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  1. Compare 'Lake Isle of Innisfree' by WB Yeats with 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by W Wordsworth.

    Also on the first line of each stanza Yeats repeats words, to emphasise what he wants. By using simple phrases like 'clay and wattle' an impression of a simple small cottage in the middle of nowhere is created. And simple words, such as 'glimmer' and veils' make this place sound so peaceful and glamorous. All of the first stanza is about Yeats dreaming of peace. In the last line of the stanza Yeats writes 'And live alone in the bee-loud glade.' This gives a sense of tranquillity because he is alone, there be no children screaming and couples arguing.

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  2. Comparisons between ' The Daffodils' by William Wordsworth and 'The new fast automatic Daffodils' by Adrian Henri.

    The rhyme scheme: ab ab cc makes it easy to remember. Stanza 4 means: The poet is lying on his back looking to the sky and thinking about the daffodils. By thinking of the daffodils, it makes him happy and he gets happy thoughts about it. 'The waves beside them dance', is a metaphor. I would definitely chose this poem, because it is a relaxing poem, I think the poem will attract people. It tells people what he thinks of daffodils. The poem refers to the characteristics of landscapes. It think, people form the 1900 will understand it because it is written in their language.

    • Word count: 791
  3. In "The Lonely Land," Arthur James Marshall Smith captures the aggressive character of the country, Canada.

    The next few lines "and in the bay blown spume and windrift and thin, bitter spray snap at the whirling sky; and the pine trees lean one way." These lines reveal that it is about to rain and there is froth forming at bay with strong winds blowing sprigs of flowers at bay and causing the pine trees to sway from one side to the other. Smith uses techniques such as diction, repetition and personification to describe what he has written about and gives us a clear picture of the scene.

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  4. 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
  5. Comparing two poems - 'Binsey Poplars' by Hopkins and 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' by Wordsworth.

    On the other hand, the Wordsworth poem is more joyful. It has an overall feeling of happiness which is seen from the word 'dance'. This word is repeated in every stanza of the poem to continually remind the reader of the joyous feeling throughout the poem. The poem also comes across as carefree which can be seen by the description of the jubilant mood the author is in: '...on my couch I lie in a vacant or in pensive mood' Wordsworth writes that he 'lies' on his couch it immediately shows the calm and peaceful state he is in.

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  6. This essay is going to compare the content, the structure and the language of the two poems, 'Daffodils' and 'Westminster Bridge,' both composed by the poet, William Wordsworth.

    so deep.' These were the similarities between the contents of the two poems. There are also differences in the contents of the two poems. Wordsworth imagines what others responses may be on the scene in 'Westminster Bridge,' 'Dull would he be ...soul.' The landscape differs from rural to urban. 'Daffodils' takes place in a rural landscape. '...high o'er vales and hills,' and 'beside...lake, beneath...trees.' 'Westminster Bridge' takes place in an urban landscape. '...towers, domes, theatres...temples lie,' and '...houses seem asleep.' In 'Daffodils,' Wordsworth re-evaluates his emotional response to the scene, '...my heart with pleasure fills,' but he does not do this in 'Westminster Bridge.' The structure of the two poems differs as well.

    • Word count: 755
  7. Compare the poems 'upon Westminster bridge' by Wordsworth and 'London' by Blake.

    As the sunrises Wordsworth describes the city at its best and fells proud and keen to talk about the beauty of the city. Wordsworth uses the words "silent" used to described the cities quite and peaceful land the word "bare" this means no people about yet and the calm atmosphere. Wordsworth describes the building he can see they all stand out "beautiful" buildings, which are designed for religious worship made for the communities the music and the theatre. The other buildings stand out for the cultural, religion and the architecture reasons.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Winter Poetry - Skating at Night William Wordsworth.

    Wordsworth uses the word 'melancholy' to show that the beautiful scene, he once knew, is fading with old age a shows a slight sadness to the poem. Winter Percy Bysshe Shelley Shelley uses alliteration to show that winter is harsh 'the wind was his whip' this also shows that it is a negative and destructive time. He writes: 'One choppy finger' to make you wonder what winter will do next. Shelley portrays winter as an evil character using personification such as: 'whip' 'lip' to make it more effective.

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  10. 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
  11. 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.

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  12. Comparing and contrasting 'i thank you God' by e.e. cummings with 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsthworth.

    Wordsworth's begins gently. He starts off with; 'Earth has not anything to show more fair.' This means that there is nothing more beautiful. He then goes on to say that you must be of really dull nature if such a wonderful sight does not touch you. This poem is more conventional and uses proper punctuation. The wording is not spontaneous and rushed liked Cummings's. It is first an octlet and then a seslet. It is an iamic pentameter. The poem by E.E. Cummings is also an iamic pentameter. The poem continues by saying how beautiful the sky is and everything that is forever, 'which is Yes.'

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  13. Choose 3 poems by William Wordsworth where the poet expresses great happiness and admiration and seems to be in the grip of a powerful emotion .Refer closely to the language used in the poems , Consider the emotion, language and the situation in each poem

    The poem is also a sonnet which means it has a length and therefore will affect the poem. The poem starts off by describing London in the line "Earth has not anything to show more fair" Wordsworth is in high praise of the tranquillity and the peacefulness of London in the morning as he had previously been involved in the Napoleonic War. Wordsworth then says "This city now doth, like a garment wear", he does this to personify London as if it is an animal which is sleeping. Wordsworth then brings contrast into the by first mentioning the "ships, towers, domes and theatres" and then mentioning the fields.

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  14. 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.

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  15. Composed upon Westminster bridge by William Wodsworth.

    He begins the poem personifying Earth telling the reader that the beauty that it reflects touches everybody who sees it -'not anything to show more fair.....' 'Touching in its majesty' Line 1-3 gives accolades of the fairness and majestic appearance of the subject, which we are unaware about. In the second line he also goes on to explain that only a 'dull person' would not notice this majestic beauty. The reader still seems to be unaware of the subject. It is only in the fourth line that he mentions 'This City' - London.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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."

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  23. Comparison of 20th century prose

    at what has become of London. The sense of fear I get from the next two lines "And the hapless soldiers sigh, runs in blood down palace walls" It seems to show, to me, that their will be a revolution in which the mob comes to the palace whilst the soldier is on guard and he is unlucky (hapless) enough to be killed, the only reason I think Blake says that blood runs down the palace wall is to make it extreme enough to grasp everyone's attention.

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  24. The Listeners - Atmosphere

    is repeated: this sounds like the poet is trying to give the message that the traveller speaking was very straight to the point and precise about what he said. This is all part of creating the character. Atmosphere is also created by use of well demonstrated description mainly through verbs and adjectives. For example the phrases 'the moonlit door' and 'stood thronging the faint moon beams on the dark stair' both contain 'moon'.

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  25. 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.

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