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    Compare and Contrast Horses by Edwin Muir and Pike by Ted Hughes

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    Hughes?s poetry however dwells on the innate violence in the natural world and on instinctive predatory behaviour; yet he sees to view it as appropriate. He attempts to reconcile what at first appears to be a horrible violence in nature. Perhaps human beings are no different from a creature such as the pike, driven by impulse and appetite in a universe that follows no moral law but eat or be eaten. Hughes clearly views the pike as a creature that belongs in its water world, an animal that exemplifies survival of the fittest.

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    Comparing Poems, The Soldier & Dulce et Decorum est.

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    He use's words such as "Blood-shod" and phrases like "Obscene as cancer" to emphasize the horror's of war, also taking the reader to a level of understanding with the brutality in war, brutality that isn't usually flaunted. The language used in both poems is vastly different from each other, even though both poems were about war. Wilfred Owen uses language in Dulce Et Decorum Est to give the reader the impression that war is horrible and that dying for your country is not all the glory and honor that it seems, and that in reality, dying in a war, no matter for what cause, can be both painful and full of suffering.

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    Compare methods used to present danger in Storm on the Island and Patrolling Barnegat.

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    They both use language devices to convey the fright and distress the storm causes. Water is usually seen as a source of life and tranquillity, however that idyllic image is turned on its head in the simile 'spits like a tame cat,' which suggests the spray from the sea is frightening in Storm on the Island just like the alliteration used in 'combs careering' makes the waves sound like they are crashing down in Patrolling Barnegat. Each of the descriptions are suggesting that the water from the sea becomes threatening and dangerous during each of the storms.

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  4. Comparison essay of 'Flag' by John Agard and 'Out of the blue' by Simon Armitage

    However, the poem 'out of the blue' written by Simon Armitage explores the thoughts and feelings of a victim of 9/11, he is trapped in a burning building, and the tone of the poem is desperate and pleading. For instance, " I trying and trying. The heat behind me is bullying, driving."

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  5. Compare how poets present the experience of soldiers in Bayonet Chargeand one other poem from Conflict.

    We feel terror for him as if it's like ourselves being there, we aren't expecting it, the effect is one of fear for the soldier. The point is further reinstated in Owen's Futility, as once again the narrator describes how men were hushed into war, unaware of the grunt of what is to come. The fields are "half sown" almost as if the person worked on his farm was thrown into a battle ground, without even having the chance to finish his farm.

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  6. In both Grandfather by Susan Hrynkow and Jessie Emily Schofield by Judy Williams we see the poet reminisce memories of their grandparents.

    I think the poet of 'Grandfather' wants the poem to relate to the readers own life and experiences, and for the reader to see the similarity between grandparents in general, and also for the reader to know that someone else has gone through the same thing when a grandparent has died. This is comforting to the reader and thus makes the poem more relative to them personally. The poet of 'Jessie Emily Schofield' relates to the specific reader that has that same experience of washing their grandmother's hair and it that case, would be more effective to the reader.

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  7. Comparing 'Fall in' and 'dulce et decorum est'

    We see an example of a patriotic phrase in stanza two; 'In the war that kept men free?' This implies that England was free before the war and by joining the war the men are helping to keep England free forever. This is patriotic, as it is saying how good England was and how everyone had there freedom. Men liked their freedom and so enlisted. Also; 'And Right is smashed by Wrong?' supports the idea of patriotism, as the word 'Right' describes England and 'Wrong' describing Germans.

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  8. Compare the way the writers of In Paris with you and Praise song for my mother make use of repetition.

    In the poem Nichols celebrates her own mother. In Praise Song for My Mother, Nichols describes her mother as "deep and bold and fathoming" Although Paris is often thought of as the city of love, James Fenton opens his poem "In Paris with You" with the sentence "Don't talk to me of love." The speaker seems to be getting over a broken relationship, saying "I've had an earful and I get tearful." Rather than both words of the rhyming pair coming at the end of lines, "tearful" is in the middle of the second line.

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  9. Nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and I am not that woman by Kishwar Naheed are both protest poems. Explain what the protests are and how each poet makes their argument. Discuss with reference to language, structu

    Kishawar Naheed has also written an autobiographical poem in "I am not that woman." The poem is set in Pakistan. It emphasises the role of a traditional Muslim women being inferior and isolated towards men. Moreover, this attempts to redefine the man-woman relationship. Kishwar Naheed was born in a traditional family and had to fight for an education as many traditional families discriminated women from an education. At the time when Kishwar Naheed had written "I am not that woman", poetry was mainly dominated by men poets.

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  10. Compare and Contrast the Poems "The Thickness of Ice" and "Twice Shy".

    Throughout this poem we can see that she is planning what will happen. This poem is written in the future tense and makes us think that she can tell what is going to happen and why. She seems to think she can tell what is going to happen from a past experience. This past experience might not have worked out as we can tell from this poem. Also throughout this poem there is a sign of hope. Loxley chooses to use an interesting method of repetition throughout this poem to demonstrate her feelings about the situation she is in; 'though secretly I'll be hoping we'll become much more and hoping that that you're hoping that too.'

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  11. Consider how relationships are presented in Harmonium by Simon Armitage and Praise Song for My Mother by Grace Nichols

    In addition, Armitage describes his ultimatum; it could be "bundled off to the skip" or could become his "for a song" - this suggests the church organ is not in satisfactory condition as the idiom bundled of to the skip indicates it would have been thrown out. More importantly, Armitage explains how the church organ could be his "for a song" which is an interesting play on words as the purpose of the harmonium is to play songs but also this idiom suggests it could have been purchased cheaply which leads the reader to assume the harmonium has lost its functionality and is impractical, similar to the "freight" of his father.

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  12. Comparing and Contrasting the Works of Owen and Sassoon

    He intends to shown the horrors and cruelty of war through bringing weapons to a human level, yet making them seem inhuman and diabolical. On the contrary, Sassoon is known for his simplicity, yet effective language. Most of his poems, including Survivors, How To Die, and They are straight to the point. His intention is to deliberately use colloquial language in order to view the gruesome horrendous reality of war to a larger audience. This is because the British, including Sassoon before going to war, thought that war was associated with pride, honour and courage, but the truth is far beyond what people perceive, which has drawn thousands and millions of soldiers in metal hospitals from the aftermaths of it.

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  13. In the poems Catrin and Follower, the parents are presented differently and yet all similar in some ways.

    The 'remembered' is in the past tense throughout, making it seem as though the person she is talking to is gone, or has changed completely. There is a memory of 'our first fierce confrontation' and a metaphor of 'the tight red rope of love which we both fought over' making her seemed tied to her daughter by an invisible rope of love, which is red to express the colour of the heart, or the sense of anger which love can cause.

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  14. The two poems I have chosen to write about are Report to Wordworth (RTW) by Boey Kim Cheng and Lament by Gillian Clarke; both poets extensively use elements of the natural world in order to communicate their message of humanities destructive actions

    "slowing like a dying clock" in RTW and "slow dying" in Lament both suggest the gradual death of nature, these imply human disruption on the earth natural life cycle and the failing efforts of Nature adapt to its loss and destruction. Although with "the wound widening" suggest the opportunity for man to repair the damages it has done, whereas the words "burnt earth" and "ashes" infer it may be too late and humanity has missed the opportunity to make amends with the earth.

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  15. Comparison of Cynddylan on a Tractor by R.S Thomas and Docker by Seamus Heaney.

    The docker is no specific person, he could be anyone. He is an anonymous composite - the face of the Irish sectarian. This distorted quasi-Protestantism has led him into deep-seated prejudice and bigotry against Catholics. The hatred has manifested itself into violence. "That fist would drop a hammer on a Catholic" This is so entrenched in the docker's beliefs that it doesn't even need to be said - his bigotry is part of his persona. "Oh yes, that sort of thing could start again" "Oh yes" adds a colloquial tone to the statement, as if it is a maxim being given by an elder.

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  16. Going away and returning by Raymond Wilson and First visit to the seaside by Phoebe Hesketh share as a central theme a day trip to the seaside.

    Both poets give a chronological account of their day, while differing greatly in their enjoyment and enthusiasm for it. In Wilson's poem, everything is distinctly colourless, 'grey' and lifeless; no excitement evoked by the view of the sea. Hesketh's poem, however, is full of exuberance and anticipation, happiness on arrival; all colourful, with 'blue', 'silver' and 'green', all of which are bright and cheerful colours one would expect to see on a good, sunny day. This recognition of the incredible beauty of the sea and seaside shows a child's view of the sea as an ideal destination, and one associated with fun, joy and holidays.

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  17. Post-1914 Poetry Comparison How do Plath in Morning Song and Clarke in Catrin suggest their thoughts and feelings about motherhood? - WJEC Eng.Lit

    This breaking of their bond is also implied where Clarke says 'to be two, to be ourselves'. Another interpretation of this is that Clarke sees this as the beginning of their separate identities, and she is anxious to see how the situation will develop. A feeling of anxiousness is portrayed through the entirety of Catrin. We see her anxiety at the thought of being a mother where she says 'traffic lights', as she is seeing her life as being at a crossroads, and she is confused as to what she is to do. Another interpretation of this is that Clarke is apprehensive, just as you would be sitting at a traffic light waiting for it to turn green; she is waiting to get life started with her baby.

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  18. Compare the poems "Into Battle" and "Spring off"

    However, "spring" also is used in "Spring Off", Owen makes a stark contraction between surviving in the war and new life in the spring landscape which surrounds troops. For "Into battle", it uses pathetic fallacy positively to show its purpose. The "sun" gives him "warmth", the "Glowing earth" gives him "life", the "light foot winds" lend him "speed" etc.

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  19. Dulce et Decorum Est and Charlotte Gray . Compare the ways in which Owen and Faulks present the experience of war.

    Wilfred Owen describes the experience of war in the first stanza as haunting, bloody and blind. He uses words like "haunting flares" and "blood-shod" this helps us to learn what it would be like to be in the soldiers' shoes and to see the horrific conditions of the trenches. Owen uses "haunting" in this stanza indicating scary, black, and something that will stay with you forever. Something that will keep coming back and back for all your life like a vivid memory that will never be forgotten.

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  20. Compare and contrast On Judgement Day by Sipho Sepamla and Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka in the theme of racial stereotypes.

    In 1994, he was designated United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of African culture, human rights, freedom of expression, media and communication. The poem was later published in a book, 'The Literary/Political Philosophy of Wole Soyinka' by Yemi D. Ogunyemi. The poem is about a telephone conversation which he had with his London landlady in 1962; this is also the year the poem was created. The two poems focus on the same basic theme of racial stereotypes and people's assumptions of black people. 'On Judgement Day' focused more on people's assumptions about what kind of jobs black people should have and what kind of people they

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  21. Compare and contrast the similarities and Differences between the poems of Seamus Heaney and D.H.Lawrence

    Heaney also portrays a lot of memories in this poem. First the title: 'Mid', implies an interruption in his life and childhood, and an early introduction to adulthood, but also 'Break', is a harsh, tough word, that could mean the break in his brother's life and childhood. In the first stanza he mentions sitting 'all morning in the college sick bay'. This was when he was awaiting to be driven home to his brother's funeral from his boarding school, and was feeling isolated and loneliness from the rest of the world. Heaney sees his father crying in the second verse.

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  22. The two poems I have chosen to study are The Evacuee by RS Thomas and Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney. Although these two poets choose to explore the theme of childhood innocence, RS Thomas conveys a process of healing and compensation

    It begins with the girl waking up in a beautiful natural room in the countryside: "... The bedroom with its frieze of fresh sunlight..." Through this description, we already know that she is in a beautiful and safe area. This idea is once again confirmed in the second stanza, when RS Thomas uses the metaphor of "The sounds and voices were a rough sheet Waiting to catch her, as though she leaped From a scorched storey of the charred past" This shows the farmers acceptance of her into their lives and the hospitality they extend to her.

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  23. Ill explain to you how Wendy Cope presented Christopher Robin in the poem Ever So Cute and how Jan Dean presented the child and the teacher in the poem Writing. I believe the two poets have presented the characters in an interesting way, ma

    The boy likes "violence and sex" which also shows that he is violent. At the beginning of the poem it says "Christopher Robin can throw you downstairs". The reader can see that he is evil and naughty, but smart. Additionally, when the poet says "growing so sturdy and tough" it suggests that he continues being strong. The alliteration in the phrase "Shooting down spaceships. Bleep, bleep, bleep! Kill, kill!" which is aural imagery, emphasizes again the violence he has inside him, and also that he is sly. However, our character is also "cute".

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  24. How does H.G. Wells create fear and tension for the reader in the Victorian ghost story The Red Room

    The old woman might have had experiences and has seen things that the Narrator has not. As the new comer arrives, the old woman took no notice of him, possibly she is trying to hide secrets and try not to tell everything. Perhaps Wells wants us to get a weird feeling about the old people and the place. In the story she suddenly broke in with 'Eight and twenty years you have lived and never seen the like of this house', she is trying to give the Narrator a final warning and to persuade him that he should not go.

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  25. How do different poets put forward various views through World War One through their poetry

    The rhyming scheme is ABAB and so on, the rhythm of the poem matches those of a nursery rhyme. It mimics a jolly tune yet it is meant to match to the rhythm of marching. In the last couple of lines Pope uses a very clever method of persuasive writing. Pope states: Come along, lads - But you'll come on all right - For there's only one course to pursue, Your country is up to her neck in a fight, And she's looking and calling for you.

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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 The Hyaenas(TM) with War(TM). What shoc

    "In conclusion, the shock tactics used by Kipling and Wallace in these two poems help convey the effect war has on people and how we as humans are to blame for it. These messages are expressed through, the topic of the poems, the behaviour of the characters, the imagery used, the tense in which they are written and the choice of words."

  • Compare and contrast A Wife in London(TM) w

    "In conclusion the audience of the two poems can see how different strategies of approaching similar stories can change the way meaning is illustrated. The main similarity between the two poems is their message although they have been expressed in some very dissimilar ways. The main difference between the two poems is their structure and methods of bringing the pint of the poem across to the reader."

  • Compare the ways in which the poet describes things in Vultures and Night Of The Scorpion"

    "For me, the conclusion of "Vultures" is quite negative. The whole tone of the poem and the descriptive use of imagery is negative and depressing. I think that the poets feel that there is not enough love in this world for people not to harm each other. The message of "Night of the Scorpion" is simple. It says that time heals and love does not need exploring, it is what it is. For this, this conclusion is positive, but less question arising than that of "Vultures"."

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