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GCSE: Love Poetry

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  1. Melinda, Morrie and the Struggle to Survive.

    Instead of adhering to the cultural norm of despair and sorrow at the affects of the disease, Morrie decides to accept that he is dying, and make the best of it. He becomes an inspirational influence to anyone and everyone that interacts with him. His final goal in life is to continue his teachings for his favorite student, Mitch. Morrie gives Mitch all of his wisdom on the 'meaning of life'. Mitch comes to realize what a mistake his life has been.

    • Word count: 641
  2. Pre-1914 poetry - Aspect of love - consider the different approaches taken by the poets in their examinations of love and loss.

    "How do I love thee" uses an old style word "thee" I think this adds a poetic feeling to the poem. This poem has a simple structure of only one big stanza or paragraph yet it does have a none structured rhyming order. There is an interesting bit towards the end and it talks about her faith and god and how she would like to carry on loving her lover after death but only if god allows it. It is almost as if she loves god more than her lover or maybe it's a fear of disobeying god.

    • Word count: 855
  3. In order to explore the theme of parent child separation I have selected two poems for further consideration. The first being "The Slave Mother" written by Frances E W Harper and the second "Walking Away" by C Day Lewis.

    This poem was written in the Ballads style and we can tell this by the way the poem starts straight in to the climax. There is absolutely no build up to the separation of the mother and her son. As soon as the poem starts you have the verse: "heard you that shriek? It rose so wildly in the air, it seem'd as if a burden'd heart was breaking in despair. The first thing I noticed when I read this poem was the unusual beginning of the verse.

    • Word count: 1488
  4. Princess Emmeline.

    The king and queen and prince Jason were coming to stay for a week. The king, Queen and the two princess were very excited.. The Queens wish was for that her daughter Aanya would marry Prince Jason and she thought she could get to meet him properly and the queen was hoping that they would fall in love. The king was hoping that if Emmeline and Jason could meet properly he was hoping that they fall in love and they could get married. When the guests came they were welcomed in a friendly way and they all had dinner together.

    • Word count: 1042
  5. In What ways are Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Barrett Browning similar in their attitudes to Love and men?

    Edna St Vincent Millay was a feminist, which was reflected in her poetry. Edna St Vincent Millay continued to write poetry throughout her life until she died in 1950. Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett was born March 6, 1806 at Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England. She was the eldest of 12 children of an autocratic father, who forbade his children to marry. Elizabeth was educated at home, learning Greek, Latin, and several modern languages, including Portuguese at an early age. She began writing whilst very young, and in 1819, her father arranged for the printing of one of her poems (she was 13 at the time).

    • Word count: 1441
  6. Comparisons and Contrasts of how different poet's Past experiences have shaped their lives.

    In the poem Brian Patten tries to use mathematical equations to explain this feeling that relationships never last. At school he learns that the "1+1=2" but at home he found "that sum was open to dispute" and he came to "believe how it was best that one remained one, for becoming two, one at least would suffer so". I think what he is saying here is that, when two people start a relationship it will never last, but separate and so he learned the "one and one stayed one and one". His belief that all relationships will never last has ended up as him "claiming separateness was out of choice" and this has probably left him feeling very lonely and isolated.

    • Word count: 1266
  7. Loneliness.

    * Meanwhile, on the other side of town Bob was already on his way to work. He was walking briskly through the crowds unaware of the people surrounding him. He stopped abruptly to place a fifty pence piece into a donation box. The smile that had entered his face came just as quickly as it went. He passed many people every day on his way to work. At the beginning he used to smile at the faces that passed him but after a few weeks with many disgruntled looks and blank expressions from the public he gave up.

    • Word count: 2520
  8. A child called it

    Morrie was one who was never ashamed of showing emotions. The recurrent hugs and kisses that he gave to Mitch were sincere forms of gratitude, which ultimately began from his childhood, since he was deprived of sentiment. Morrie's past forever changed his outlook on life, as he spread his message of loving one another. Morrie's most important saying was, "The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others.... and creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

    • Word count: 1252
  9. Compare and Contrast 'The Sick Equation' by Brian Patten and 'Long Distance' by Tony Harrison.

    However, in stanza six, we find out that he has completely turned his life around and has found someone to love. In contrast, Harrison writes about how loving his parents were and how his father still loved his deceased mother and did things he would have done if she were still alive. Stanza one gives you details of what the father did/does for his wife. This shows what a loving relationship they had as he was doing things to make her life more comfortable because he loved and cared about her.

    • Word count: 2060
  10. Examine “My Grandmother” and discuss in what ways this poem is effective.

    Many of the lines and phrases within the poem are ambiguous; they take on more than one meaning. For example "She kept a antique shop or it kept her" the second part of that sentence could mean that the antique shop has taken over her live and she feels that she doesn't have a view. It could mean that the antique shop is a major part of her life and she loves it so much, like family. Some people, during the class discussion, saw it as a way of life for her, it made her carry on and kept her determined to do her best for the antiques.

    • Word count: 962
  11. How does D. H. Lawrence convey the 'pain of love' in "Sons and Lovers"

    The bare, unforgiving sentences are representative of the unprocessed ideas that run through the minds of Lawrence's characters. These emotional jolts are used to describe deep feelings related to love. These thoughts are most commonly connected to Paul Morel, the main character who hardly realizes how ferociously he is spinning through his self-imposed, and infinitely complicated, tornado of love. When the all-knowing narrator tells about the feelings of the characters, they seem to be blatantly lumped into either love or hate, the two extremes in the spectrum of human emotion.

    • Word count: 970
  12. Cabaret - “The relationships in this film are based on selfish desires” Do you agree?

    We immediately see a contrast between Sally, who is loud and bubbly and Brian who is rather "British", conservative and reserved. As they walk through the streets of Berlin, we see a signs of Sally's self-centeredness as she talks only of herself and fails to listen to Brian as he tells her about himself. When singing "Mein Herr," we hear evidence of Sally's selfishness in a prior relationship as she stridently declares: "Don't dab your eye Mein Herr, or wonder why Mein Herr, I've always told you I was a rover" However, we see that Sally is not entirely egocentric when she manages to get Brian two of his only jobs in Berlin.

    • Word count: 1082
  13. “My Box” and “Valentine”.

    'Valentine' on the other hand, has a far stranger meaning of love than My Box. The title tells you that the poem is a valentine - a gift of love - but straight away the poem makes it clear that it is not an ordinary type of valentine "not a red rose or a satin heart," rejecting conventional presents, as she gives an onion. It seems rather strange that someone would give their lover such a worthless gift. However, when we realise what the onion symbolises, we understand that it actually is the perfect gift.

    • Word count: 1590
  14. Compare and contrast at least three of the poems you have studied on the theme of love and loss; show in particular how the poets have used language and form to express these ideas.

    Many of her poems are religious, some melancholy and death-obsessed. Possessing a spontaneous lyrical gift, she had a firm command of traditional poetic forms. She is recognized as an important Victorian-era poet. 'Remember' is one of her famous poems, which portrays her writing style very well. This poem gives us the impression of someone who is preparing her lover for her death or departure from this world. It stresses the idea of strong love and she wants to be remembered and not forgotten.

    • Word count: 2307
  15. 'First Love' & 'Long Distance'.

    The 1st verse and 3rd verse, they contain the alliterations 'so sudden and so sweet.' and 'I never saw so sweet a face'. Clare brings similes and metaphors into the poem, to make the meaning of the poem noticeable. In the 1st stanza he uses similes such as 'bloomed like a sweet flower' and 'deadly pale'. Metaphors have been used in most parts of this poem. The metaphors 'stole my heart away complete.' and 'legs refused to walk away,' describe his love being deprived of happiness and turning ever so slowly towards pain and sadness.

    • Word count: 1224
  16. 'Comparing The Imagery, Language And Relationships In Holy Sonnet 1 To Those In Holy Sonnet 14, A Valediction Forbidding Mourning & Sun Rising

    The lovers in A Valediction Forbidding Mourning are faced with time apart. We are shown the religious side of Donne's love poetry but he also uses metaphor of marriage in the Holy Sonnet, 'Batter my Heart': "But am betroth'd unto your enemy, Divorce me.." He rages at God and tells Him he needs more than just help but all His help and power, using the imagery of war. "Reason your viceroy.." Holy Sonnet 1 is addressed to God and asks whether as the writer nears death, his soul; "thy work" will decay.

    • Word count: 1659
  17. Love is a very common theme in poetry. By closely examining the ways in which two poets(one must be pre 1900) have explored this theme. Show what you have found to be similar/different in their handling of this theme.

    This gains the reader's attention immediately. The tone throughout 'Sonnet116' is ever changing bringing an exciting development to the poem. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ Admit impediments." The poem implies difficulties, while arguing that they do not exist, really. Shakespeare presents love as being something that does not capitulate and can conquer everything. He continues to discuss love as being unreal if it does not overcome predicaments. Shakespeare has represented love as being unconditional and predetermined, "Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds, /Or bends with the remover to remove" "alters...alteration...remover....

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  18. Have you ever wondered what controls this world around us? Why certain things happen while others do not? What it is that drives particular events to occur on earth and others to not? Today I am going to discuss this very subject.

    I came to the conclusion that the way people compete over money and power is where the difficulty lies. We are a major part of the problem. Unfortunately this aggression is an innate tendency. The natural world is full of this competition and in fact this is what drives evolution and progress. For example, if you leave a piece of bread out in the open air, it will almost immediately become consumed by various bacteria and micro-organisms, all competing mindlessly to exploit this resource. The ironic thing is that these colonies always fall and die because they are poisoned by there own toxins.

    • Word count: 605
  19. Compare Carol Ann Duffy's "Valentine" to Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress".

    In the second poem, I thought that an effective description was the first two lines: "Had we but world enough and time, This coyness, Lady, were no crime." It uses irregular sentence length; the writer uses a fundamental combination of strong ideals and complex intellectual ideas to bring across his strong feeling, very similar to Carol Ann Duffy's poem Also, the poem is a fairly typical 'carpe diem" poem, in which the speaker tells his beloved that they should "seize the day" and have sex now instead of waiting until they are married.

    • Word count: 1103
  20. How Do I love thee?

    My soul can reach when reeling out of sight, For the ends of Being and Ideal Grace. Given that this poem was composed in such a strict repressive society, as the Victorian era was; I feel that this verse is highly emotional and extremely passionate. At a time when women had few -if any rights, and was subservient to and a possession of, their husbands. The poet's public statement of the strength of her love, and the right to feel love as deeply and openly as any man, speaks volumes about the absolute trust and belief she held within the sanctity of that love.

    • Word count: 1034
  21. "Non fiction is seldom objective. Often it sways your feelings or influences your thoughts." By referring closely to a work of non-fiction, show how the writer does more than simply convey information.

    However by describing the task as an "art" the writer shows that he doesn't mind this new way of living. He further describes the idea that Daniel has changed the way he lives by explaining that; "Since you've arrived, days have melted into night and back again and we are learning a new grammar, a long sentence whose punctuation marks are feeding and winding and nappy changing and these occasional moments of quiet." This extended metaphor caught my attention because it compares the birth of his son to a long sentence and there is also irony in the metaphor as this sentence is long.

    • Word count: 1524
  22. Explain the principles that Christians believe should guide their personal relationships.

    This is because they are all based on love. Prayer: 2 Thessalonians 1:17 God commands us to pray without ceasing and to pray for one another, because the prayer of a righteous man availeth much burdens. Burdens are lifted when we pray for each other. Prayer is needed in relationships because each time we pray our faith and love for God and for one another increases. Without prayer in our relationships we will inherit more burdens and in spite of our troubles God will punish us for not obeying the Gospel.

    • Word count: 1631
  23. "The Whole Poem is just a Metaphor for the Imaginative Process." What is Your Response to this Quote?

    I feel Coleridge wanted to escape and in this poem he shows how he escapes. He enters into another world, a world where there is pleasure of inexhaustible amounts. There is sex, drugs and beautiful scenes all around. The poem is this world he wants to create; Coleridge uses his imagination to create this place and describes it to us in the poem. The imaginative process I feel is to be creative, creating dramatic or simple images of your own.

    • Word count: 755
  24. It might be said that by the end of book 6 Aeneas is fully ready to fulfill his destiny. To what extent have his experiences in books 4 and 6 worked against or contributed to this?

    Dido considers them to be marriage, even thought the union not officially consecrated in a ceremony. Anxious rumours spread amongst the people that the both of them had lost track of their responsibilities as leaders. Virgil evidently is hinting to the fact that Aeneas is off-track, and the relationship is hampering his destiny. This is further emphasised by the fact that the people of Carthage did not approve as Dido was also distracted from building the city for the time being. The ironic thing is Dido and Anna see Aeneas purpose in helping to build the city of Carthage.

    • Word count: 822
  25. What is Love?

    There are eight basic emotions: joy, sadness, fear, anger, acceptance, rejection, surprise, and anticipation. And when these emotions are mixed the complex configuration of emotions appear, like affection, sympathy, attachment, hate, jealousy and fear, and love is one of them being the mixture of joy and acceptance. Is this too complicated? This is nothing. Love is also reflection, and it arouses so many questions, that an encyclopedia would not be enough to contain them all. Love is also physical reaction such as the raising of the heartbeats, or the trembling of the hands, or the production of adrenaline in the blood.

    • Word count: 3098

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