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    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.

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    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.

    • Word count: 1729
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    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.

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    '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.

    • Word count: 1292
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    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.

    • Word count: 1785
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    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.

    • Word count: 1009
  5. 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.

    • Word count: 1277
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    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.

    • Word count: 1471
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    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.

    • Word count: 1002
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    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 na�ve. 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.

    • Word count: 1808
  9. 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'.

    • Word count: 1063
  10. "Search for my tongue" and "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" comparison.

    She, like Bhatt, is forced to live with two cultures and is unsure of how she fits into either. Unlike, Search for my Tongue, in Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan the symbol of her identity is clothing. The clothing from Pakistan is portrayed as vibrant and rich with "peacock blue" and "candy striped bangles"; in contrast the English clothes are admired for the comfort they bring her because they make her feel like she fits in. The whole poem focuses on the balance between English and Pakistani life in this way. Unlike Alvi, who seems confused by her lack of identity, Bhatt presents her conflict in a determined way.

    • Word count: 1323
  11. Comparing Not My Business with Nothings Changed and how they demonstrate strong attitudes and feelings about how individuals are treated in society

    Unlike 'Nothing's Changed', 'Not My Business' is not written auto-biographically, infact the narrator has the complete opposite attitude towards discrimination and politics in Nigeria. Ironically, the title 'Not My Business', although agreeing with the narrator's view; "What business of mine is it?", it actually contradicts the purpose of the poem, that it SHOULD be our business, and we should care about mistreatment in our societies, no matter which level it is on, whether it's bullying or racism. In the UK people are not afraid to speak up about their feelings and attitudes to things.

    • Word count: 1311
  12. Snakes and Pigeons Poetry comparision

    So at the moment Lawrence doesn't like the snake. In the poem snake, "...On a hot, hot day ..." sets the scene of where this is happening, the country is very hot. In the second stanza, there are a lot of 's' sounds and they carry through the stanzas like a snake and thy also tell you about the snake, "... slackness soft-bellied...", you can imagine the snakes belly, "slackness" makes the snake seem effortless and "soft-bellied" gives the effect of imagery, as you can almost imagine yourself touching the snakes belly.

    • Word count: 1354
  13. Blessing and Island Man

    Also, in the third stanza, commas are omitted in the line 'every man woman child' to show the urgency of everyone in the village, who seize this opportunity to grab water. Imtiaz Dharker does use commas however when describing the different materials that the pots are made of. This makes it seem as if, even though Dharker only describes five vessels, there are a multitude of pots and buckets being used. Throughout the third stanza, the lines are free-flowing, and run into each other like the water which is being described. 'Island Man's structure is also a fairly irregular one.

    • Word count: 1248
  14. Not My Business and 'District 6' compared.

    Furthermore the poet uses 'stuffed him down the belly' to make the reader feel as though the government are like predators waiting to leap at anyone who opposes them. Osundare also uses this stanza to elaborate on the soldiers' relentlessness towards the people, 'beat him soft like clay.' He uses this line to show the cruelty and injustice laid upon the people, because of the abuse of power and violence used to discourage individuals who resist them. The word 'clay' helps to describe the methods of torture used to punish attempts at what the government calls transgression.

    • Word count: 1739
  15. What Methods Do the Poets of 'Who's For the Game?' and 'Fall In' Use to Persuade the Men of the Time to Join the British Army?

    This is emotional blackmail. It's saying that all the girls will be interested in the men that fought in the war and not those who were too afraid. So this affects the reader emotionally. Also, both poems use personal pronouns. For example, in 'Who's for the Game?' it says, 'Your country is up to her neck in a fight, And she's looking and calling for you' and in 'Fall In' it says, 'What will you lack, sonny, what will you lack, When for you the girls line up the street' and throughout the poem it refers to its captive audience as 'sonny'.

    • Word count: 1512
  16. 6 Way Poetry Comparative Essay - Stages of Life Thesis

    Four out of the six poems discussed have repetition. Repetition is used to reinforce an idea or theme that the poet is trying to convey or illustrate to the reader. In 'Prayer Before Birth' and 'I Felt a Funeral in My Brain' repetition is used to emphasize the situation the narrator is dealing with. 'Prayer Before Birth' has a systematic repetitive system. The phrase 'I'm not yet born' is repeated in the beginning of every stanza, excluding the last one, indicating that the poet has still not seen the world outside.

    • Word count: 1576
  17. Pre-war Poetry coursework

    He continues his feeling of unhappiness by saying 'One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk' - Lethe being the a river in Hades (the Greek underworld); souls about to be reincarnated drank from it to forget their past lives. It's as though he is trying to reveal to the reader that he wishes to forget the past as it has caused him so much pain! Stanza 2 goes straight into the fact that he wishes to escape - escape the pain that this reality of life is, escape the fact that death must come and pain it causes.

    • Word count: 1084
  18. Two Scavengers and Nothings Changed both use language and layout to convey the writers ideas about class differences.

    These short, sharp, monosyllabic words reflect the feel of the stones (perhaps the remnants of the bull-dozed District 6). Later in the poem when his anger has mounted: Hands burn / for a stone/ a bomb. Again, monosyllabic words are used to create short, hard phrases that reflect his anger. In contrast, the tone in 'Two Scavengers' is rather detached; whereas Afrika is writing from personal experience in the first person; Ferlignhetti writes in the third person as he's watching the classes from a distance. Therefore, he adopts a detached tone. Language and layout function to show a division between the classes or people presented.

    • Word count: 1501
  19. Both Nothing's Changed and Two Scavengers deal with social injustices, however, there are some big differences between them.

    They wonder if they'd ever be seen as equals as they wonder if the democracy of America really works. The social injustice in the poem is the way the different classes are each treated differently. The first stanza of "Nothing's Changed" is setting the scene as the writer walks towards his old home. We can tell that the area is now a wasteland by what the writer treads over (like the cans and weeds) on his walk back home. We can tell he's angry from how his old home has turned out from when he says, "The hot, white, inwards turning anger of my eyes", as he knows he has returned home.

    • Word count: 1484
  20. Poem Comparison

    Upper class stayed upper classes; lower class stayed lower class and middle class stayed middle class. The only exception was marriage however it was rare for social classes to mix. It is clear in the poem that Porphryia is from a higher social class than 'the lover.' "From pride, and vainer ties dissever." Although it does not tell us what the ties are, we could assume they are social ties. For example Porphyria is the one going to meet the lover and leaving him at the end suggesting she has another life. Their affair is set in the middle of nowhere in a cottage to obviously to hide the adultery they are committing.

    • Word count: 1209
  21. Comparing stealing and the laboratory

    She takes pleasure in watching its preparation and it's determined to enjoy her revenge. This is similar to 'Stealing' as both poems get the thrill out of unpleasant things; killing her lover and knowing that children will cry over the snowman. I believe that 'Stealing' and 'The Laboratory' have completely different structures. In 'Stealing' there are 5 stanzas whereas in 'The Laboratory' had 12 stanzas. I feel as though 'Stealing' is set out like an interview, as if he was in trouble with the police, or even his parents.

    • Word count: 1190
  22. How do the authors of Dulce Et Decorum Est and Electricity Comes To Cocoa Bottom use descriptive detail, and to what effect?

    He also says that they "[fit] the clumsy helmets just in time" which again, makes the reader realise that no one really wants to wear them but are forced to put them on, which contrasts with the generalised perception of a soldier at war; always willing and ready. Owen pairs this juxtaposition with personification, when he describes the helmets as "clumsy". This is ironic, as again instead of being alert and prepared, it is the soldiers who are clumsy. The words "green sea" imply slush and swamp-like 'decaying' conditions - unsuitable for young men as well as highly dangerous.

    • Word count: 1865
  23. on different cultures and traditions

    Sujata Bhatt wrote half in English and half in Gujarati, but under each line there was a translation in English of how to read it for people who cannot read Gujarati. So, what both poets are trying to state is that, it does not matter if you are not in your own country, even if you are absent from your homeland, your culture will always stay with you, no matter what. Even though the two poems are similar in most ways, these poems differ from each other in some ways.

    • Word count: 1748
  24. Compare the ways in which Wordsworth presents London in Upon Westminster Bridge with Blakes view of London in his poem London.

    Wordsworth had a sad life because when he was around 8 years his mother died, and when he was 13 his father died, when he visited London that could be a runaway from problems that he might have and be able to forget about the sad moments. He also might feel that he is not overruled by somebody else, he could feel free. Both of the poems are about London but both of them got different background. Blake see the negative side when he written 'Blasts the new-born Infant's tear' by this quote we can tell that every one live with a fear.

    • Word count: 1005
  25. Compare and Contrast `Nothing Changed ` and `Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes`. Is segregation the focus of these poems?

    Whereas ` Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes` tells us straight away that it's going to be about segregation , as well as that there are two groups of people, as well as something is going to go on about them, we can also see that the author is going to talk about rich and poor people. In poem `Nothing changed ` there is loads of violent language being used, as well as we could see how the author is pointing out the segregation.

    • Word count: 1518

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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