• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss how modern poets you have studied use nature in their work and how far it successfully portrays their ideas and attitudes

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss how modern poets you have studied use nature in their work and how far it successfully portrays their ideas and attitudes. The poems that one has chosen to discuss about are 'The Road not taken' by Robert Frost, 'Blackberrying' by Sylvia Path, 'Afternoons' By Philip Larkin and 'Churning Day' by Seamus Heaney. All of these poems use nature to describe their actions in life. The Road Not Taken is a poem about one man's journey in the woods. However, if this poem is looked at metaphorically, it is about what decisions we need to make in life. In this poem, Robert Frost discusses about what route he should take. 'Sorry I could not travel both'. The speaker could not experience this way, which shows disspaointment as he wanted to experience them both. He bases his choice on nature and 'took the one less travelled by'. He took the path that was quieter. This shows that he is an individual and doesn't intend on following others. He desires to make his own choices and figure out what path to take on his own. Robert Frost doesn't just talk about the path he takes, but the one he does not take. The title 'The Road Not Taken' signifies that Robert is more curious about the road he did not take and intends on talking about it. ...read more.

Middle

In the third stanza, darkness has overcome itself. Words used like "Sudden" and "Slapping" is showing strength and anger. "These hills are too green and sweet to have tasted salt". This shows that there is not really a sea in its sense. Nature is used here as being angry, in significant to reality. The poem is effectively structured in three distinct paragraphs and the journey through the blackberry lane represents the author's life. There are many vibrant descriptions such as "Blue red juices" of the blackberries and "Green Meadows". Plath is making the readers feel as if they can see it clear and feel as if they are there. The contrast between the confinement and the open space of the sea also helps to highlight the contrast between the luscious bushes and the cold snapping sea. Each stanza builds up to create a stronger effect and change of mood. In Blackberrying, it is about the relationship with the poet and nature. The only time people are involved is when she sees the "White and pewter lights" which symbolize the boats in the water. The boats are seen as insignificant and only are spoken about when the poem becomes darker. In the Road Not Taken, the only time people are involved is the ones who travelled the same route as him. ...read more.

Conclusion

The feelings of people in Heaney's house were 'full of clean deal churns', able to think of nothing else but churning day, as the young women's lives are filled with the dull responsibilities and routines. 'Afternoons' in the title gives us the impression how the mothers are in the middle of their cycle. Nature is used a lot in this poem being related to 'summer fading, leaves fall and coming to the end of the day'. He uses nature to describe the leaves falling in 'ones and two'. This can relate to the mothers coming to the park everday alone, or together. Larkin gives us the feeling that the young mothers are being ruled by their children 'who expect to be taken home' and pushed 'to the side of their own lives'. They are living for their children and do not have lives of their own. The children are the ones enjoying themselves playing in the 'swings and sandpits' while the mothers miserably watch. All four poems are about how each speaker uses nature in their poems. It shows us their views and how nature can relate to reality. Nature is described in many ways. From a jounery through a wood describing a life (The Road Not Taken), to how wonderful nature is (Blackberrying), to nature describing life routines (Afternoons) to an event being described by nature (Churning Day). They all concentrate on how man has interacted with nature. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison essays

  1. Compare and contrast how different poets, some from the past and some from the ...

    The octave in this sonnet describes John Milton's despair and tragedy of becoming blind. In line 7 of the sonnet, Milton asks: "'Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?' " Which means, ' even though he is unable to see, does he still have to work to please God and gain his favour?'.

  2. Compare and contrasting 2 poems (Blackberrying and Blackberry Picking)

    adult's perspective as the poem uses complex imagery which is conveying the feelings of an adult such as "hanging their bluegreen bellies and their wing panes in

  1. How are attitudes to love and relationships presented in To His Coy Mistress, The ...

    It is also witty from the imagery he uses to back up his argument. The persona uses metaphors for; religion, "the conversion of the Jews" (forever), time, "winged chariot hurrying near" and death "vast deserts of eternity". By using these metaphors the persona makes his argument effective as he is linking his opinion with God and the laws of nature.

  2. Is it sweet and fitting to die for ones country?

    The answer to this is that their glory can never fade because we remember them in remembrance Sunday for their hard effort they put in, to make us remember them. Tennyson uses imperatives, 'honour the charge they made, honour the Light Brigade,' telling us to honour and respect their courageous skills and bravery.

  1. Compare and contrast the way in which Seamus Heaney and D.H Lawrence describe childhood ...

    This may possibly be the first time in his life he has seen his father crying, in which case it would be even more of a shock. The next line, "He had always taken funerals in his stride" adds to the agonizing shock both the reader and the boy must feel, and emphasises the seriousness of the situation.

  2. Essay Question: Discuss both poets of murder, revenge and violence in Salome by Carol ...

    Such as "Empty church, to pray God in, for them!" This disguises the speaker's horror of her actions and intentions as she is asking for forgiveness. However, she is asking for forgiveness by the actions she is going to make in advance.

  1. Compare and contrast the way pre-20th century poets reflect on the theme of love. ...

    face went red when he saw his lover which shows he is in love. 'The trees and bushes round the place seemed midnight at noonday.' This shows that his vision went blurry and that he saw no one but his love.

  2. Comparison Essay between "Out-Out" and "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen and Robert Frost.

    that place is sleep for the boy now because he gets to escape from his disability. Emphatic diction in ?Out-Out? creates a happy peaceful mood. For example the poem states ?Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it? this use of alliteration creates a soft sound in the readers mouth

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work