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Show how Tennison in particular, but also Browning use poetic effects to convey their descriptive and emotional meanings.

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Show how Tennison in particular, but also Browning use poetic effects to convey their descriptive and emotional meanings. For this essay, two poems will be compared: the second half of 'Morte d'Arthur', written by Alfred Lord Tennison, and 'How they brought the good news from Ghent to Aix', written by Robert Browning. Both of these poems were written in roughly the same period (about halfway through the 19th century), but they both express different emotions: pessimism is expressed in Morte d'Arthur, in a way that suggests that all great societies eventually die away, which is apparent with the description of the death of King Arthur in the poem. How they brought the good news from Ghent to Aix expresses a different meaning; it expresses optimism, with its rapid rhythm conveying excitement. When these poems were written, Britain was undergoing a revolution: industrialisation was taking place on a large scale, and Darwin's Origin of Species had shaken the foundations of society; previously, there had been a blind faith in religion, but this was undermined. ...read more.


in the storyline, as well as words describing pain being used to further emphasise the strife of Sir Bedivere: "juts of slippery crag" and "sharp-smitten" being two examples. When Arthur has been placed in the barge, a metaphor is used to describe his face: "for all his face was white and colourless, and like the wither'd moon..." His face is compared to the moon to emphasise how white it is, but also the moon is described as being withered because King Arthur is dying, and a withered moon is a moon that is receding, therefore the dying face of King Arthur is compared with a moon that is also 'dying'. This metaphor is then compared with another metaphor: "and the light and lustrous curls - that made his forehead like a rising sun..." Here his face is compared with a rising sun, i.e. A sun that is very bright. This comparison is made to show the contrast between what King Arthur's face usually looks like and what it looks like when he is dying; the contrast between sun and moon further emphasises the terrible state that King Arthur is in. ...read more.


one of the rider's horses collapses. The rhythm still flows, as the rhyming pattern for each stanza is AABBCC - a simple rhyming system which enables the rhythm of the poem to flow while keeping the excitement. Another effect used to help emphasise the emotions in this poem is the fact that the details of the 'good news' are never actually revealed, which creates anticipation (to find out what the good news is as the poem is read, even though we are never told), which is then reinforced with the exciting rhythm. The poem hints at the urgency of the good news: "Yet there is time!" suggests that there is a time limit for when the news has to be delivered, confirming the urgency of the story of this poem. Also, after only one rider is left, the horse is described as "bearing the whole weight..." which suggests that the news is extremely important, and "of the news which alone could save Aix from her fate..." suggests that only this important news can save an entire city from a terrible fate, thus confirming the importance of this news. James Lawrence 11C ...read more.

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