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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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