a ballad. This is a ballad because it tells a definite story of a ship called The Hesperus and it sinks in a hurricane and it has a definite rhyme scheme. It has a tragic, tragic being the captain's daughter, him and the crew dieing. This seems to be the main point of the ballad. The ballad appears to concentrate on the captain and his daughter. Yet it is hard to distinguish that the captain is actually the villain. This is reason why he ties his daughter to the mast and not taking her to safety. It has most of the characteristic to what makes a brilliant ballad. The characteristics that he left out didn't change how good the ballad is. On my opinion it is certain that 'The Wreck of the Hesperus' near the top ballads ever written."

  • Discuss the Importance of Place in "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner".

    "In conclusion, the implementation of different places in ‘The Ancient Mariner’ is important as the setting is used by Coleridge in conjunction with the narrative. The different compass points are possibly used to reflect the changes in the Ancient Mariner’s spiritual understanding of the world. Without the different settings, the narrative would not be as effective as they are important in symbolising the different aspects of human nature, both moral and immoral."

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