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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.

    • Word count: 921
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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.

    • Word count: 648
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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.

    • Word count: 589
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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".

    • Word count: 877
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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.

    • Word count: 663
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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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    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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  10. 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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  11. 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.

    • Word count: 734
  12. 'Lament is concerned with the tension between the human and the natural. Discuss.

    The fact that the tutle is in 'search of a breeding-ground' emphasises how there are few safe places that have been unaffected by the humans. The first stanza as a whole, due to the representation of the dangers impeded onto a new life, indicates how the human has created tension upon natural life, represented in the first stanza through the turtle. In literal terms, this shows how the nest, normally associated with safety, has been contaminated, just like the oil has contaminated the sea, due to the human.

    • Word count: 868
  13. Read Full Moon and Little Frieda by Ted Hughes. In what way do you think Hughes conveys his feelings for Frieda on such a magical evening? What makes the poem special of you?

    This poem illustrates, and paints a picture of this beautiful evening and conveys Ted Hughes feeling's for little Frieda in a number of ways. The poem begins with a small evening that shrinks "to a dog bark the clank of a bucket" which indicates how the smallness of little Frieda contributes to the smallness of the evening. The small, cool evening also implies that the poet is referring a tiny fragment of an evening, and the bark of the dog and clank of the bucket are sounds that were a part of that particular fragment.

    • Word count: 667
  14. A Road Not Taken

    All poems use symbols to represent thoughts or ideas in a more creative way, in "A Road Not Taken" the whole poem is a symbol, and has many symbols weaved throughout the poem. The main symbol in the poem is the two roads Frost comes upon in the woods. A fork in the road symbolizes that there are two options, and you can't do both at the same time.

    • Word count: 580
  15. Iolaire Essay on the theme Loss of Faith

    The persona is not sure what has happened and is bewildered by what he can see. The poet then describes the waves coming in as "thin and white, unravelling towards the shore". This is significant because it symbolises the lives of the community and how their lives will fall apart at the discovery of the deaths of their relatives. The metaphor also hints to the reader that the Elder's faith is unravelling. It implies the persona's faith in God is disintegrating as a result of these deaths. This compels the reader to feel sympathy towards the Elder as we see how terrible it is to have your faith shaken.

    • Word count: 618
  16. First Love

    * We get the impression that the character becomes angry and is filled with rage. This is indicated in the first line 'and blood rushed to my face'. * We also learn that this man is powerless to the fact that this woman could break up with him and he would not be able to prevent this. Stanza 3: * In the final stanza Clare talks about his experience and depression as the love is unreciprocated. * In the final verse, the character is depressed due to the relationship ending as he cannot make this girl love him.

    • Word count: 954
  17. Ode to a nightingale themes

    His 'numbness' is not from envy of the nightingale's happiness but from over sharing the happiness, he is 'too happy' from listening to the song. He tries to avoid pain though his imagination, at first you may see the bird a reality but as you go though the poem you can see that it is more than that, it's symbolic.

    • Word count: 426
  18. Perch and Pike

    In "Pike" he describes the fish with 'green' stripes 'tigering the gold' body. This in itself is symbolic: a tiger is a beautiful, deadly predator, that seemingly doesn't care what or whom its prey is. This suggests to the reader that while nature can be beautiful, it is also deadly and vicious. The tiger is also one of the strongest big cats on the planet, signifying the strength and power of nature. Heaney reinforces this by comparing the pike to a monster 'hung in an amber cavern'. The cavern of the monster very often is home to a great, precious, striking treasure; yet at the same time the monster reminds any who hope to posses the wealth of the cavern; that great beauty is not without its complications and dangers.

    • Word count: 839
  19. The Equalization of Death

    Furthermore, the opening lines bring to mind the image of something coming to its usual end. Also, the images of a housewife that is busy or "no children run to lisp their sire's return," (Line 23) helps us understand how humans always have a tendency to imagine how their lives might have been. It is, certainly, quite natural to have this kind of wonderment.

    • Word count: 420
  20. Dover Beach Analysis

    The first stanza can be separated into two parts. In the first part in line one to line six Arnold describes the movements of the sea in a some what positive way. The words "to-night" (l. 1), "moon" (l.2) and "night-air" (l.6) show that it is night, this create a very peaceful mood, because the poet uses adjectives such as "fair", "tranquil" and "calm". Matthew Arnold uses a metaphor "Gleams" and "Glimmering" (l.4/5), to show the calm atmosphere of the first six lines.

    • Word count: 683
  21. At Castle Boterel Response

    Line six through ten. The writer along with a "girlish form" is climbing the slope. Climbing may represent some difficulty in their relationship. "Dry March weather" supports this assumption. The word 'benighted' in line six could mean either taken over by night, or unenlightened. Or, in this case, both. The couple had no idea of life, or of how short it could prove to be. These lines are dark and heavy. The sturdy pony is an image of his former happiness, which would soon sigh and slow. Lines eleven to fifteen introduce us to the word death.

    • Word count: 674
  22. First love

    During his time there, he had been said to think he was Lord Bryon (Mary Joyce's actual husband). She was the daughter of a wealthy farmer who did not approve of him. His infatuated love for her drove him to insanity. The poem talks about the first time he laid his eye upon her. In the essay, I will discuss how the poet uses language to create a dramatic portrayal of his love. The first stanza is full of terms with vibrant connotations. The poet uses this to create a jovial atmosphere and help the reader determine his emotions at that time.

    • Word count: 504
  23. Futility Analysis

    He starts with what is seemingly a more optimistic, gentle sentiment- the hope that a dead man can be woken up ("Move him into the sun/ Gently its touch awoke him once,") But that, of course, is impossible, the young life cannot be given back by the sun's warmth. He is already "too hard to stir," (like Rosenberg's dead man "sunk too deep") and nothing can revive him. The over arching emotion, therefore, is of a different quality to Rosenberg's shock and anguish; it is devastatingly poignant, pathetic.

    • Word count: 608

    The poem uses powerful imagery to convey the opinion and message of the poet. Metaphor "Bars of rage" symbolizes the anger and frustration of the enslaved not having the freedom to express the feelings. The "Narrow Cage" is used to describe the claustrophobic society in which the suffocated captives are subjugated to humiliation and denied equality in life or society.

    • Word count: 474
  25. Romeo and Juliet

    leer and Romeo and Juliet, this is because it sustained the interest of Shakespeare's audience and the conflict continues to captivate people's attention today. In Romeo and Juliet, conflict is a major theme; this is because the whole drama is about the "ancient grudge" between the two families. From a long time hatred there has grown a new love and bonding. The families of Romeo and Juliet hated each other for years and years then they were joined through the deaths of the two youths.

    • Word count: 864

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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