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  1. How effective do you find Donne`s use of imagery and language in conveying the strength of his feeling and to what extent could A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy`s Day, Being The Shortest Day be considered a love poem?

    In the second stanza Donne shows how loving Anne has changed him, 'For I am every dead thing, in whom love wrought new alchemy.' His use of the word alchemy shows the magnitude of Donne`s feeling as it suggests he perceives love as a change of being, and as such before he loved Anne he was a 'dead thing' ; it was only after he fell in love that he began to exist and live. This concept is developed further at the end of the stanza, 'and I am re-begot of absence, darkness, death; things which are not,' in which Donne portrays himself as being reborn as a representation of nothingness, the state he was in before he met Anne.

    • Word count: 966
  2. Venus and Adonis

    One interpretation could be that he deliberately means to perhaps use it to signify a blushing innocent. I think it is vital to realise that Shakespeare did model his poem on earlier adaptations of Ovid's Metamorphoses for instance Thomas Lodge's Scillaes Metamorphosis which was the first Elizabethan erotic minor epics based on Ovid. Adonis appears to be an unconventional male, not strong and aggressive, rather he is sweet and delicate. He constitutes the characteristics of a woman in love by being effeminate, he is "more lovely than a man".

    • Word count: 513
  3. The introduction of The Rape of the Lock identifies the poem as a heroi-comical poem- i.e. mock heroic. This style of poem is a type of satire; and in this case, Pope satirises the beau-monde of eighteenth century England

    In lines one and two, Pope suggests that society is taking a fairly trivial incident too seriously, displaying an exaggerated sense of their own importance. The 'contests' Pope alludes to prove to be 'mighty' only in an ironic sense. They are card-games and frilvous tussles as opppsed to the great battles of epic tradition. Unlike the Helen of Troy, 'the face that launched a thousand ships', Belinda prompts foppish nonsense.

    • Word count: 535
  4. Commentary on Easter Wings by George Herbert

    18 Feel: "feel this day" in 1633. The two added words disturb the clear metrical scheme (which has six syllables in lines 3, 8, and 13) and are not found in the manuscript of the poem. 19 'Imp' is a technical term taken from falconry, meaning to graft feathers on to a damaged wing to restore a bird's power of flight. Herbert is asking to become one with Christ's rising from the dead into new life and to soar towards heaven with him.

    • Word count: 974
  5. John Donne - Batter my Heart

    Trying to convince himself as much as god. The theme of desperation grows from anger to a apologetic tone. The poem is written in a colloquial fashion and true to Donnes metaphysical side, seen in his other poems. The poem is written in first person, and this is used to create a heart felt and disturbing account of Donne's thoughts. The poem is in the form of Shakespearian sonnet, this is ironic, due to sonnets being used primarily to express love. Donne uses this to shock and further the extremity of the piece. The form of the poem splits between being imperative and apologetic.

    • Word count: 718
  6. Epic convention - Rape of the Lock

    In Greek mythology - which is the cornerstone of many epic myths and tales - the muse were mythical and magical beings who inspired. Therefore, Pope's calling upon a muse seems to give the poem an almost holy theme, which when compared with the realistic events (arguments due to a lock of hair) it is clearly a parody and nothing more. Also, Pope's supernatural beings extends to Sylphs, who Ariel - Belinda's guardian Sylph - eventually reveal to being the outcome of "coquettes" (frivolous, flirtatious women).

    • Word count: 695
  7. How does Pope present 18th century society in Canto I-III?

    Moreover, the laziness of the high class society is conveyed through Belinda's waking at midday. Their vanity is conveyed through the description of "toilet" as if she "puts on all its arms". Pope's description of the "toilet" as if Belinda is off to battle satirises high class society because we realise all she is doing is putting on make-up, yet Pope describes it as something honourable, brave and sacred - as . But even this Belinda does not do, for we are told at the end of Canto I that it is the Sylphs who actually carry out the "labours" (although we realise it was actually Betty).

    • Word count: 996
  8. From reading of Paradise Lost(TM) book IX how has Milton portrayed the relationship between Adam and Eve?

    This belief would be understandable at this time period because most 16th century poets believed women to be the inferior sex, such as Shakespeare's Katherina in 'The taming of the Shrew'. However, Milton's use of language here could simply portray the amount of care and love Adam holds for Eve. This love and care that Adam expresses for Eve is portrayed throughout the poem by Milton. Although Adam disagrees with Eve in her decision to work alone, he does continue to offer his support and love: "Daughter of God and man, immortal Eve, For such thou art, from sin and

    • Word count: 907
  9. An Analysis of "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning

    There are two different views in which this poem can be interpreted, the Marxist, and the feminist. The Marxist view interprets the poem as if the Duke thinks of everything as his object, and the feminist viewpoint makes the Duke look as if he doesn't treat the Duchess as he should. The Duke's personality is revealed by different aspects in the poem, for example the rhyming scheme, rhyming couplets, makes the poem flow more easily, which leaves no gaps for interruption. This shows the Duke's love of being the centre of attention and being in control. The Duke also shows this keenness of control when he says the painting is of "my last Duchess", showing he treated her as just another article in his collection of art.

    • Word count: 776
  10. My Last Duchess

    The reason behind this is that she was flirtatious with all men because "she liked whate'er she looked on, and her looks went everywhere". The language techniques used in this poem emphasize the Duke's Last Duchess's flirtatious character. They also hint to us the themes of murder, jealousy, suspicion and the Duke's psychopathic character. The word 'I' is quite often used. "The curtain I have drawn for you, but I..." This means that the poem is a dramatic monologue. The metaphor used in the middle of the poem hints to the audience that he has great passion towards her.

    • Word count: 598
  11. My Last Duchess From Fra Pandolfs View.

    woman, I think the Duke was not sure if she was happy with him or just with her surroundings and the life she lived. The problem was that she was very easily pleased, sometimes too easily. Whenever I complimented her beauty she seemed to be embarrassed and her cheeks would blush slightly, she would only reply "Thank you" and as soon as she had finished speaking a glowing smile would return to her face. On this occasion I remember that the Duke was extremely agitated, he was very unhappy about me being alone whilst painting the duchess, he kept checking on me to make sure I was not getting on too well with her.

    • Word count: 606
  12. "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning - review.

    too soon made glad". From the portrait sessions, the Duke, in what seems like a wave of emotion and rising bitterness moves on to describe the Duchess herself. His reflections give way to a tirade on her 'disgraceful' behaviour. "She liked whate'er / She looked on, and her looks went everywhere", this meant that the duchess was susceptible to all kinds of temptations and was equally happy of "thanking men" of lower rank and ranked the Duke's "gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name / With anybody's gift" such as "some officious fool" that "Broke the bow of cherries in the orchard for her".

    • Word count: 978
  13. Robert Browning - 'The Last Duchess' - 'Write a letter to the count whether or not he should let his daughter marry the Duke'.

    He said 'That's my last duchess painted on the wall, looking as if she was were alive.' When I heard this quote I was quite surprised, because he said that she was looking, as she was alive, which makes me assume that she is dead. I then started to compliment the portrait because the woman was amazing in it, I couldn't get my eyes off it. When the duke saw me staring at the picture he quickly dropped the curtain and started to talk about the artist who painted it. He described the way she posed for the portrait and I could feel the duke's jealousy because he doesn't like the way she is looking at the painter, Fr� Pandolf.

    • Word count: 979
  14. My Last Duchess.

    It easily makes me become one of the listeners, the "you", in this poem, and I can smell some chauvinisim in it. The duke must love very much as we can see from these lines, "......that pictured countenance/The depth and passion of its earnest glance(7,8)." She must have bright eyes, and her cheeks are also charming. "...it was not her husband's presence only, called that spot/Of joy into the Duchess' cheek(13-15)."

    • Word count: 562
  15. The poem " My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning is a fascinating poem exposing a flawed and sinister character.

    The Duke refers to the painting as though referring to a living person, and goes on to explain the Duchess's behaviour. It requires little interpretation of the Dukes words to discover that his last Duchess was not only beautiful but charming, romantic and one who delighted in nature and the simple things of life "Sir, 'twas all one! My favour at her breast, The drooping of the daylight in the West, The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard fro her, the white mule She rode with round the terrace" Unfortunately, for the Duchess she seems naive and unaware that her husband required of her a respect and absolute attention to him alone.

    • Word count: 788
  16. "My Last Duchess" By Robert Browning

    The Duke begins to show his possessive and materialistic ways. "Since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but I". This shows how he is determined and made sure that he was in control of his relationship with the Duchess. The "curtain" shows how he does everything for her and is control of her life, " Since none........but I". It shows that his whole life was devoted to her. The Duke then becomes critical of the Duchess and shows how he dislikes her joyful and easy to please manner.

    • Word count: 951
  17. Browning’s Use of Dramatic Monologue

    Further on in the poem, it tells us that the painting is behind a curtain which illustrates his unnatural possessive personality. Proving that he is in control, and also that the painting is for his eyes only. "The curtain I have drawn for you, but I" The Duke describes how people are surprised by her seductive, passionate glance, and he gets very jealous when people admire the painting. The Duke goes on throughout the poem describing his wife in various attitudes.

    • Word count: 807
  18. Satan's Pride in Paradise Lost

    157-162, I) Satan accepts that Hell is the ?mournful gloom? that they have traded for Heaven, ?that celestial light,? (l. 244-245, I) and that the mind is its own place that can ?make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.? (l. 254-255, I) Satan?s obdurate pride is shown when he says, ?Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.? (l. 263, I) When Satan spake, he was boastful as he stressed that they are still united even in their fall.

    • Word count: 743

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?
  • Discuss Blake's treatment in the Songs of the forces that hinder human potential

    "In conclusion, Blake presents a scathing indictment of the forces which he saw all around him in his home in London that were working to limit human potential. Blake explores several of these forces in a variety of different manners, from stark presentation to subtle, haunting imagery. At every turn, Blake forces the reader to acknowledge exactly what is going on around them with such indignant questions as those asked in The Chimney Sweeper of experience. However, although it is in this way that Blake explores the forces of evil around him, the Songs are also a source of great joy. His perception, incite and resultant cutting critique of the society around him is placed with a simpler, more pastoral ideal that many believe to be truly, glimpses of heaven. Hazz Scurfield 13/08/2008"

  • To what extent does religious poetry appeal to readers who hold religious beliefs?

    "In conclusion, poetry has a wide audience and therefore should not be limited to one view or readers. As shown from Blake's poems and Robert frost, poetry has many hidden meanings which can appeal to people who not only hold religious beliefs but who also hold a general interest in it."

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