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  1. The Prelude

    The two places described create two different moods and pictures in my imagination. "One Evening" is dark and spooky and cold, "Nutting" is the complete opposite, even though there is water there. In "One evening" Wordsworth is describing how he took a small boat which was tied to a willow tree and started to row it across the lake. He felt excited and rowed the boat as quickly as he could. He was also a little afraid he might be caught.

    • Word count: 1084
  2. How does Wordsworth explore knowledge and nature?

    In Wordsworth's poem "Lines written in Early Spring", there are several references to nature. Wordsworth uses animals, trees and air to depict an image of the reality that he lives in and its conflicts. Wordsworth criticised reality from his perspective, by combining the human senses and nature to recreate the reality they experience in the reader's mind. Wordsworth's aim was to make poetry accessible to everyone, every class and every individual in society. He does this by using nature, as nature is available to everyone. In addition, nature creates an insight into the human mind, 'one moment now may give us more than fifty years of reason'.

    • Word count: 1136
  3. Compare the poems for childhood and parenting

    Wordsworth explores different states of mind of both the mother and the son. The mother is shown through the language used. She experiences a range of emotions: overconfidence, doubt, fear and anxiety. However, when we compare her to her son, who is mentally disabled he remains joyful, innocent, imaginative and closer to nature than even his mother he remains unperturbed. The rhyming scheme is first established after the 1st verse, abccb, it adds pace and suspense and it underpins a sense of comedy. Wordsworth doesn't only use this rhyming scheme to add a sense of comedy, but it is like a nursery rhyme, so it can be enjoyable and understandable to everyone.

    • Word count: 1029
  4. Westminster Bridge

    He writes as though he appreciates the rare opportunity to see the real beauty of London. The poem gives you the feeling as if you were part of the poem or the author, sitting on Westminster Bridge admiring the view. In this descriptive poem he goes into the finer details of what he sees and what is around him. He also uses a range of techniques to express his views and portrays London as a majestic city in the morning as the sun shines on the city.

    • Word count: 1244
  5. Discuss the works of two people who write on the theme of people and lendscape

    R.S Thomas concentrate's on the general scene, especially the atmosphere and natural landscape. William Wordsworth also focuses on the general scene; but he goes into more detail with everything. There is a lot of attention put on the environment around, buildings, rivers etc. William Wordsworth's poem does employ a rhyme scheme. This scheme is: A, B, B, A, A, B, B, A, C, D, C, D, C, D. R.S Thomas' poem does not rhyme, meaning that he has not incorporated a rhyme scheme.

    • Word count: 1525
  6. London fete and composed upon Westminster Bridge. I am going to be comparing two poems in this essay the first poem is London fete which was

    In Westminster Bridge the poem creates a happy positive mood as it contains relaxing words such as "all bright and glittering in the smoke less air" which creates calm and reflects his love for nature. The mood f these two poems contrast as a London fete is a negative mood and composed upon Westminster Bridge is a positive mood. The setting to these two poets are important to themes it sets the mood and the scene for the poem. For example in composed upon Westminster bridge the fact that it is the morning and bright it makes the poem happy not sad.

    • Word count: 1429
  7. William Wordsworth's "Expostulation and Reply" and "Strange fits of passion have I known" - review.

    Many Romantic poets, including Coleridge and Keats used nature, but in a drastically different fashion than Wordsworth. When Coleridge and Keats used nature in their poetry, it was often portrayed as this destructive horrible force that should be avoided. They would both often juxtapose a harsh natural environment such as a stormy winter as in Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes" with a warm, safe, and inviting interior. Wordsworth shows nature in a much more positive light, and uses it to enhance the mood of his poetry. From the fourth stanza of "Expostulation and Reply" we see "One morning thus, by Esthwaite lake, /When life was sweet, I knew not why."

    • Word count: 1115
  8. What are the poet's feelings about the city and how does he convey those feelings? (Composed upon Westminster Bridge)

    By using negative connotations Wordsworth is able to convey his biased views "Never did sun more beautifully steep. Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!" The idea of incorporating such exaggerated punctuation as an exclamation mark that Wordsworth uses in his poem brings me onto my next point. Wordsworth conveys his positive feelings for grandeous London by using exclamations. William can convey his feelings both through how the reader is instructed to read the poem and how the reader is then able to visualise the emotion through those exclamations on the page.

    • Word count: 1148
  9. Compare the works of William Wordsworth and R L Thomas showing whether or not their poems differ in themes and style.

    This poem is written in a very positive and written with a lot of imagery. Wordsworth is clearly in awe of this lonely woman who does her job quietly but is still noticed by the poet. This poem is for people who like to read at a slow pace and like descriptive words that create a lot of imagery. This poem, compared with 'Tramp' by R S Thomas, is very different in its style. This poem is on the theme of just people instead of landscape and people, like 'Solitary Reaper.'

    • Word count: 1835
  10. In " The Daffodils" and " Upon Westminster Bridge" the poet shows appreciation of the natural world. What does he appreciate and how does he convey this? Which poem do you prefer?

    In the sestet he tells us of his personal responses to the scene. The poem uses an alternate line rhyming to create the effect of order. It is written in a sonnet using iambic pentameter. This device brings attention and emphasizes the meanings of the words. Wordsworth's shows his feelings for London in a figurative way. He engages the reader by forcing them to change from what they are thinking to what the writer wants them to think. He personifies the sun, the river and the city. From reading the poem one can feel nothing but tranquil, picturing yourself there.

    • Word count: 1340
  11. Wordsworth and Milton, Sonnets and poems.

    In 'To Lady Fitzgerald, In Her Seventieth Year' Wordsworth writes about a lady turning seventy and how she is "beautiful" for her age. He uses rich language to express her expression and nature, giving the reader an image of the seventy year old. Milton's 'Sonnet to the Nightingale' is about a nightingale bird and how its singing reminds him of love "...Lover's heart dost fill,". Both Wordsworth and Milton have used archaic language in their poems; Milton has used old English more distinctively and has actually started with "O" in the 'Sonnet to the Nightingale'.

    • Word count: 1495
  12. Comparison of: 'My Last Duchess' and 'Tombs of Westminster Abbey'.

    On the other hand, 'Tombs of Westminster Abbey' is seen as rhetorical and satirical, as if it was trying to persuade us. To conclude the similarities and differences of the poem, I just have another point to bring up, it seems that in 'My Last Duchess', the character/poet is trying to sound heartless, yet in 'Tombs of Westminster Abbey', the content of death is explained and laid out so as we understand it and don't get the impression of cruelty.

    • Word count: 1058
  13. Compare and contrast two poems that you have studied.

    Grace Nichols was born in 1950 in Guyana in the West Indies. She came to Britain in 1977 with her partner, the poet John Agard. They live in Sussex. Many of her poems were based on the Caribbean theme. Grace Nichols was a 20th century where as William Wordsworth was a 19th century poet. "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" was a poem that described London as a huge powerful place and that has been written from upon Westminster Bridge. Wordsworth uses words like 'Majesty' and phrases like 'And all that mighty heart is lying still,' to emphasize the power and greatness of London.

    • Word count: 1029
  14. Compare and Contrast the Works of Two Poets Who Write On the Themes of People and the Landscape.

    Wordsworth was described as a romantic poet. R. S. Thomas was a leading welsh poet Born in Cardiff (Wales) in 1913. He was educated at the College of North Wales University, Bangor. He then trained theology at St Michael's College, Llandaf in Cardiff. He was then Ordained (he was a vicar) in 1936. He was also the rector of Manafon in 1942. He then went on to become a vicar as well as a poet. He then retired in 1967 at the Age of 55. Then he wrote many of his memorable poems, and then died on the 25th September 2000. R. S. Thomas and William Wordsworth were two very different but then again very similar Poets. R. S.

    • Word count: 1134
  15. Compare and Contrast the Images of London Presented in Wordsworth's 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' and Ian McMillan's 'Wordsworth's Return to Westminster Bridge.'

    The message of the poem is very clear, that London is one of the most beautiful landscapes at that time of the morning. The whole poem is perfectly formed around a Petrarchen sonnet. As it is a sonnet it consists of only fourteen lines in which Wordsworth has to write the poem. This means his language has to be specific and meaningful to make his message clear by the end of the poem. Wordsworth sets the tone for the rest of the poem in his first few lines of the octave: "Earth has not any thing to shew more fair:

    • Word count: 1649
  16. How does Coleridge's Kubla Khan explain the process of creativity?

    Kubla Khan's power over his empire of Xanadu would therefore represent the poet's power and control over his mind. The sacred river, 'Alph' symbolises the poet's imagination. This symbol is exceptionally significant as the poem follows the path of the flowing river and therefore enables the reader to understand the process of creativity. With the reader having understood the essential symbols of the poem, the journey of the river begins. ' Through the caverns measureless to man' By saying this, Coleridge is explaining that imagination can reach beyond measurements and that it has no restrictions, as the caverns represent the limits of imagination.

    • Word count: 1947
  17. Show that Wordsworth's "The Daffodils" and Blake's "London" are visions of Heaven and Hell.

    Similarly, 'Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way', shows an idea which is not of this earth, and so would seem to be of somewhere less real and more spiritual, like Heaven. In Blake's poem, he also uses imagery to depict an effigy of Hell. He looks at 'How the Chimney-sweepers cry' which would create thoughts of burning, which would be what a lot of people associate with Hell and the idea of suffering. Blake expresses his feelings of frustration and sadness.

    • Word count: 1589
  18. Compare and contrast the two poems 'Slough' and 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'.

    The houses were not overhung by their cloud of smoke, and they were spread out endlessly, yet the sun shone so brightly, with such a fierce light; that there was something like the purity of one of nature's own grand spectacles". This poem is partly what inspired Wordsworth John Betjeman wrote Slough in 1936. Betjeman too described his surroundings, which were set in a suburb of London. The difference was that Bateman described his surroundings in a horrible way. The poem Bateman wrote is a critical view of what he saw through his own eyes of how society was developing in all classes, and the effects that the First World War had upon society in general.

    • Word count: 1170
  19. Daffodils, by William Wordsworth.

    He seemed to almost admire the daffodils- he approached them in a manner which seemed to show he was stunned by their beauty, regarding them as something precious, maybe, perhaps, higher up than him. Wordsworth writes using the first person, so it must have been something he saw, something that affected him personally. He uses an iambic meter, which helps to capture movement, gives it a bouncy, happy feeling and flows well. The rhyming scheme is ABABCC, two alternatively rhyming couplets and then a rhyming couplet. This sets up a regular rhythm and beat, which is used throughout the poem.

    • Word count: 1443
  20. Compare and Contrast the works Of two poets who write on The themes of people And landscape - Ronald Stewart Thomas and William Wordsworth

    The love of such things may have led him to become one of the most influential romantic poets'. RS Thomas was a vicar, rector of Manafon. He was separated from the world in a parish near Newton in Wales. Much of his work is set in Wales, his birthplace. It was here were Thomas found most of his peasants' tough, oppressive, narrow men. RS Thomas hardened, and his mode of thought reflected into his poetry. The first poems I am going to compare are "Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth and "A day in autumn" by RS Thomas.

    • Word count: 1571
  21. Compare and Contrast Sir John Betjamen's 'Slough' and William Wordsworth's 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'

    This quotation contains personification. Wordsworth gives the city a personal attribute by saying the city wears a garment. He uses it to make the city seem like a royal person, therefore he is praising the Royalty of London, which we know he has support for. In the last six lines (sestet), Wordsworth uses natural imagery to praise London- "In his first splendor valley, rock or hill" Although this change is significant, Wordsworth does it discreetly. He does it so that he has considered both the natural and man-made characteristics of London. The natural imagery is deliberately left until the last six lines so it sticks in the mind of the reader.

    • Word count: 1599
  22. Compare and contrast how Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty and William Wordsworth's She was a Phantom of Delight explore the theme of attraction to mysterious beauty. In your answer you must comment on:

    He was a very strict and elaborate which is shown in She Was a Phantom of Delight when he makes sure every line has 8 syllables which is discussed in the next paragraph. In comparison the younger poet Lord Byron by 18 years. Byron was a handsome man but had a deformed foot. He inherited his title and his real name George Gordon is not as wildly known. He was influenced by previous romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Byron's work also shows a similar strictness like William.

    • Word count: 1708
  23. Comparison between ‘The Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth, and ‘Miracle on St.David’s Day’ by Gillian Clarke.

    Wordsworth lived in the eighteenth century and was born in 1770. He was a romantic poet, who saw nature in a romantic way. He tried to teach the reader to appreciate nature more than we do now, and that nature is beautiful and should be respected with our souls. Clark is still alive today, making her a contemporary poet, and Miracle was written in 1980, but her actual experience was some ten years before that. I think that Wordsworth's inspiration didn't just come from the experience, but more the lasting effect on his memory, and the feelings that he still felt years after the sight met him.

    • Word count: 1965
  24. Compare and Contrast Wordsworths “London 1802” and Arnolds “Dover Beach” as responses to the poets views of their situation

    In the 1840's during the beginning of the scientific revolution, where people were starting to disband their religious beliefs, because of the scientific advances which were going on in the British Empire in the nineteenth century, which were enabling proper, scientific explanations for things that were previously usually explained by religion, such as The Creation Theory in the bible which was superceded by the theory of evolution, which Sir Charles Darwin discovered in the nineteenth century. Both, "Dover Beach" and "London 1802" were written in the first-half of the nineteenth century, so the subjects that they are writing the poems about should be similar, which they are, so they are good poems to compare and contrast for this reason.

    • Word count: 1246
  25. Analysis of 'A Complaint' by William Wordsworth.

    It opens up the idea of this loss as being something personally shaking. In the second line, we get an idea of what has been lost ? some person's love, which 'hath been, nor long ago.' This tells us that, whatever has happened between the two of them, is a shock to the poet, and that it probably has happened quite recently 'nor long ago.' Whatever it is, the poet takes it quite strongly to the heart. This metaphorical image of fountain captures the original intensity of the friend's love because fountains project water with some force.

    • Word count: 1395

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 and contrast how Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty and William Wordsworth's She was a Phantom of Delight explore the theme of attraction to mysterious beauty. In your answer you must comment on:

    "In conclusion this essay has shown that the two very similar romantic poets, Byron and Wordsworth have conveyed their ideas of mysterious beauty through poetry in many strict ways. The structure of their poems has shown how both poems are very regular and have a strict orderly rhyming scheme. The use of certain language features has given the poems a more in depth understanding and this has been shown in both the first lines and parts of the poems referring to beauty. The first lines have also grasped the reader by not giving away the whole meaning of the poem. The characters of both ladies in the poems have shown that perhaps one could have been a prostitute and the other maybe a ghost. Finally physical imagery in the poems has shown that both poets differ on how they picture beauty and this is shown through their poetry. Peter Luetchford English Coursework 15th May 2002 Page 1 of 3"

  • Compare and contrast the two poems 'Slough' and 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'.

    "I preferred 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' rather than 'Slough' as I found that the poem was very calming and tranquil. It was short, easy to read and easy to understand. The ways that Wordsworth described the place made the poem shine because it was made to sound really peaceful and beautiful. I was able to create a vision of a place that seemed non-existent, or far out of our reach, but Wordsworth really captures the beauty. Cheryl Arnak 3320"

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