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  1. R.S Thomas and William Wordsworth. Compare and Contrast the works of two poets who write on the theme of people and the landscape.

    He is the opposite of Thomas because he only sees the good in things. His work was influenced by the beautiful scenes he had excursions to as a child. A Romantic poet wrote poems which are calm and meaningful. For example, he wrote a poem called 'On Westminster Bridge.' This poem is about Wordsworth who is standing on the bridge and he describes what he can see. Not only the buildings but as well as nature. He also shares his emotion about the picturesque scenery. The first line shows that according to him, there is nothing better than this view anywhere in the world.

    • Word count: 2883
  2. An analytical comparison between Philip Larkin's 'Here' and Wordsworth's 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'.

    What I interpreted from this is Wordsworth had a similar desire for tranquility and solitude as did Larkin. In Larkin's poem he is on a journey and so we can say he may be traveling on a train where he is isolated from the large industrial town he passes but can look out the window and make observations, this indicates he likes solitude and simplicity (as we later interpret from the later lines). Compared to Larkin, Wordsworth is observing from a neutral point as in the title he is upon Westminster Bridge.

    • Word count: 2050
  3. It has been said that Wordsworth's Lucy poems have more differences than similarities.

    The fifth poem, Three years she grew, is less direct. It is made up of sextets with rhyming pattern A-A-B-C-C-B. These regular rhythms to the poems add to the sense of similarity and also to the simplicity of the poems. The simplicity of the language Wordsworth uses is present in all of the poems, however one poem in particular is more elaborate than the others. The word order in Strange fits of passion is more complicated than in I travelled among unknown men. This is used to emphasise the words at the end of the sentence; "...and wayward thoughts will slide."

    • Word count: 2321
  4. Describe How a Poet trys to Portray a Vivid Sense of Place.

    At no point in the sonnet does Wordsworth describe the actual construction which is the bridge. Instead he writes more about, I think, the general atmosphere of the place and describes it as: A sight so touching in its majesty So, here, we wonder if the sight is the bridge itself or if it has something to do with the day being so beautiful, or a combination of both. Either way the word "majesty" gives us a sense of grandeur and splendour and we can imagine the beautiful scene.

    • Word count: 2207

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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