• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Write about three poems, which convey the atmosphere of a particular place. (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost, The Barn by Seamus Heaney, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge - Wordsworth)

Extracts from this document...


Write about three poems, which convey the atmosphere of a particular place. Describe each place and show how the poet has communicated its special atmosphere I am going to write about three poems, which I think, go into great detail in describing the place or places where the poem is being set. The reason why I picked these poems is that these poems all are very touching to many peoples feelings as they all give the reader great description of what the places may look or feel like. The poems are "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, "The Barn" by Seamus Heaney. The first poem that I am going to examine is "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge". William Wordsworth was a Romantic poet. The poem is set in the early morning where there is no hustle, bustle and noise. In this poem Wordsworth has written about London in the nineteenth century. ...read more.


He makes it clear in line three that he doesn't want to be seen; this is because he is trespassing on another person's land. The poem was written around the 21st of December. We get this evidence from line eight; "The darkest evening of the year". The woods are dark and deep almost death-like. The poet momentarily toys with the idea of death; he almost has to convince himself that life must go on. I think he may have been considering suicide. Many the elements in the poem point towards death for example the woods would only seem attractive to someone who wants to die because there is no warmth in the woods on a snowy evening. He decides to go on with his busy life and fulfil his human duties. In the last three lines "But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep/ and miles to go before I sleep" it seems that he snaps out of his daydream and prepares to go on home. ...read more.


The place was not pleasant: "chilly concrete". All the stanzas sum into one other, which is known as enjambment. In line three he mentioned "hoarded" and "armoury". Hoarded means to store and armoury gives us a sense of war or threat. He makes it clear that inside the barn is very dark, dusty, and clausterfobic. By the end of the third stanza we realise that the barn frightened him as a child. He refers to the clogging of cobwebs blocking up your lungs and the staring of bats at him as their bright eyes stared into his nightmare. He sees himself being "chaffed"/packed up by the birds mentioned as predators. The fear of the unknown can play on the mind and lead to a nightmare. In this case Seamus Heaney is the victim. A lot of these things that he has had nightmares over are in fact just lifeless objects within the barn. To conclude I personally feel that William Wordsworth has created an atmosphere and has communicated it to us the reader the best. However Frost and Heaney have made very good attempts. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Kelly 12.A2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Seamus Heaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Seamus Heaney essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Compare the poems 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney and ' 'Out Out- ' ' ...

    4 star(s)

    Instead of being in class he 'sat all morning in the college sick bay'. Not only is this a disturbance of his routine he is also isolated from his class mates. This is the first suggestion that death and grief isolates.

  2. Background Material by Tony Harrison

    All the while the author seems to want to deny this while admitting it at the same time. The atmosphere is sad and sombre. I feel that this poem is talking about the breakup of his parents.

  1. How Seamus Heaney Evokes the Sensations and Emotions of Childhood by Comparing any Three ...

    to describe how polluted it is, yet there is still a grimy reflection in the river. He is obviously not far from civilization as he can see the reflections of the tops of buildings in the river. Heaney goes onto describe how the rat looked: 'back bunched' (Line 22)

  2. A comparative study of "The Death of a naturalist" by Seamus Heaney and "The ...

    The flaxdam was a monstrous hell like place. The flaxdam was not a pleasant place although Heaney liked to go there as a child. All bad effects that happened to Heaney were just manifestations of his childhood. Words and phrases such as "warm thick slobber" in Death of naturalist actually pleased Heaney when he was a child.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work