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318 GCSE Comparing poems essays

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  1. Marked by a teacher

    Compare how the past reveals feelings about a place in Nothings Changed with the ways another poet reveals feelings about a place or places in one other poem.

    5 star(s)

    This shows that as he is walking along, his anger is building up. This anger is a physical bodily reaction, which he feels, and his whole body id rejecting the place. His anger spreads from his hands to his skin, to his lungs, to the hot white inward turning anger of his eyes. This can be noticed because the sentences are turning longer and longer as his anger builds up. In contrast with Nothing's Changed, Nichols in Island Man also talks about her feelings about a place where she had grown up as a child.

    • Essay length: 1729 words
  2. Marked by a teacher

    The poems Strange fruit written by Abel Meeropol (Lewis Allen) 1937 and Still I rise written by Maya Angelou both convey the racism which fell upon the lives of many black individuals.

    4 star(s)

    'Still I rise' also uses a 2nd person pronoun, which gives the piece a direct appeal to the reader, creating assumptions that the white man is reading it. This grabs the reader and plays with the reader's guilt. The use of metaphors and similes in each poem helps the reader engage their mind to imagine the scene of the poems. In the opening lines of 'strange fruit' there is use of metaphors, for example 'southern trees bear a strange fruit' strange is the first line of this poem.

    • Essay length: 1292 words
  3. Marked by a teacher

    Compare Two Robert Frost Poems, The Road Not Taken & Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

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    He spends a while judging which path he should possibly take and there is the feeling that, whichever road he takes, it is for good and he can't turn back and choose the other one. He thinks properly about this and tries to see ahead as he says he "Looked down one as far I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth". This implies that the traveller is trying to catch a glimpse of what lies ahead before actually undertaking the route, he may be apprehensive as to what is around the corner.

    • Essay length: 1785 words
  4. Marked by a teacher

    The theme of father and son relationships in Digging and Follower

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    In Digging, Heaney says how his father and his grandfather were both expert farmers, but he could never follow in their footsteps, 'But I've no spade to follow men like them.' This shows how Heaney respects them both, he uses the word 'them' to point out the different generations. Heaney shows some guilt for not becoming a respectable farmer like them when he says, 'Through living roots awaken in my head.' He is showing his guilt because both the men above him were experts at their farming jobs and he can never be like them, but he can be an expert at being a poet.

    • Essay length: 1009 words
  5. Peer reviewed

    How does Sujata Bhatt show that identity is important in from Search For My Tongue? Compare the methods she uses with the methods another poet uses to show that identity is important in one other poem.

    5 star(s)

    Language is a method used in both poems to show identity's importance. Both poems use a physical thing metaphorically, too. In SFMT, it's her tongue. Whereas in HHE, it's the hurricane.In SFMT, the two tongues (languages) conflict in her (both physically and metaphorically). The two toungues would be squashed; there's clearly not enough room in someone's mouth for two tongues. This reflects her struggles on knowing two languages: the 'mother tongue' and the 'foreign tongue'. This is effective in showing Bhatt's dilemma and concerns.

    • Essay length: 643 words
  6. Peer reviewed

    In both Hurricane Hits England and Search For My Tongue, the poems explore the theme of culture being important to person, both poems approach this theme in different ways.

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    These "gods" that she is calling out to us the reader, makes us also think that she is trying to create a chant as if she sees the hurricane as both "Fearful and reassuring". Although she is happy that the hurricane has come for it has been able to help her discover her culture again, she is also reminded about what damage this 'life force' can do to a country, physically and emotionally. The poet is using this event in England to help call her "back-home cousin".

    • Essay length: 815 words
  7. Peer reviewed

    How do the poets present people in Vultures and Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes

    4 star(s)

    Yet he marvels at the seemingly misplaced show of love, as the male 'inclined affectionately' to the other vulture. In a sense Achebe uses language in this poem to suppress that even the most obviously repulsive people can show love. Similarly, Lawrence Ferlinghtti uses language in 'Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes' to present people. However the difference here is that the language is used, not to repulse us, but to contrast the two couples we are shown. The contrast between the 'grungy scavengers' and the 'cool' couple is shown throughout the poem. While the man is 'hip' has long 'blond hair' and is a rich architect, the older scavenger is a 'hunched back' with grey iron hair', looking like 'Quasimodo'.

    • Essay length: 887 words
  8. Peer reviewed

    Compare the ways the poets use description in from Search for my Tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi.

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    On the other hand, in the second section, after the Gujarati, she uses more positive language and personifies her first language to "grows strong veins" as well as "grows longer" and "grows moist". Bhatt shows it like a new birth of her "mother tongue" as "the bud opens in my mouth" and "blossoms out of my mouth". All these language is more positive and describes what happens to her tongue. Conversely, the language used in 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is more colourful to show how much Moniza Alvi admires the clothes in Pakistan.

    • Essay length: 643 words
  9. Peer reviewed

    Compare the methods used to make a protest through poetry in two scavengers and one other poem.

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    The use of the word 'democracy' is sarcastic, there shouldn't be a 'gulf' in a 'democracy', especially in a place like 'San Francisco' that should keep everyone equal. Similarly there is an invisible divide in apartheid Africa, shown in 'Nothing's Changed', where although 'No sign says it is' they still 'know where they belong.' Apartheid is over when the poem had been written, however, like in 'Two Scavengers' there is still inequality between the two classes of people. The white people still believe that the black people don't belong there.

    • Essay length: 1277 words
  10. Peer reviewed

    Compare the ways that Heaney presents nature in Storm on the Island and At a Potato Digging. Compare this with Patrolling Barnegat and Sonnet.

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    Correspondingly, Seamus Heaney's poem "At a potato Digging" captures the emotions and experiences of the Irish Potato famine. In "Storm on the Island" Heaney intends to mimics human emotions and comments that it can be violent and unpredictable; but even through the roughest times we must be "prepared" like the people of the Island are determined to live through the "huge nothing" which they fear. On the other hand, in the poem "At a Potato Digging" Heaney's intentions are more concerned with the suffering of the potato famine and he also dedicates a moral through it. A number of linguistic techniques are used to build tension and present nature in the eyes of the poets.

    • Essay length: 841 words
  11. Peer reviewed

    Compare Sujata Bhatt's Search for my tongue poem, with Grace Nichols' Hurricane Hits England, and decide whether or not having one or more culture can be a positive experience.

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    a hurricane to bring her closer' this is both a positive and a negative thing due to the fact that it shows us that she has had a negative experience but the outcome has been positive in her perspective and opinion. I have also thought this because this is just the start of the poem and in both poems, the topics change quite frequently, which gives us an insight into believing that anything could happen. Furthermore, it shows us that also, with the strong range of writing techniques, it is used in a way to show us that the topic is uncomfortable for her to discuss/write about, using paradox, metaphors, similes and more.

    • Essay length: 1471 words
  12. Peer reviewed

    What methods does Dharker use in This Room to explain a different culture compared to Not My Business by Niyi Osundare?

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    However I think that the "room" has been suppressed and just given new life. On the other hand, a "room" cannot be suppressed so in my personal opinion I think the "room" is a metaphor for the country in which Dharker lives. However in the poem "Not my business", in the first stanza; it says "Beat him soft like clay". This is a simile, and makes the reader think that "Akanni" is beaten up so bad that he is soft. As clay is easily moulded and shaped I think she shows how severely he was beaten up and how powerless he was.

    • Essay length: 698 words
  13. Peer reviewed

    Compare how the poems What Were They Like and Vultures present the cruelty of war.

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    In the same way the 'Daddy' in "Vultures" ignores the 'fumes of human roast'; but action cannot be without consequence, which causes the experience 'clinging rebelliously'. Here both poets imply that not knowing the consequences of war is the cruellest act of all, otherwise lives and culture would not be lost. In "Vultures", the cruelty of war is also shown through the conflict of good and evil. Achebe contrasts the beauty of 'love' to the ugliness of vultures; this shows that those at conflict can unite even with their differences.

    • Essay length: 688 words
  14. Peer reviewed

    Unrelated Incidents And Half Caste Comparison

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    From the second stanza on, the poet addresses the audience in a very direct way, 'explain yuself, wha yu mean'. It is almost as if Agard is assuming that the reader is one of those who look down on mixed race people and use the term 'half-caste'. On the other hand, Leonard's 'unrelated incidents' is about how people have prejudices for and against particular accents and dialects and he starts his poem with language close to Standard English, 'this is thi six a clock news', but it becomes more dialectal as it progresses.

    • Essay length: 947 words
  15. Peer reviewed

    Search For My Toungue and Hurricane Hits England Comparison

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    'It took a hurricane, to bring her closer to the landscape'. This shows that the character feels alienated and doesn't feel at home. However, Bhatt's poem starts of with a strong but conversational tone, 'you ask me...I ask you', opening a close relationship with the reader. The writer feels fear that she has lost the ability to speak for her culture and consequently questions her identity. Nichols shows that in her poem, it is the hurricanes that re connects her to her heritage. It breaks the 'frozen lake' in her. This suggests that her personality and history was turned frozen, and she felt restricted when she moved to England.

    • Essay length: 837 words
  16. Peer reviewed

    Half Caste by Agard and Search for my tongue by Bhatt use non-standard English within their writing to portray strong messages.

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    to show that the person is abrasive, direct and informal, refusing the fact that some people cannot accept who he is, acting as though having two languages is a bad thing. Agard also uses non-standard English by using repetition within "Half Caste", placing the reader on the spot as if he was speaking directly to the reader. By using the phrase, "Explain yuself, wha yu mean?" Agard creates a sense of non-standard English through repetition and the fact that the phrase is direct and places the reader on the spot, as if it is asking the opinion of the reader

    • Essay length: 659 words
  17. Peer reviewed

    Comparing Search for my Tongue and Half-Caste

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    Although another language is used, the reader can still read the poem aloud due to the phonetic translations beneath the Indian script. On the other hand, it is not a foreign language that is used in "Half", but a dialect. By combining his native Caribbean dialect with Standard English words, the poet is showing that it is also his accent he is discriminated against. There is no punctuation used in the poem to enable the reader to choose when to pause - this could results in different people reading the poem in different ways.

    • Essay length: 521 words
  18. Peer reviewed

    Poem comparision showing importance of identity

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    Walcott uses the metaphor of a stranger, which is yourself, because when you are in a relationship, you become someone else and get traits from another person. The stranger in the mirror is the person who you were before you were in a relationship. Both poems are similar because they talk about how were still ourselves before the change but will be who we are after time in "Love after love" and after getting rid the nightmares in "This room".

    • Essay length: 923 words
  19. Peer reviewed

    Dulcet decorum est

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    Both themes have a larger picture in Dulce et decorum est the larger picture is about how the soldiers are in both poems are marching and going to somewhere unknown to the reader. This leaves us curious but the emotions amplified in the poems by Owen makes it had to see the many meaning. Both tones of the poems are sad as Owen is writing about experiences which are saddening as death and leaving are both hard experiences to forget.

    • Essay length: 1002 words
  20. Peer reviewed

    The poets of both half-Caste and Search for my Tongue put a strong emphasis on the importance of personal identity. They both use similar devices to portray their personal attitudes towards the topic.

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    They both use similar devices to portray their personal attitudes towards the topic. The term 'Caste' means to be made, therefore 'Half-Caste' is a reacial term meaning half made. It is an offensive word used to descibe someone as being only half a person. John Agard opens the poem in standard English: "Excuse me standing on one leg". He chose to do this to show his diversity in culture. He later changes his language to portrayhis other culture. "Explain yuself wina yu mean". John Agard is showing his audience his pride in being from two separate cultures using language.

    • Essay length: 603 words
  21. Peer reviewed

    The Outlook of Death in three poems (Poetry Anthology comparison)

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    This denotes the eagerness with which we, as a community, sort people into categories that do not holistically represent them inside and out. The sibilant images "stocking" and "shoe" are used in conjunction to create the effect of alliteration. They are metonymical with children - vulnerable and naïve. However, this same theory is applied to her, a wise, experienced, woman. "As I move at your bidding" and "When you say in a loud voice, 'I do wish you'd try'" reveal the patronizing authority the geriatric nurse exerts over her, as if she is a child.

    • Essay length: 1808 words
  22. Peer reviewed

    Comparing Before You Were Mine and Mother, any distance

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    The quote also shows us that he's moving into a new house because I think you would usually need to carry out these measurements when moving in, but even after he will be moving into a new house and away from her security, she is still there for him, and always will be. This emphasizes that they have a strong and healthy relationship. He also talks about how he feels as he is moving further away from him mother as he is growing up, "...unreeling years between us."

    • Essay length: 488 words
  23. Peer reviewed

    'Hurricane Hits England' & Presents From...'

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    But as the storm progresses the woman 'aligns' herself with the weather gods of her past and finds herself "riding the mystery of your storm". This sense of oneness with the storm brings about a transformation in the woman's attitude. Her feelings had been like a "frozen lake" which the storm breaks up. She had felt that she was in a different place with a different landscape, but now she understands that all places are part of the same planet and she is closer to her new landscape.

    • Essay length: 769 words
  24. Compare and contrast the poems Vultures and What where they were like? Focus on the use of layout, language and literary devices

    ''Thus the Commandant at Belsen Camp going home for the day with fumes of human roast clinging rebelliously to his hairy nostrils will stop at the wayside sweet-shop and pick up a chocolate for his tender offspring waiting at home for Daddy's return ...'' L.29-38 Achebe uses the Commandant as a real example of how love and evil can co-exist as he shows that even the most evil people experience kindred love, but that love is not powerful enough to overpower the evil.

    • Essay length: 1658 words
  25. Compare the way Mary Casey and John Agard present identity in the Class Game and Half Caste

    She shows who she really is. She doesn't want to hide her identity. She writes the words that she uses and the way she talks and what sort of place she lives in. When she writes about the words her class uses, she compares them to the other class. 'Me say 'Tara' to me 'Ma' instead of 'Bye Mummy Dear'?' Mary shows how the words that are said that are intended in the same way but are different can change someone's view point and their 'Class'.

    • Essay length: 1063 words

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?
  • Compare and contrast To His Coy Mistress(TM) and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love(TM)

    "In conclusion I think that the most persuasive poem is 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' because he makes the woman feel special and he doesn't mention her losing her virginity or the idea that time is running out. Instead he implies that time is no object when you are in love with someone as beautiful as her. These poems have had a very defiant effect on me, this being that I started to look into the attitudes to love now and I thought about how and why they have changed over time. Also it immediately made me put myself in the receiving end of the poem and thought about how I would react to them individually. Words - 1441"

  • Compare the ways in which Wordsworth presents London in Upon Westminster Bridge with Blakes view of London in his poem London.

    "In my opinion both of the poetess have right to give their own opinion, like every human being. William Blake showed the bad side of London and Wordsworth the good side, both of them has right to show the differences every person got different views for certain things. Blake was showing the negative things to show what makes him angry as Wordsworth has made his poem calm and enjoyable for everyone. Angelika Zadranowicz"

  • Compare two poems, "From Stone to Steel" by E.J. Pratt and "Overture" by F.R. Scott.

    "In conclusion, obviously, poets use different devices to decorate their poem. Both poems are really different from each other. One is dark and the other is light. They contrast a lot on this point. The poets use different devices to specify on certain important aspect of the poem. Page 1 of 4"

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