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Choose two or three characters from the poem you have studied - Discuss how the poets have described these characters and their behaviour - Consider the choice of words, poetic devices, rhythm and rhyme that the poets have used to communicate their ideas.

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MADHU.R.NAIR 10B 23.11.2002 English and Literature GCSE Coursework, Pre - 20th Century Narrative Poetry. 3. Choose two or three characters from the poem you have studied. Discuss how the poets have described these characters and their behaviour. Consider the choice of words, poetic devices, rhythm and rhyme that the poets have used to communicate their ideas. The poems we have studied are: * How They Brought The Good News From Ghent To Aix Robert Browning, * The Revenge Alfred, Lord Tennyson, * The Inchcape Rock Robert Southey, * The Charge of The Light Brigade Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In the four poems we have studied, there are different attitudes and behaviours displayed by the characters, ranging from pure envy to patriotism and heroism. In "The Inchcape Rock", Sir Ralph the Rover is portrayed as a wicked and jealous man. However the irony is that, his evil feat backfires onto him when he least expects it. "His heart was mirthful to excess, But the Rover's mirth was wickedness." Sir Ralph the Rover was jealous of how the Abbott of Aberbrothok was loved by everyone for doing such a good deed. Southey shows how Sir Ralph was determined to humiliate the Abbott, and how inconsiderate he was of others. Sir Ralph was willing to put other people in danger, just so he could become the centre of attention. "Quoth Sir Ralph, 'The next who comes to the Rock Won't bless the Abbott of Aberbrothok.' ...read more.

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Roland was always ready to take any commands from his master, the narrator. Browning created the character Roland in a way that, the horse had immense intelligence, e.g., it knew what trouble was lurking ahead in the journey. "And his low head and crest, just one sharp ear bent back For my voice, and the other pricked out on his track." It was obvious that Roland loved his master deeply, and vice versa. Roland was aware of other's feelings and emotion, unlike Sir Ralph the Rover from "The Inchcape Rock". As Roland was concentrating on the road, he was still able to look sideways, and see from the corner of his eye if the narrator was out of harm's way. "And one eye's black intelligence, -ever that glance O'er its white edge at me, his own master, askance." "Called my Roland his pet-name, my horse without peer." Roland was very determined as he always kept on going. It was like as if he was trying to show the other horses how it was done. It seems Roland was trying to please his master by being persistent and trying to achieve his goal. "Nor galloped less steadily Roland a whit." "His fierce lips shook upwards in galloping on." Nearing the end of the quest, Roland became tired and stressed. It was up to him to tell the citizens of Aix what the good news was. ...read more.

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He died as loyalist who had completed his duty as man, for the Queen and Faith. "But they sank his body with honour down into the deep." " 'I have only done my duty as a man is bound to do: With a joyful spirit I Sir Grenville die!' " Tennyson used this alliteration: "sun smiled", to show how Grenville and his crew fought with much pain and concentration, while the sun shining was happy without a problem in the world. This alliterated phrase is very similar to the one that was used in "...The Good News from Ghent to Aix". Onomatopoeia was also used to compare the volley of cannons to that of a stampede of elephants. The crash signifies the destruction of The Revenge. "Crash of the cannonades." As well as being onomatopoeia, this phrase is also an alliteration to illustrate the destruction and loudness of the cannons. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the four poems, however my favourite two poems are "The Inchcape Rock" and "The Revenge". I feel that "...Good News From Ghent To Aix", "The Revenge" and " The Charge Of The Brigade" are about characters who were patriotic, heroic and had determination, which influenced others in a positive way. However, with "The Inchcape Rock" the character Sir Ralph the Rover has a hate-filled, envious and selfish personality. Southey shows in "The Inchcape Rock", how conflict between people can be out of envy and hatred, and how it all does have to come down to war or a battle trying to save the country. ...read more.

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