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  1. Analysis of 'From me to you' by Rita Anyiam

    Notice her "i"s are not capitalized, as if saying she is not important enough to be acknowledged as such. She uses her words very effectively "so much how much, how much so much", it is as if she is showing, how women are fluid, they sell themselves, and that she has sold herself to a man. The second stanza, the first line shows that it has changed from days to days, into nights and nights, this shows lack of light. as you read it, you feel the passing of time, it's short. "Disposing", the man is executing, getting rid of the women individuality, and this makes her feel alone.

    • Word count: 736
  2. Analysis of 'My parents kept me from children who were rough' by Stephen Harold spender

    In the first paragraph the poet introduces some of the things the children do. The poet writes about them throwing "Words like Stones", this indicates that the language would hurt him, it was insulting. He also writes about how they dress and take off their clothes. The children wear rags and 'torn clothes', these boys wore such torn and ragged clothes that he could actually see their thighs where the clothes were torn. "They ran in the street", as a middle class boy, his parents probably would not allow him to play in the streets. "And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams", these boys could go wherever they wanted, without parental supervision.

    • Word count: 721
  3. From the poems studied on the theme of Love and Relationships, compare one poem written pre-1914 with another written post-1914, in terms of the ideas presented and the ways in which each poet has chosen to express their ideas effectively.

    In the beginning of the poem, the tone is calm, and positive 'it promises light' but it develops a more sinister feeling as the failures, or the difficulties of love are considered. Duffy uses words as 'Lethal' to describe love at that point. Duffy uses an extended metaphor to interpret love, she compares her love and relationship to an onion, and this is used throughout the poem. She gives a list of similarities throughout e.g. 'its scent will cling to your fingers' Here Duffy rejects the connotation of love and the traditional symbols that represent it, and she shows us

    • Word count: 708
  4. Discuss the Ways the Poet Explores the Theme of Social Injustice in Caged Bird

    This happens as a result of half rhyme where the reader thinks there should be rhyme and there isn't, like "sing" and "cage". Another way the poet explores the theme of social injustice is by rhythm and enjambment. The rhythm in the first part of the poem is quick. It then slows in the second part of the poem. The slowing of the rhythm creates an anti-climax which indicates the lack of hope and irritation sensed by the caged bird.

    • Word count: 543
  5. Zig zag moonfleet poem

    meeting Square in the head, he was dead John got shot in the leg REFRAIN So old Elezvir lifted John And climbed the hills

    • Word count: 154
  6. Those Winter Sundays

    His suffering is further emphasized by the word 'blue black' (made-up word or neologism) used to describe the cold. Also, the consonance, 'cracked, ached, cold, chronic', which has a hard "c" sound which once again, emphasizes his pain and discomfort. At the end of the stanza there is a shocking statement, 'no one ever thanked him', emphasized by the shortness of the sentence. This is unexpected and brings a sense of regret from the poet.

    • Word count: 558
  7. Analysis Of CarpetWeavers Morroco

    The depiction of inequality prevails throughout the poem. The simile, "They watch their flickering knots like television," shows inequality in the world. Television is what richer children watch as entertainment. However, the young carpet-weavers consider watching their work like television - for long never-ending hours - as their only form of entertainment. "As the garden of Islam grows," is one of the most important lines in the poem, and it makes use of a key literary device - irony.

    • Word count: 523
  8. Comparing two poems 'Island Man' and 'Blessing'

    Firstly, 'Island Man' could be taken in the literal sense, meaning what he is 'a man from the Caribbean'. Or it could mean how lost the man is in London, like an island in the sea. The mood in blessing on the surface is cheerful, and celebratory. This is because the people are getting water, which they have not had for a long time. The poet has used imagery creation in line 3 with 'Imagine the drip of it', which symbolises the water dripping. It shows a happy and peaceful picture, with the language used in the first stanza.

    • Word count: 977
  9. Look again at the poem Remember which is about death and relationships, also look at the poem Remberance which is of similar themes. Look closely at the way the authors have used imagery and structure. Compare and contrast how

    The line "Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad." Shows us that she, in a way, doesn't want her partner to be sad. This is kind of hypocritical of this poem. She tells us that she doesn't have another choice to get out of this bad relationship and yet she doesn't want him to suffer. She is obviously a very kind person which makes me feel all the more emotive towards her. "Remembrance" is telling us a story of a girl who has lost a very dear person to death and we find her pondering suicide herself.

    • Word count: 731
  10. Ballard of Kissing Kate Barlow

    Kate My work loads rather full Could I come another day Just come to my door and call Rain is forecast for the week My roof is very leaky It's imperative you visit soon My children are quite peaky So later on that autumn day His tool-box at the ready Sam climbed upon the school-house roof Kate shouted "You go steady" In return for Sam's fine work Spiced peaches were to follow Kate gathered up her recent batch There may be more tomorrow!

    • Word count: 527
  11. Do you agree with the poet of vultures that good and evil can exist side by side in nature?

    If a predator does not kill anything he cannot support himself or his family and will eventually perish, this is like the Nazi in the concentration camp at Belsen, mentioned in the poem(lines 30-50). The commandant is mercilessly killing Jews in order to support his family. In his own mind the Nazi is doing the right thing by supporting his family, but it is at the cost of annihilating thousands of innocent people which tips the scales towards the Nazi doing more evil than good.

    • Word count: 777
  12. A striking old man

    By bringing out the advantages and good points of the grandfather clock, the poet captures my attention, arousing my interest to find out more about the service the grandfather clock renders. The poet also mentioned, in line nine, that the previous household owners of the grandfather clock "got tired of him". Although it is natural for someone to lose interest and liking for a particular object when it has been around for a very long time, it also shows the previous household who took the grandfather clock for granted.

    • Word count: 709
  13. Analysis on Lake Isle of Innisfree

    Like the spirit after death, rising to heaven. The poem was popularly believed to be a suicide poem. Maybe Innisfree is where he would like to be buried, like the old Celtic kings. However, unlike Solomon, who was united with the Shulamite Maid, Yeats was still longing for his soul to find its completion. He wishes to go to Innisfree to live a pastoral, free life. Even the name of the place he desires to go deliberately contains the word 'free'. He will build his shelter himself, the reader knows this by reading from the second line onwards, for everything will be natural honest and solid It will be build out of wood and mud and clay.

    • Word count: 820
  14. Carpet weavers morocco

    This world that they are in is not one many other children around the world are bounded to. Carol describes them to be of all ages and heights as she uses a metaphor in line three for "Their assorted heights would make a melodious chime." The use of a musical instrument compared with the children gives an image of assortment. That their heights are varied and if lined up would look a little like a wooden wind instrument. At the beginning of stanza two an important word is used 'Flickering 'it is used as onomatopoeia.

    • Word count: 633
  15. Wedding in the Flood

    Verse 2 is given over mainly to the voice of the bridegroom, who is presented negatively through the use of the word "gloats" and through his appearance based, mercenary, blaming attitude; "If only her face matches her hands, and she gives me no mother-in-law problems, I'll forgive her the cot and the trunk and looking glass. Will the rain never stop? It was my luck to get a pot licking wench." It is interesting to see that the references to the proverb and the dowry are less positive in this verse; plainly this is not the dowry the bridegroom wanted, and he takes the proverb seriously rather that seeing it as quaint.

    • Word count: 928

    This verse repeats a line from the second stanza and I think the poet has done this to make the meaning of the poem stand out. It shows you all the way through that nothing has changed. Afrika has used many poetic devices and things to help move the poem along, in the second stanza the first line is very abrupt "District six". This tells you what the verse will be about then in the same stanza the poet repeats the word and at the beginning of four sentences for cumulative effect.

    • Word count: 956
  17. Philip Larkin Whitsun Weddings Analysis

    short-shadowed cattle, and canals with floatings of industrial froth". Larkin's writing attunes us to his senses, enabling us to feel at one with what he sees, smells and hears. "All afternoon, through the tall heat that slept for miles inland"; Larkin further develops the languid feeling as his train crawls through the English countryside in a "slow and stopping curve southwards" towards London.

    • Word count: 528
  18. Analysis of Lee(TM)s Persimmons

    Lee had pleasant memories of his mother's crafts and his father's art. I noticed that italics denoted speech. The first thing I detected on a second, closer reading was that not all the spoken parts were italicized and that Lee had incorporated shape into the printed poem. Lee divides the poem into twelve sections each containing an individualized piece of his picture. When he brings the poem to the present talking of his lover he mentions teaching her Chinese. However, he doesn't completely remember his language-while he puts the Chinese translations in italics the repeated "I've forgotten" (24, 25)

    • Word count: 601
  19. Analysis of Analysis of Pat Mora(TM)s La Migra

    Despite both interpretations being decently supported by the text, I support the first for a few key reasons. The piece is broken into two parts, I and II, which clearly defines there being two speakers. Each section presents a different version of the same game-the first is from the masculine perspective where the female is "the Mexican maid" (3) whom he can sexually assault because he has boots, handcuffs, and a gun (15-17). The second is the female perspective where, despite the patrol man's power, his "jeep has a flat" (22) and he doesn't speak Spanish so he's unable to interpret the woman saying where there is water.

    • Word count: 529
  20. Response to Anthem for Doomed Youth

    This poem explodes the fantasized images of war by juxtaposing the opposite worlds of reality and the romanticized expression that distorts it. He writes about the true experience of military death, and effectively expresses these powerful sentiments in only fourteen lines (using a sonnet, octave) by use of a somewhat violent imagery that is compounded by the constant comparison of reality to myth. He starts of by talking about the fact that in the war there are so many deaths that it's like a herd of cattle dieing. No one will get a proper funeral after dieing for the nation.

    • Word count: 674
  21. Transcendentalism

    This is connected to transcendentalism because he did not learn anything about the society; however, he believes he can learn many things about the society just by observation. This is also connected to one of their ideas and that is they believe society is corrupted, however they believe following a person's own intuition will lead to what is good for us. Another great author who also is a transcendentalist is Henry David Thoreau. He wrote "Civil Disobedience", "Walden", and "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers".

    • Word count: 979
  22. An Analysis Of Cousin Kate And The Seduction

    She says "You grew more fair I:" ... "Because you so good and pure" She then talks bout how true her love was and Kate's wasn't and she wants to spit in her ex lords face because she did not like him for his money or his land just because it was true love. "O cousin Kate my love was true, And your love was writ in sand:" This tells us that the Lord probably chose her cousin Kate because she was beautiful and because she was from a wealthy family and not then narrator because she says she was not that wealthy ...

    • Word count: 830
  23. How the poet expresses His views concerning time in the pem Rising Five

    The repetition of the word "rising" to connote almost or nearly there begins to suggest a positive outlook as the small boy is "rising five" or almost five and this is shown as a childish impatience to grow up and be older than he really is. On the other hand, this phrase is repeated, each time growing further ahead and rushing through time as in "rising June", "rising night" and then finally "rising dead".

    • Word count: 569
  24. Shakespeare Sonnet 116: Accepting Themes and Ideas

    In the first stanza (with the rythmatic pattern of abab) of Sonnet 116, Shakespeare repeats the words 'love', 'altar', and 'remove.' This technique of repetition places emphasis on the idea that if a person is really in love, changes wouldn't have to me made. Also, in the final couplet alliteration is used. 'Never', 'nor', and 'no' are the three negative words Shakespeare uses to strengthen his opinion of love. He is so confidence in his opinion and suggests that if his opinion is wrong, he has never written and no one has ever loved.

    • Word count: 480

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