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    Critical Analysis of The Forge by Seamus Heaney

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    or Petrarchan (abba abba cde cde) sonnet form. The unrhymed 11th line He leans out on the jam, recalls a clatter is perhaps the most striking feature of the rhyme scheme, and, combined with the poem's second run-on, serves to emphasise the cacophony and disorder of the remembered horse-drawn carriages. The threefold full rhyme nose/rows/bellows gives a pleasing finality to the end of the poem, especially in contrast to other lines which tend more to half-rhyme (square/altar, dark/sparks). The metre of the poem is the standard iambic pentameter, but it is used flexibly, to good effect.

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    English Literature Coursework - Nostalgia

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    This indicates that the poet yearns for the past and he feels less of a man when he reminisces. It also suggests that when he remembers his childhood and his memories rush towards him, reducing him to tears. In Poem at Thirty-Nine, the speaker remembers how she "learned to see bits of paper as a way to escape the life he knew". This shows that she remembers lessons like the value of money, cooking and honesty that her father taught her about life, before his death. In Crabbit Old Woman, the old lady recollects all the main events that took place in her life in chronological order because she wants to make the nurses "look closer" and "see" her and not the "crabbit old woman".

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    Discuss the Ways in Which the Poets Convey the Loss of Human Dignity in 'Refugee Blues' and 'Disabled'

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    Physical abilities greatly affects ones self-esteem. It seems that the ex soldier has very low self esteem and possible paranoia as he envies those 'strong men that were whole'. The man has lost confidence in himself because he can't do anything or go anywhere. His low self confidence is also due to things he notices, like how the women 'touch' him 'like some queer disease'. He feels isolated and unwanted. The reason behind the loss of human dignity for the German Jews in 'Refugee Blues' during World War II is that they were at the mercy of others and don't have any identification documents i.e.

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    Lady of Shalott Analysis

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    Throughout part one, stanza one to four, there are many imagery used to help create a clear vision for the readers. For example, a metaphor, such as, "Long fields of barley and of rye, that clothe the wold and meet the sky" suggests that the fields cover their world. It creates a wonderful image. This section of the poem also deals what the Lady of Shalott appears to the outer world. It shows that the Lady is isolated with the rest of the world by "four grey walls, and four grey towers", and the "silent isle" indicates that the island is cut off from everyone else.

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    Short story on The Charge of the Light Brigade poem

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    I will never forget the look on Tim's face when he said goodbye. This is what I was fighting for; I was fighting for my life, I was fighting for them. *** ...I remember the first time I met James, we were working together on the construction site, it was his first day and I was the one to "show him the ropes". At first I was uncertain of his character, but I grew to like him and we soon became the best of friends. I can recall one particular day at the construction site.

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    Compare and contrast the presentation of childhood memories in half past two, piano and my parents kept me from children who were rough focusing on the poets use of language, form and structure.

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    The use of the words 'longed' and 'never' show that he is looking back to that time and is hurt that they never said sorry. In contrast to that 'Half past two' is about an exploration of a child's mind. Fanthorpe shows this in the sixth stanza, 'He knew the clock face, the little eyes and two long legs walking but he couldn't click its language.' This description of the clock face shows that the writer is explaining a young child's mind of how they were taught how to tell the time.

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    Of Mice and Men Essay

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    He would be lost without George, who is also half of Lennie's size, guiding him or telling him what to do. The term "blood" from the passage "Blood welled from his nose," resembles pain, and a sensation of severe physical discomfort, and that is exactly what Lennie was going through at that particular moment. Lennie was in a situation than he could not get out of himself, he could never comprehend or anticipate the consequences of his actions without the help of George.

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    compare the way love is presented in 'valentine' and 'sonnet130'

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    This line is on its own which could mean that it is important and has been left on its own to stand out to the reader. The second stanza then starts by saying 'I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper'. The writer uses juxtaposition to compare an onion to a 'moon wrapped in brown paper'. The onion represents love and is symbolic and carol Ann Duffy makes the onion seem like a very special thing rather than just an onion.

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    Analysis of "Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare.

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    And just like actors in a play, the people make their appearances and go away i.e. they are born into this world and die. Because Jacques looks more towards the negative, he mentions death as in "exit" first and then birth or "entrance". This is because he looks at life's negativities closely. And so, this man, a player who has probably made an entrance plays seven main parts in his life. These parts are referred to as acts as in the line "And one man in his time plays many parts. His act being seven ages." When the child is born, he is an infant who does nothing but cry and throw up as per Jacques.

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    Analysis of "Preludes" by Thomas Sterns Elliot.

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    This is how the poet sees the modern world. The city is crowded and smelly and congested. The word "smell" as in the line "with smells of steaks in passageways" doesn't sound very inviting and seems like the smell of steaks is not very pleasant so we see that the poet is again trying to create an image if something that's dying. 6 o clock is twilight time which immediately forms an image of the end of day and is an obvious image that indicates decaying in the reader's mind. The "burnt out ends metaphorically refer to the end of the day. The word "smoky" strikes a negative image.

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    Planting a Sequoia

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    The first stanza is about just after his son has died and he and his brothers are burying the son. This stanza contains very dull imagery. An example of this is in line 3 when the narrator says "rain blackened the horizon, but cold winds kept it over the Pacific". This quote sets the overall atmosphere of the poem. It indicates that winter is coming and depicts a very miserable and negative image. The weather and the seasons represent how the narrator is feeling at that point in time.

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    Carpet Weavers Morocco

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    In the first stanza Rumens describes what the children who weave the carpets are like. Looms are the machine on which carpets are made but in the poem they have a second meaning which is that another world is coming into view for them. 'Another world' could be talking about their dreams. The fact that they have oiled and braided hair could indicate that the children don't have time or money to cut their hair so they braid it. 'Their dresses bright' is a metaphor for happiness as bright and colourful things are thought to be happy and joyful.

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    Compare and contrast the ways in which war is presented in 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade', 'Vox Militantis' and 'Drummer Hodge'.

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    Drummer Hodge is a very reflective poem and the only activity in the poem, Drummer Hodge being buried, only takes up two lines, showing not only that the burial was short and unceremonious but also that all of the activity of war is finished. The rest of the poem is about how strange it is that the drummer is now going to rest in this foreign, exotic land. The poet seems fascinated with the idea that this plain boy gave his life for a strange, alien, exotic foreign land and will be forever fused with it.

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    In the Snack Bar.

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    Another important part of this poem is the way in which he describes the blind man's appearance. He describes by, for example, personifying the hump on the man's back by saying that it "looms" over him which gives the impression that his hump is almost controlling him. He also contrasts the man "shambling uncouth" to the "clinical gleam" of the toilet and says "his brooding reflection darkens the mirror" One simile he uses is saying the old man is "like a monstrous animal caught in a tent".

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    Romantic Poetry Analysis. John Keats On First Looking into Chapmans Homer reflects the many aspects of Romanticism

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    As this essay will now show. The poem expresses the intensity of Keat's experience and reveals his love of poetry. "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" opens with the phrase "Much have I travelled in the realms of gold". "Realms of gold" is a metaphor implying world riches. This phrase also symbolises the world of literature and imagination which symbolises the world of literature and imagination which Keats is greatly passionate about. The term "godly" in the phrase "many godly states and kingdoms seen" gives a pleasing appearance and raises its standards to a high level of appreciation.

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    Hunting snake is the poem written by Judith Wright, an Australian environmentalist, who shares her amazing encounter with a great black snake.

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    The personification "late season's grace" makes the season seem like it is a graceful and a pleasant human being. The second line of the poem "under the autumn's gentlest sky" also suggests that the poet loves the nature and respects it too as she has used the adjective "gentlest" to describe the sky. These first two lines also implies that the day had been pleasant and normal until the poet encountered the "great black snake" after which she was mesmerized by him.

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    Farmhand by James Baxter. The poem is about a farmhand who is portrayed to be a very ambivalent character. He is unhappy and rather diffident in certain situations and extremely confident and gloriously happy in others.

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    But as the poet helps us observe him closer and find him " Looking out into the secret night" and " always his eyes turning to the dance floor and the girls" we realize that the farmhand is not as he appears to be. It is obvious that he desires and longs to be inside but something is holding him back. Describing girls as "drifting like flowers" shows how he is able to appreciate their beauty and grace inspite of his work and natural settings being devoid of them.

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    romeo and juliet newspaper article

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    Why the fight broke out! The reason, supposedly, for the fight was that there was an annual masked ball of the Capulet and Romeo crashed it. A member of Tybalt's family says they overheard a conversation where Tybalt said he 'swore revenge against Romeo'. Romeo, a Montague, Tybalt a Capulet mainly fought the fight, along with a friend of Romeo's - Mercutio.

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    She dwelt among the untrodden ways-Analysis

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    The use of the word 'untrodden' tells us that she did not presume a 'normal' lifestyle, or she chose to do something that was not accepted by society. To be precise, we can say that she chose an 'extraordinary' or 'unique' way of life which could be called 'eccentric' by some. If we look closely at the sounds in the first stanza, we see that the first set of words 'She dwelt among the' create very soft sounds possibly indicating what the persona thought about her or her grace and beauty.

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    Compare Themes of "Love and Loss" from "When we two Parted" by Lord Byron and "first Love" by John Clare

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    His title lends a tone of hope, which is ultimately crushed, making it an ironic title. The regular 'ABABCDCD' rhyming scheme of both these poems lends a feeling of constant loss and desolation. Enjambment is used to mirror the chaos of the poet's feelings, in "When we two parked". "First Love" has punctuation marks after almost every line, mirroring the poet's innocence. Both the poems use vivid imagery of cold. "First Love" uses 'snow' and 'winter' to mirror desolation after the first exhilaration of love; and the snow symbolises the death of the poet's love.

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    A case of murder.

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    The poem 'A Case of Murder' was written by Vernon Scannell in narrative form. This poem is about a boy who is only nine years old and is left alone with a cat in his parent's basement flat. The cat for many reasons annoys the boy and the poet shows this clearly in the poem. In the end, the boy couldn't stand the cat and hits it with his fathers stick. After he then killed the cat by snapping it in the door he hides it in the cupboard under the stairs and then, possibly realizing what he has done, starts to cry.

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  22. The poet Edgar Guest had a significant life. Although many people have not heard of his name, he was still one of the most widely published and accessible poets during the 19th and 20th century

    Later, Edgar's father died when he was seventeen years old and Edgar had to drop out of high school to support himself and his family so he started to work full time at the Detroit Free Press where he stayed for the next 60 years (Poets.org). He worked his way up quickly working through several jobs and eventually achieved a higher position. Edgar was soon known as the "scrappy reporter in a competitive town" (Poemhunter.com). Then on December 11th 1898 his first poem appeared in a newspaper column creating his remarkable career.

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  23. Compare how death or the threat of death is presented in the poems you have studied?

    This is similar to Browning's poem, 'The Laboratory', in which we see the persona, a rampaging maniac who is ready to kill her husbands' mistress. The stanzas could be envisioned as a clock. There are12 stanzas and as the stanzas progress so does her dire craze for her husband's mistresses death increases and almost takes over. The readers are left to imagine the evil within the persona and the depth she would go to into killing. On the other hand, 'November' creates a calm and loving ambiance around the theme of death.

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  24. How is disturbing behavior portrayed?

    He is envious of the hitch hiker's easy life "following the sun to west from east", even though the characters are very similar- "the same age, give or take a week". He is completely calm and unrepentant towards the situation, backed up by his mimicking phrase of the radio "The outlook for the day was moderate to fair", which could represent his outlook on life after the murder, which is also seen as an example of very disturbing behaviour. The laboratory gives us a glimpse into the lab of a poison maker, where a furious and obviously deranged woman is ordering the making of a poison, to kill her husband's lover.

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  25. Compare the ways feelings are presented in two poems from List A and two from List B.

    'The Laboratory's' structure is also set around a certain number of lines, which in this case is four. These stanzas however, incorporate varying sentence length, relating to the fragmented and confused mind of the woman. Both poems use enjambment to show the feelings depicted by the poems central character; in 'Hitcher' it is used to highlight the constant flow of consciousness inherited by the driver, suggesting that the driver is perfectly aware of the atrocities he very soon commits and therefore relating to the idea that nobody is born evil, it is rather the experiences in life which cause these crimes to be undertook.

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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 two poems from other cultures

    "Conclusion The "Hurricane hits England" is mainly talking about a woman travelling by boat to England from British Guiana. The hurricane that woman witnessed was very violent and destructive, yet it has created something positive inside the woman and given her hope of being accepted in her new homeland. She finds the hurricane liberating as well as disturbing: she "rides the mystery" of the storm, and feels that a "frozen lake" inside her is being broken up. The author is very effective in explaining how worried she is moving to a completely strange country. The "Half-Caste" poem talks about what does half-caste mean? John Agard tries to get the point across that half-castes are perceived as half a person, but later in the poem the author says they are in fact a whole person. The poem relies on comparisons to make us see how wrong it is to judge things that are in contrasting colours as only "half" worthy. He uses examples of great and famous artists like Picasso and Tchaikovsky. The author is effective in describing that half-castes are not "half a person" and how he dislikes the phrase half-caste."

  • Compare the poets(TM) attitudes to child/parent relationships in two or more of your choice.

    "I think that women can relate to both of these poems, and the poets achieve this in different ways. They cover the themes of life, excitement, evolution, new starts, mystery, confrontations; relationships and the struggle that comes with love which many women experience when pregnant. Consequently, 'You're,' relates to the baby being in the womb and the anticipation of the birth, which I think is the most effective theme in this poem. To sum up, 'Catrin,' I would say that to make relationships work you need to work at them and with all kinds of love, there comes difficulties. These poems may seem very similar on the surface, but if you look in more detail, they have many differences."

  • Discuss the Ways the Poet Explores the Theme of Social Injustice in Caged Bird

    "In conclusion, I think that the poet effectively explored the theme of social injustice and indicated the situation of her race by applying different techniques. One way is by creating rhyme and half rhyme. Secondly, is by using enjambment and rhythm. Another way is by using metaphors and imagery. And last but not least, is by the literal meaning of the whole metaphor. Written by: Fajer A."

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