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  1. Compare and contrast Tony Harrisons poems Bookends and Long Distance 2

    Another image portrayed in "Bookends" is that of his mother and the "apple pie" which they are "chewing". It is as though they are "chewing" over the death of Harrison's mother, ruminating rather than enjoying it, because it was the "last apple pie" she ever cooked. It is not pleasurable because the pie represents the mother, so it is as though they are eating the memory of her. Also the word "chewing" has a very dull and labouring feel to it, which reflects the scene of Harrison and his father, left reminiscing over the last gift given to them by his mother.

    • Word count: 1736
  2. Nettles by Vernon Scannel. Vernon Scannells poem Nettles, creates a sense of pity when you read it as the image of a young boy falling in a nettle patch isnt pleasant.

    Bed seemed like a curious name for those little green spears That regiment of spite behind the shed" This scheme of rhyming the last word of every second line continues throughout the poem's entirety and in a strange way is quite comforting. Although the subject matter is nettles and being stung by them. The theme of this poem is war, although at first this may be unnoticeable. But once you reads it again you'll find many connotations of war contained within descriptions.

    • Word count: 700
  3. How does Abrahams develop his atitude toward the comet in 'To Halley's Comet'?

    Also, the subject of shyness, also an important theme, is first brought to light in this line. Furthermore, here it becomes noticeable that the poem is divided into a few distinguishable parts the first of which is Abrahams' physical description of the comet in the sky. Continuing from the theme of modesty and the comet's description is a statement of the world's presumption of the comet's behaviour; that it would "streak through, flashing that famous double tail, / autographing the prophetic sky".

    • Word count: 1301
  4. How the narrator is portrayed in Norman McCaig's "Aunt Julia".

    He really wished that he can talk with her. He has a passion and anger because he gets no answer. He then starts to describe her as a strange person "She wore men's boots" which shows that she is a hard worker woman. She gives the encouragement and the example of fast, active and strong woman who can do a man's work. He admires and compares her to nature and conveys her magical technique on the spinning wheel and he is comparing her with the air speed "marvellously out of the air "adjective to show us her magical skill.

    • Word count: 603
  5. How the narrator is portrayed in "Nettles" by Vernon Scannell.

    He feels worry about his son "sobs and tears" it's a metaphor to show he is upset and he would cry for his son who shows an example of loyalty and love. The narrator uses an imagery of the war showing that "nettles" are the enemies describing them as "blisters beaded" it's alliteration using heavy "b" to show how harmful the pain is to carry for an young child "his tender skin" shows that his son is soft and slender, the a connotations of war contrast with his son innocence and the fierce nettles.

    • Word count: 587
  6. Commentary on Rita Doves Fish Stone

    Diction, poem structures also important literary devices, and Rita Dove's selection of words contribute to the meaning of the poem. Imagery is also linked to symbolism. Throughout the poem, there are many symbols that can be interpreted. The symbols contribute to the overall meaning of the poem, in a tacit manner. This style can be seen In her style of imagery.

    • Word count: 601
  7. Stevie Smith's poem "The River God" - Analysis

    In general every fourth line is longer than the earlier three. In the middle of the poem is the longest line which might make it the most important, this could also be seen as the poem building up to something until it's at a pivotal point and then slowing down again. I think the poet has used this structure to make the poem on the page look like a flow of a river. I think this because there are no verses in the poem which makes its constant and consistent like the flow of a river is.

    • Word count: 1136
  8. Night Over Birkenau Powerful Impression

    In stanza one the poet gives the reader a powerful description of the atmosphere and mood within Birkenau. In this stanza the poet conveys to the reader the idea that the atmosphere is very intimidating and oppressive. The writer conveys this successfully when he uses the technique of repetition on the word "Again". This gives the reader the impression that there is no escape from the camp. They keep trying, again and again but they never succeed. This links in with another atmosphere the writer conveys, the idea that the camp is claustrophobic. The repetition of "again" gives the impression of there being no escape.

    • Word count: 1557
  9. By considering the use of language, how does Simon Armitage portray the importance of his mother, in Mother, any distance greater than a single span?

    This first can be viewed as the measuring tape representing age and time. The phrase "You at the zero-end," shows how his mother has been with him, since the beginning of his life; at time zero of his life, shown by "unreeling years between us". As he grows older the length between his mother increases as he ages and so his age increases, similar to a length or distance. It also symbolises how he becomes more independent. As he grows older he relies less on his mother and so moves further away. The measuring tape is also representing an umbilical cord.

    • Word count: 923
  10. How the Author Conveys Tragedy in Out, Out

    The author uses personification in the story in order to emphasize the violence and danger of the machine. In the story the boy is seen working with a saw and it is depicted as very violent. "...And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled..." The words "snarled" and "rattled" makes the machine seem as if it's a savage beast that is alive and conscious. This plays along very well later on in the story as the machine is shown to be "eating" the boy's hand, as seen, "...to tell them 'Supper."

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  11. Michael Longleys poem The Pattern is about how a mans memories start flooding back when he rediscovers the bridal pattern for his wifes wedding dress. At first he is nervous to uncover the full truth about his wife and to look back on the p

    The envelope that held the pattern is described as 'fat'. This is a very simple, uninteresting adjective, which suggests that what is on the outside does not always reflect what is on the inside. For example the envelope may have been unattractive and insignificant to the man, but the pattern inside it held important and interesting memories. The poet is also nervous about unfolding the pattern, leading us to believe that he does not want to revisit the past and unlock the unwanted memories lying inside him.

    • Word count: 870
  12. TS Eliot Poetry/The Turning

    Although she recognises that change fundamental which is advantageous, she is unable to instigate change due to fear, not of change itself but the consequences it may bring. Her inability to express herself means that the resolution is elusive "watched TV with the sound off...how f******pointless people were without their voices" conveys her inability to verbalise her opinions and thus results in no resolutions to her implications. The "too Scared to leave him" highlights the detrimental consequences change will have specifically on her.

    • Word count: 982
  13. In Revelation, Liz Lochhead was inspired by her everyday life and also by a childhood experience. The poem is symbolic of the dangers some men pose as they threaten women,

    In contrast "eggs and milk" shows how fragile some women are and it also symbolises women's fertility. Later in verse one, Lochhead describes the persona's impression of the bull at the time of the incident and the effect it has on her: "At first only black and hot reek of him" This line gives the reader a clearer picture in their head that, it is something sinister and has the connotations of evil through the use of syntax and synaethasia. Her eyes were adjusting to the darkness and she was therefore relying on her other senses. The picture created is made more dramatic by appealing to two senses at the same time, smell and touch.

    • Word count: 1282
  14. The short lyric poem, "maggie and milly and molly and may," is written by a famous American poet, Edward Estlin Cummings. The poem is about four young girls that go to the beach. Each girl's personality is revealed by what she does.

    Maggie found a seashell that sang so pleasant that she couldn't remember her problems. Milly became friends with a starfish. Molly was chased by a crab that frightened her. And May came home with a smooth stone that she found. Finally, E. E. Cummings concludes by making a profound statement: we find ourselves by the sea. The speaker in the poem could be either a male of a female. The speaker was most likely hidden somewhere, and he/she was observing what the kids were playing with or what they found.

    • Word count: 456
  15. An Essay on Liz Locheads The Choosing

    This may suggest repeated actions as the Lady Councillor piled them with books. By bringing up nostalgic memories, the narrator makes us start to find similarities in our own experiences. Verse two of the poem continues on the narrator's reflection: "Best friends too Mary and I A common bond in being cleverest (equal) In out small school's small class." The words "Mary and I" are again repeated which enforces the idea that at this point in their lives they are still the best of friends. The poem at this stage is also written in the style of a young child.

    • Word count: 1136
  16. In her poem "Patterns", Amy Lowell created a vivid image of all the patterns surrounding the main character in the garden. She used patterns to describe the life of the woman and how it would've been if her lover had not passed away.

    The woman in the poem is saddened by the death of her lover. Knowing that death was a risk when her lover engaged in war, she has to accept the news with dignity. She has to stage a front to hide her emotions, in effect; she has to stay in her pattern. For her, life is a pattern and she has no way of escaping it. With the news of her lover's death, she begins to see life in patterns.

    • Word count: 491
  17. A Close Analysis of Pages 11+12 In Gawain and The Green Knight (Simon Armitage)

    Then when it says 'which might signal the king to start his supper' this tells us the king is very wealthy and need to taste it and he might send it back, this could show he was a fussy king. The story then says 'for barely had the horns finished blowing their breath and with starters just spooned to their seated guests', the horns had barely finished blowing their breath, this means it could have been a timed entrance, deliberately to make it look grand.

    • Word count: 764
  18. How does the poem Dover Beach manage to convey the poets disgust and sense of hopelessness so well?

    The poet describes the sea as "calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair", lines which set the reader at ease and gently let us feel the beauty of this scene. When we read on to the second stanza we hear "the grating roar of pebbles which the waves draw back and fling". This more aggressive line indicates that the sea that was acting so peacefully is now turning violent. The sound of the waves is described as "the eternal note of sadness". We really get the feeling that the poet is disturbed by these sounds in the poem.

    • Word count: 657
  19. The author, Constantine Cavafy develops a certain idea of how individuals should live their life in the poem Ithaca. He believes that individuals should aim to accomplish the maximum amount of goals in their lives so that they will not have any regr

    The poet states that as the traveler sets out on his journey, he must hope that it is a long one, full of adventure and discovery. The destination of this journey is Ithaca, a Greek island, which was the destination of a mythical warrior named Odysseus who was made famous in Homer's poems. Ithaca is a metaphor to the destination of the journey of life; therefore the author is stating that an individual should hope their life is long and full of adventure and discovery.

    • Word count: 1379
  20. Eliot's 'Journey of the Magi'

    It was also a poem that was inspired by a religious sermon, one preached by Lancelot Andrews that told of the struggle the wise men had to face journeying to the side of Christ. However, this is by no means all the poem is about: delve beneath its surface and you will come to understand that 'Journey' is very much about Eliot's own struggle with his religious identity. His metaphorical journey of rebirth is similar to the Magi's literal one: one that is fraught with hardship, but one that has its own bittersweet rewards.

    • Word count: 792
  21. Poem Analysis: Kid by Simon Armitage

    Robin and Batman have separated and Robin is bitter and angry with Batman. At first, using imagery, Robin describes the separation as being set free. "Let me loose to wonder...through the wild blue yonder." In contrast, he describes his own opinion on leaving Batman. "As you liked to say, or ditched me, rather, in the gutter." Robin feels betrayed so he reveals Batman's secrets. "Let the cat out on that caper with the married woman."

    • Word count: 443
  22. Brooklyn Cop by Norman MacCaig. The poem is about a cop who works in Brooklyn, New York which is known to be a rather violent society, thus making the job of a cop there even tougher.

    The poet as states the gorilla is "thick fleshed" to emphasis yet again that the cop is big built, large, muscly, tough and has a thick outer shell. "Built like a gorilla but less timid" I found this interesting because the joke provides a light-hearted opening. It's not a very flattering image as it compares the man to a gorilla which I find odd because gorillas are naturally wild animals that you wouldn't expect a police officer upholding law and order to be compared to.

    • Word count: 924
  23. In the Snack Bar - bravery

    This simile also conveys the man's bravery as it shows that despite him being a prisoner of his own disability - or metaphorically 'caught in a tent' - he refuses to give in to the pressures of his disability and his detachment from society. Morgan here, in my opinion, very effectively employs the simile and the transferred epithet to appeal to the reader and also to evoke sympathy for the disabled man which further augments the reader's understating of the man's bravery and endurance.

    • Word count: 909
  24. Analysis of Poetic Justice by Diana Appleyard

    Also he wanted to have no limits, nothing to commit him to a place, nothing to prevent him from traveling and doing exactly what he wants to do at the moment. And told are we that his "mantra" was live by the moment, seize the day. Though Jed Cunningham never wanted to look back and was, or wanted to be, independent and uncomitted, he anyway, several years after his graduation, joins the school reunion and in that way he does look back.

    • Word count: 1723

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