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  1. Wordsworth and Coleridge

    Another is was that people should live close to nature. Because of this concern for nature and the 'simple folk', authors began to take an interest in old legends, folk ballads, antiquities, ruins, noble savages and rustic character. * Many writers started to give more play to there senses and to their imagination. Their pictures of nature become livelier and more realistic. They loved to describe rural scenes, graveyards, majestic mountains, and roaring waterfalls. They also liked to write poems and stories of such eerie or supernatural things such as ghosts, haunted castles and mad folk.

    • Word count: 1601
  2. The Fox

    This is what evolution is about, this is why we are different to a dog; we have the ability to reason beyond the animal intuition, which binds the fox. As the fox is craning his neck out as if to be executed a hammer falls with precision and ferocity, "...from his back, descending hiss, /The hammer falls..." that only an animal could have which only sharpens the ideas of the astute poet as he implies that we are animals as well.

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  3. "Nature is not just a matter of representing landscapes, scenes and creatures; it is a source of inspiration and emotion." Discuss with reference to three poems from two different sections.

    Victorian poets, like the Romantics used nature to convey their passions and feelings. I have decided to explore the themes and the use of nature in three different poems, namely, "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3 1802" (William Wordsworth - Romantic), "To Autumn" (John Keats - Romantic) and "Dover Beach" (Matthew Arnold - Victorian). I feel that these poems directly allow the readers to understand the use of nature to communicate the inspirational message in the poetry and express the poet's feeling. In Westminster Bridge, the poet celebrates his love for London, bringing together the city's man made and natural features to create a perfect harmony in the atmosphere.

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  4. How does Gillian Clarke present the relationship between the human and the natural worlds in "Scything"?

    We immediately notice that Clarke has employed free verse as her poetic mode. Free verse seems to eliminate much of the artificiality and some of the aesthetic distance of poetic expression, and could also be a reflection of the disorder and chaos of the modern world. The first stanza of the poem begins with two short and abrupt sentences. These two sentences set the scene, telling the reader that it is late spring, and that the poet has decided to clear her garden. The caesura in the first line, the short sentence structure and the emphatic tone, give the reader the impression that the poet is determined to perform this chore.

    • Word count: 1528
  5. A Critical View of Four Lovely Poems

    "I come to you as a gown child Who has had a pig-headed father" Pound shows us that a grudge that has plagued him for many years is now no longer relevant as he realises that their goal is common. He is quoted as saying "The vital part of my message, taken from the sap and fibre of America, is the same as his. Mentally, I am a Walt Whitman who has learned to wear a collar and a dress shirt" The poet chooses to show this using the symbolism of nature, a young sapling and the fresh start of a piece of wood of which he feels he must further advance in his own poetic form.

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  6. Pre 20th Century Poetry William Wordsworth.

    His belief was in the spirit of nature, Pantheism. Wordsworth was a pantheist. Nature is represented in his belief patterns and his belief in life. Nature is his conscience and therefore his guilt. His morality and ethics come from nature. He was orphaned at a very young age and he then saw nature as his parents, a psychological partner. The moving water is another example of living nature. Nature speaks and moves; this is a symbol of his belief. Wordsworth is good at creating visual imagery. The "craggy ridge" creates a texture image.

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  7. Poets Throughout History Have Examined Man's Relationship With Nature. Briefly Discuss How Some 20th Century Poets Have Dealt With This Theme and Examine In More Detail How Seamus Heaney Treats It In His Collection 'Death Of A Naturalist'

    Heaney decided that nature was made up of aggressive entities which interacted continuously. Two of William Wordsworth's most famous poems about nature are Nutting and Prelude, I will study these. Nutting was originally intended by Wordsworth to form part of The Prelude, a poem on his own life, but not included. The poem was part of a letter Wordsworth sent to a woman named Lucy. It describes a day where Wordsworth goes out to the forest to collect nuts. The poem does not rhyme and is more a story of his adventure than a poem.

    • Word count: 1967
  8. William Wordsworth

    Throughout the poem "Tintern Abbey" there is a sense of there being a symbiosis between poetry and Nature. Nature inspired Wordsworth to write poetry which expressed his love for Nature as well as at the same time, writing this poetry enabled him to reflect deeply and meaningfully upon Nature; something which he loves dearly. Wordsworth had a somewhat idyllic view of the countryside, this is demonstrated in the line "These hedge-rows, hardly hedge-rows, little lines/Of sportive wood run wild". Wordsworth does not just see the hedge-row, his love for Nature is such that he sees it as something greater, and this is shown in his poetry.

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  9. Explore the similarities and differences between the poems "Vergissmeinnicht" by Keith Douglas and "How Sleep the Brave" by William Collins

    They found the dead soldier lying where he fell; beside him was a picture of his girlfriend, Steffi, on which she had written "Vergissmeinnicht" (forget me not). Unlike "Vergissmeinnicht", "How Sleep the Brave" doesn't describe a specific situation but is about soldiers who have been killed in battle. The poem describes the battlefield as their graveyard and describes spring coming to make their graves look beautiful. There is a feeling the soldiers are far away from home and that they have died honourably fighting for freedom.

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  10. Another Metaphor in the Wall

    It is a simple metaphor, and yet the main theme of the poem is the speaker pondering the sentiment: "something there is that doesn't love a wall" (1). For Frost "something" cannot be represented by a single word. Through the poet figure Frost alludes to many things that can be represented by the word "something." Similarly, the wall represents more than just an arbitrary boundary created by humans. It is clear the wall is not necessary between their two properties, the two are separated by a hill and have no cows to coral, and yet the speaker does more to initiate the maintenance of the wall than his neighbor.

    • Word count: 1210
  11. “Tell a man that there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch to be sure.”

    It is something we are able to test, so our curious human nature forces us to. I. The Human Perception- The contrast in people's views on what they know. A. The main idea one has to realize when dealing with human perception is that what one person views may not always be exactly what another has seen. In fact they might not be the same at all. Back in one of my old schools the administration tested this theory on the students, and it proved to be true. They staged a robbery in one of our assemblies, and then had each student describe what he or she perceived.

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  12. A comparison of two poems by Robert Frost: “Ghost House” and “A Cabin in the Clearing”.

    As these are the feelings expressed by the narrator character, this creates empathy. The subject of the poem is the house where the narrator lives, or "dwells", and the "mute folk" that share it with him. Central to the poem is the fact that the house has "vanished" and that nature has returned and reclaimed the land where it once was. The sense of the passage of time, and the inevitability of life, existence and death, is a theme common to much of Frost's work.

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  13. Wordsworth has often been described as the poet of nature. He said of his early experience of nature that it was an unfailing source of " Joy of purest passion." How is this evident in his poetry?

    The first two lines in this poem are about how we spend our time in the world. 'The world is too much with us;late and soon Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:' This shows that Wordsworth feels we rush about too much and never take time to relax. Wordsworth also feels that we have become too materialistic which means that we always want bigger and better things. The next set of lines are a mixture of metaphors and similes.

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  14. Compare and contrast Heaney’s and Wordsworth’s poems about a similar experience in nature, showing the influence of the contexts in which they were writing.

    The reverence given to the lower rural classes in Wordsworth's poem fits our expectation of Romantic writing. This stems from the revolutionary changes that were occurring at the time. In the French Revolution, the monarchy and aristocrats had been overthrown, and the lower classes exalted and seen as pure. But contrary to Romantic opinion, the child in Blackberry Picking is a witness to the aforementioned reality of nature- its death and decay; "- It wasn't fair, That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot."

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  15. “The processes of the poet’s own mind, its mobility and alteration of mood, become the subject matter of all manner of feelings are available to exploration.” To what extent do you find this view useful in your reading of Coleridge’s

    Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison can easily be identified to contain a pattern within their structure. The first stanza of each poem sees the poet in a mood of reflection; and the reader is privy to Coleridge's pensive thoughts, using language to convey his feelings. In This Lime Tree Bower My Prison the tone is sad and melancholy because "they are gone and here I must remain" rather than going on a walk with his friends.

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