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GCSE: William Wordsworth

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  1. “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” and “London 1802” By Wordsworth.

    London is described as being regal. "This city doth like a garment wear The beauty of the morning..." These lines use personification to describe the beauty of the morning sun shining down on the city. The city is "wearing" the beauty of the morning and it is peaceful, the next line includes everything in to the peace and tranquillity "Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie". The next line describes London as perfect and unspoilt, and that it opens on to fields which can be seen from Westminster Bridge.

    • Word count: 934
  2. 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for things that were previously usually explained by religion, such as The Creation Theory in the bible which was superceded by the theory of evolution, which Sir Charles Darwin discovered in the nineteenth century.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
  3. Choose two poems in which the poets celebrate scenes. What is celebrated in each poem and how do the poets use form, structure and language to express what makes the place special

    John Davidson is expressing his love of Romney Marsh through rhyme, rhythm, sound, colour and language. To begin, Davidson uses personification to show Romney Marsh as a place rich in beauty: 'A veil of purple vapour...', 'air like sapphire...', '...all diamond drops.', '...silver fire'. These all express the writer's love of the place and how he finds it as beautiful as normal people would find a royal monarch. Davidson also expresses how he finds Romney Marsh a colourful and bright place by using words like '...yellow sunlight...', '...purple vapour...' and '...crimson brands...'. The writer also expresses how bright he finds the place by the fact that even in the evening the place still shows colour and he uses an oxymoron at the same time to particularly emphasise the brightness: 'The darkly shining salt sea drops,'.

    • Word count: 909
  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
  5. Comparing “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth and “To Daffodils” by Robert Herrick

    Instead of just describing the physical characteristics of the daffodils it goes further and talks about the life of a daffodil. It talks about how short there life is and that there peak is even shorter. The poem compares their life to one of a human; from the poem you can see that the writer thinks we have a short life and an even shorter youth. You can see how the poem is describing the stages of life by comparing them to the stages of the day, youth being morning, middle age being midday and old age being afternoon leading into the night.

    • Word count: 625
  6. Daffodils Appreciation

    Wordsworth overwhelms us with collective images in verse 2, relating the daffodils to stars, describing them as stretching `in never-ending line` and also expressing that he sees `ten thousand ... at a glance`. In the last line of verse 1 he personifies the daffodils to be `fluttering and dancing in the breeze`. We can elaborate on Wordsworth's many collective images through this line. Frequently, communities or groups of people have trouble working together, but through Wordsworth's personification of the daffodils, also seen in line 12 where the daffodils are `tossing their heads in sprightly dance,` we recognize that the daffodils are working together in unison with no trouble at all.

    • Word count: 830
  7. 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

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