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  1. Poem Rising Five

    The poet has been able to convey his concern of people not living the present through the use of metaphors, symbolism, presenting imageries, using alliteration and comparison. The poem presents a lot of metaphors between nature and the human being. It shows how the human life cycle is not so different from a plant's cycle. First the plant is a bud; is a newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded, the human just a baby; a small creature, still a new-born, with no power at all and has not discovered its function or whatsoever in the world.

    • Word count: 1030
  2. Look again at Upon My Son Samuel his Going for England, Novem 6, 1657 by Ann Bradstreet, in which the speaker conveys her feelings towards her child, and at one other poem from the anthology in which the speaker conveys his or he

    The speakers in both poems are the poet as well as the parent, but differ in the fact that one is the mother and the other the father, thus the parental concerns are expressed in very different ways. In "Upon My Son Samuel..." the speaker expresses her worries very directly and sees herself as being primarily responsible for her child. Therefore she does all she can to protect him, and in this case she pleads God to "Protect him there, and bring him back".

    • Word count: 1188
  3. Christopher Marlowe

    Furthermore, Shakespeare and Marlowe were born on the same here, so many consider the two somewhat of a rivalry. At Cambridge he studied theology, philosophy, and history. Marlowe later disappeared at this point in his life; at least from society. Cambridge records have him leaving school but there is theory that he was recruited by the government for espionage work. Marlowe received his degree after academic years that included long, unexplained absences, only at the intervention of the Privy Council, on grounds of his unspecified "good service" to the nation. The privy council is a body of officials and dignitaries chosen by the British monarch as an advisory council to the Crown.

    • Word count: 1485
  4. Choose two or three of the poems you have studied by John Donne and compare and contrast the poet's treatment of the theme of love. Your analysis should include comments on the poet's techniques, use of language and stanza form

    The template Petrarchan love poem - that idolises women, portraying them as Goddesses - is utterly "turned on its head". It could be argued that even at this early stage in his writing career, Donne had an interest in social issues and saw these love poems as nothing more than dishonest approaches to attempting to engage in sexual intercourse with a desired partner. Donne's greatly controversial views on intimate relationships could be seen as somewhat "modern" - even by today's standards.

    • Word count: 1373
  5. Robert Frost writes about rural life in New England. By referring closely to at least two of his poems, show how he makes New England rural life vivid to the reader.

    kills herself, and he reflects on the brevity and pointlessness of life: 'Out, out, brief candle!' It is significant to this poem because Frost is also reflecting on the futility and shortness of life through the loss and the innocence of the child, which is illustrated through the emergency and alarm in the boy's pointless plea: 'Don't let him cut my hand off-' The poem is written in blank verse, using the iambic pentameter of ten syllables per line to imitate in the natural rhythm of speech. At the beginning of the poem Frost uses personification of the buzz saw to create an effective opening, which is furthered by the unpleasant sounds of the onomatopoeic snarling

    • Word count: 1138
  6. Relevance of the Bible in Classes

    Esther appears in the Bible as a woman of deep piety, faith, courage, patriotism, and caution, combined with resolution. She is a dutiful daughter to her adopted father, loyal to her fellow Jewish people and she was very charming too; "she obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her" (434). Similarly, Jael is often referred to as "Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, of tent-dwelling women most blessed" (222). She defies her husband in order to kill Sisera; and proves that men in the Bible did not control women.

    • Word count: 1143
  7. How have poets over the centuries used satire to comment on their times?

    Popes mock-heroic methods in The Rape of the Lock emphasize the ridiculousness and absurdity of a society in which values have lost all proportion and the unimportant issues is handles with the seriousness that ought to be accorded to truly important issues. The society on display in this poem is one that fails to distinguish between things that matter and things that do not. The Peer now spreads the glittering Forfex wide, T' inclose the Lock; now joins it, to divide.

    • Word count: 1139
  8. Walter De La Mare The Keys of morning Commentary draft

    Also in this verse there is juxtaposition ?Death softly watching her in the sunshine pale and sweet?. It is strange to put death and sunshine together as death is frequently associated with darkness. Also De La Mare writes that the sunshine is pale and sweet. However the sun cannot be sweet. Therefore it is a metaphor. The second stanza is a description of death and the keys he is holding. ?He sat with half-shut eyes like an old sailor in a ship?. This is a simile. In this verse De La Mare writes ?These peeping small, Louisa saw quite clearly?.

    • Word count: 1115
  9. Analysis of "The Highwayman" written by Alfred Noyes

    Instead, she would have to sacrifice her life in order to save her lover. This is further reinforced by ?and hell at one dark window?, further suggesting that Bess?s life was near ending. Furthermore, the simile ?? down like a dog?, suggests the horrid death of The Highwayman as the kings men hunted him showing no remorse. Here the poet creates the horrific image of death; death that compared to an animal being hunted down. Secondly, poet uses ?similes? throughout as another technique to help further develop a clear and concise image of the events almost like a moving picture.

    • Word count: 1641

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?
  • A comparative Analysis of Shall I Compare Thee

    "Both Poems are powered by the human drive to find a partner and are expressive of the poet's inner emotions around the mysterious forces of love and that of its subsidiary emotions. They are both at odds yet strangely similar, and that's what makes them so good to compare; they are linked to a core theme but are coming to a conclusion from two different perspectives and that's what makes them so useful when put together."

  • Discuss the opening of Paradise Lost, Book 1, commenting on the style, the focus on Satan and explaining Milton(TM)s stated purpose in writing Paradise Lost.

    "Milton tells the audience the reason why he created paradise lost in the exordium, which is the summary of content and is a typical feature of classic epics, such as the Odyssey and in plays by Shakespeare. He also wanted to write a Christian epic in English as he felt that the English language was important enough to be known all over the world, and in order to do that, there would have to be a great English epic. So, Milton wrote an epic about the biggest and most important subjects: Heaven, Hell, God, Satan, Man and His fall from paradise, and initially, the beginning of thime to the Last Judgement."

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