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    The Hero vs. The deserter

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    The reason that I have chosen these two poems is because of the titles. They both suggest different meanings. In one hand Hero is someone displaying courage and the will for self sacrificed totally dissimilar from the deserter displaying someone who abandons the duty and does not have courage. This story is quiet shocking by picturing the fear felt by the soldier who run off only to be caught and shot by his own army ,and in the other side it shows the Deserters mother who thinks that her son died 'a hero' by saying "He was serving his own country".

    • Word count: 892
  2. Australian Bushrangers Essay. Banjo Patterson and Will. H. Ogilvie presents the two deaths of well known bushrangers, Ben Hall and John Gilbert in poems How Gilbert died and The Death of Ben Hall.

    Their bravado, self reliance, adventurous lifestyle has appealed to generations of Australians, 'the smallest child on Watershed can tell you how Gilbert died'. Both composers depict the struggle the police had on capturing the two outlaws that successfully left no trail behind them. Patterson describes how Gilbert was an impossible catch that the police had hired 'a black who tracked like a human hound', even with an Aborigine who knew everything about the land, found 'no sign of a track could find'.

    • Word count: 906
  3. Compare and control the environment portrayed in the poems London and Sonnet

    In the poem the reader's attention is drawn to the 'chimney sweepers cry' and the 'every black'ning church' walls, which implies that the church, as an institution, was unwilling and inactive to help those in need. The 'blackening' church walls also link to the running of 'blood down palace walls' which could in turn link to the French revolution, which suggests that if conditions don't change, the people may revolt. The poem then ends with the terrible consequences that are to be faced as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and prostitution, which is foreseen to damage the future of people physically and spiritually.

    • Word count: 1763
  4. Portrayal of Women in Pre 1914 poetry - A Woman to Her Lover by Cristina Walsh (1756-1800), 1889) and Cousin Kate by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894).

    She was a "wakened woman" of her time. This means that she has overcome being brainwashed by men. The poet sets out what she does not want from a marriage in stanzas 1,2 and 3. In stanza 4 she sets out what she does want from a marriage. Stanza 1 and 3 both are equal with 7 lines, this may show the equality Christina Walsh is trying to show In stanza 1 Walsh says that she doesn't want to be treated as a slave in her marriage and she refers to this statement as being a "bondslave". This is her own word meaning bonded by marriage but bonding is also a means of restriction or imprisonment.

    • Word count: 2041
  5. Comparing Metaphysical Poems: Donne and Marvell

    The two men were both very intelligent - Marvell went to university in Cambridge at the age of twelve, and Donne also attended university at a very early age, being just eleven when he began his studies at Oxford; going to university at such a young age, however, was much more common in the 17th century than it is nowadays. Marvell later served as a tutor to Lord General Thomas Fairfax's daughter. It was during this time that he wrote To His Coy Mistress.

    • Word count: 1926
  6. In my essay Im going to compare two poems, which are To His Coy Mistress and My Last Duchess.

    This quote shows that the Duke wants her to just smile for him. Because he felt insecure he "gave commands, then all smiles stopped together". This could mean that she stopped loving him, or that he had her killed for her behaviour. Secondly, when the reader reads these poems, he/she might get a feeling that these poems are not treating women fairly. In poem: 'To His Coy Mistress' the main speaker is trying to get a women he's speaking to, to have sex with him- this fact and arguments he uses "now therefore while the youthful hue sits on thy skin like morning dew".

    • Word count: 857
  7. Compare and contrast the way Blake and Wordsworth view and describe London in their poems. To what extent are they both typical romantic poems?

    Blake lived and worked in the capital, so was arguably well placed to write clearly about the conditions people who lived there faced. The poem 'London' is written in first person and describes how Blake see's London. Blake gives off a bad vibe about London by saying in the first part 'And mark in every face I meet, marks of weakness, marks of woe' which means every face he looks at, he see's depression, sorrow, starvation and poverty. This line gives off the impression Blake is walking through a very poor part/street in London, therefore if he was in a richer part of London his poem might be more positive.

    • Word count: 1664
  8. How and in what ways have the poets in this anthology conveyed the Macabre? The Raven, The Tiger and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. To show the relative differences I will also be comparing these poems with The Kraken, The Sick Rose

    When the raven enters the room he "perched upon a bust of Pallas". The image created in literal terms would be the raven sitting on a shoulder of a statue of the Greek God Pallas. However, by this stage the reader knows things aren't as simple as they seem. They would think of the raven to be omniscient because it presents its wisdom when it's responses of "nevermore" makes sense to the context of the play. Also, by using "nevermore" at the end of each stanza Poe institutes a calm but serene atmosphere; by being at the end of the stanza there is a natural pause taken by the reader and this is what Poe takes advantage of.

    • Word count: 2124
  9. By Means Of Comparison, Consider the Interest Shown of Living Creatures in The Fox on the Point of Death, The Twa Corbies and To a Mouse

    They say that they will "pike out his bonny blue e'en" and make their nest with his hair. Although many talk about the disappearance of this knight only a few know where he is: the two ravens, "his hawk, his hound and his lady fair" and now the poet. It is natural for these characters to know, apart from his "lady fair". This makes us aware of the fact that the knight's death was a murder, and was committed by his own wife. There are a more clues that tell us that the knight was not ready to die naturally, the fact that he has "gowden hair" and "bonny blue e'en" suggests youth.

    • Word count: 1564
  10. Compare and contrast the poems The Lady of Shalott and The Highway Man.

    Then she sees "Sir Lancelot", a handsome, wealthy noble knight, ride "between the barley sheaves". "He flashed into the crystal mirror". "She left the web, she left the loom... she looked down to Camelott. Out flew the web and floated wide; the mirror cracked from side to side". The curse was now broken. She left the castle and found a boat "beneath the willow afloat"; she lay "robed in snowy white" in this boat and gently drifted down stream to Camelott and died. "They heard her singing her last song, The Lady of Shalott." "The Lady of Shalott" is mainly set in the day as she looks into the mirror at the pastoral world outside.

    • Word count: 1195
  11. Pre-1914 poetry analysis

    is where a number of train crashes happened in reality (Staplehurst). The narrator describes the setting of the 'The Signalman' story as, 'extremely deep, and usually precipitate', 'dismal place', 'great dungeon', 'gloomy red light', 'depressing' and ' and earthy, deadly smell.' This creates a very dark and damp atmosphere, and as many ghost stories are set in dark, isolated, places this links in with the conventions of one. The effect of having the story set at night adds more mystery, and there is no sound or light, which creates an eerie sense about the story.

    • Word count: 1589
  12. Compare and contrast the presentation of London in Composed upon London Bridge and London

    Wordsworth describes the river as though it is a person by saying that "the river glideth at his own sweet will" if you compare this to the other poem then it would seem that the river has more freedom than the people of London in William Blake's view. The second verse of London there is again repetition as there was in the first paragraph. The line "the mind-forged manacles" this could refer to the way in which the public live their lives every day as they are not free to do what they really want to, they could be under restraint from the people higher up on society.

    • Word count: 1324
  13. Compare and contrast To His Coy Mistress and John Donnes The Flea and consider which is more persuasive of the two?

    Some techniques are used in both poems; an example of this is the use of metaphors. In The Flea, Andrew Marvell uses the flea as a metaphor to convince his partner to have sex with him by saying "And in this flea our two bloods mingled be thou know'st that this cannot be said a sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead." this shows us that the poet thinks that because their blood is already mixed within the flea it will not be shameful or a sin for them to have sex now. The poet uses the flea as the metaphor also because it is small and insignificant, which implies that is how he thinks of her virginity.

    • Word count: 2084
  14. How do poets discuss love and attraction throughout literary history?

    Although she seems to be quite angry in the first stanzas, the poem does not take on a cynical theme unlike The Laboratory, in which the poem takes on a very cynical theme of the jealousy which could be involved in love. This is shown when it states, "What a drop! She's not little, no minion like me--that's why she ensnared him: this never will free". This suggests that the woman may be mad that her husband is having an affair.

    • Word count: 629
  15. Comparing 'When we two parted' and 'On my first sonne'

    In when we two parted where the rhyming scheme is as it is supposed to be e.g. a,b,a,b,a,b. There is a quote in my first sonne which says 'Seven years thou wert lent to me' This is saying that God only let him borrow his son for seven years only to be taken back.

    • Word count: 402
  16. In the poems, Composed on Westminster Bridge: Sept. 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake, many naturist concepts and thoughts surrounding the landscape are used to present the poets ideas.

    As a resident of London for much of his life, Blake - one would assume - would have a far deeper understanding of the city and would have better impression of London, compared to Wordsworth's initial reaction. The tones and moods of either poem greatly contrast. Blake creates an idea of poverty, sorrow, and an overall negative mood through his constant use of dramatic and relatively dark and negative language, such as 'curse', 'hapless soldiers' and 'blackening', which suggests darkness and corruption in the city.

    • Word count: 1714
  17. Compare and contrast the way that murder, those who commit and the effect it has on others is present in the pre-1914 poems you have studied.

    This reduced the attraction of poison becoming a weapon of murder. All murder poems that are going to be compared in this essay are dramatic monologues apart from Isabella and the Pot of Basil which are type of poems in which a character in a story delivers a speech explaining his or her feelings, actions, or motives. The monologue is usually directed towards a silent audience and it is usually about a very critical or dramatic moment in the character's life.

    • Word count: 4641
  18. A comparison of three poems: The laboratory, Porphyrias Lover and A woman to her lover.

    "Do you come to me to bend me to your will as conqueror to the vanquished." The vocabulary in this stanza highlights the strong feelings of the woman. The theme of this poem is about love and equality; we know this because of the various words used to indicate love such as: "O lover." We can also tell that this is about equality as: "I shall be your comrade, friend and mate, to live and work, to love and die with you". The poem follows the structure of a free verse without any constraints this further reinforces Walsh's main message of equality for women.

    • Word count: 1207
  19. How Do Poets Find Consolation in Nature (Wordsworth/Clare/Keats/Bronte)

    The true and full beauty of the daffodils did not affect him at the moment he saw them, rather, later when he was 'in vacant or in pensive mood,' where he wrote how it filled his heart with pleasure. Through this, Wordsworth achieves consolation in nature, as it affected him most when he was sad or lonely state of mind, but acts to lift his spirits. The poem consists of many literary devices including personification, where he wrote 'Tossing their heads in a sprightly dance.' He gave the daffodils human traits in order to illustrate the way they were moving.

    • Word count: 1374
  20. Blake and Wordsworth on London

    This is also reflected in Blake's poem London which is written in iambic tetrameter meaning that it follows an ABAB rhyme scheme and has four beats per line. Blake illustrates through his poem his feelings of anger towards the monarchy and his dispassion for London as a result of the corruption he can see. This resentment of the establishment is expressed through the word "Charter'd" which shows that he feel the streets, and even the river, are ruled over by the establishments.

    • Word count: 894
  21. Compare the ways in which London is Portrayed by William Wordsworth and William Blake

    Therefore, it can be said that the manner in which Wordsworth had described London was very limited in that he would only be able to see aspects that were non-existent where he had lived his life. Furthermore, Wordsworth uses a large amount of hyperbole in order to express his views, this adds both expression and meaning to his views: "Earth has not any thing to shew more fair...." the use of hyperbole in this instance is even greater being the opening sentence, this shows the reader the strong feeling that Wordsworth has for London and through saying "not any thing" rather than the much more conventional "not anything" as a single word.

    • Word count: 3155
  22. Compare the way the theme of love is viewed and conveyed by the author in the poems 'My Last Duchess', 'How Do I Love Thee' and 'A Woman to Her Lover'.

    Each of the four stanzas of A Woman To Her Lover focus on a different topic; the first one talks about men ruling over women in marriage (''...to make of me a bondslave / to bear you children, wearing out my life''), the second one is about men loving and ''worshipping'' women as beautiful things they own, for how they represent the perfect being (''a wingless angel who can do no wrong''), and the third one is about men understanding women as means of sexual pleasure (''...my body supple only for your sense delight'').

    • Word count: 4229
  23. Matthew Arnold and Thomas Hardy. Both Dover Beach and The Voice have some similarities. Both author talks about past and what they experienced in their past.

    Now, however, the sea of faith has become a sea of doubt. Science challenges the precepts of theology and religion; human misery makes people feel abandoned, lonely. People place their faith in material things. And also in last stanza it says Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,

    • Word count: 534
  24. Compare and contrast how two or more poets approach the theme of love.

    The way it says: "My poor heart was strange to men", shows she had never really been with any other person until the shepherd came along. This would make her vulnerable to being hurt by him. In the 4th verse, its states: "I wish, I wish - But it's in vain -, I wish I was a maid again: A maid again I cannot be: O when will green grass cover me?", the use of repetition of the word "wish" shows she deeply regrets losing her virginity to the shepherd, and by the way it says "When will green grass cover me?", tells us she wishes she was dead.

    • Word count: 1720
  25. Pre 20th Century Poetry Coursework

    A child is born from two parents or is 'one blood made of two'. The poet says that the flea is doing. 'More than we would do'. The poet is trying to say the flea has already joined them together, but it is an act which they should partake in. Donne says to spare the flea because 'three lives in one flea spare'. He could be saying that by sparing the flea he is saving his life his audience's life and the flea's life, as their blood has been muddled together in the flea.

    • Word count: 2038

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?
  • Discuss the works of two people who write on the theme of people and landscape

    "In conclusion I believe that R S Thomas and Williams Wondswoth vreat a calm atomosphere when they talk about the landscape. They portray landscape in an excellent way. Now I will take about the theme of people, that the same two poets creat in Tramp" and "The Solitary reaper. Tramp is a poem by R S Thomas. It is about a tramp who s compared toa normal person. He first ....... At a door asking for ten" A tramp with his can, asking for tea" Later on he compares his ambition with someone else ambition by saying" He looks a this feet, I look a the sky" This .... That ausual person would look up in the sky and reach for the starts but a tramp would look for pennys on the floor. When R S Thomas says "Strong for a poor man" he means that he is physically strong and mentally strong. Physically, because he can survive on the streets and mentally because he is a brave to knock at someone's door. The next line isn that paragraph he says."

  • Compare and Contrast the depiction of the countryside and the language techniques used by John Keats and Gerald Manley Hopkins in To Autumn(TM) and Binsey Poplars(TM)

    "It seems to me that the main difference in the two poems is that they were written for different reasons. Keats was nearing the end of his life when he wrote 'To Autumn' and, whilst it would appear that he is talking about the cycle of the seasons and the end of summer, the poem would appear to have a greater universal message in that he is also talking about the circle of life. In Hopkins' 'Binsey Poplars', the message is that nature, the earth and the landscape are all being destroyed only because people were, and are, failing to realise the full consequences of their actions. His view is that the landscape is so precious, yet so fragile, because even the slightest action by man can change it irreversibly. Both poets talk about death in nature, the loss of the autumn, the trees and, in Keats' case, his own life as it was drawing to a close. In my opinion both poets also want the same thing, that is: for the world to remain unchanged; for the landscape to stay as they believed it was intended to be and for the advance of industry to be halted."

  • Compare and Contrast 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'Sonnet 116' by William Shakespeare.

    "In conclusion there are a number of similarities and differences between the two poems although they were written sixty years apart by completely different poets. Despite this Marvell and Shakespeare proceed to use the same theme and express their view using effective imagery linked to the subject matter. An obvious difference would be that one poet writes to a close form were there are restrictions to the way the poem is written. However Marvell writes to an open form were there are no restrictions to the way the poet has to write."

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