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  1. In Salman the Solitary, Yashar Kemal uses several symbols to embody the reality and life of his characters. Throughout the story there are several references made to nature, and one particular motif in this pattern is the symbolic suggestion of birds.

    However Salman was not always like this, his degradation towards this state began as joyful little boy filled with unlimited love for his step father Ismail Agha. Salman was the apple of Ismail Agha's eye, and center of his love and affection, but after Mustafa's birth, Salman began to endure the worst form of abuse a child can receive: neglect. This abandonment of Salman can be seen in the following excerpt: For his newborn son Ismail Agha's adoration knew no bounds.

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  2. "The experience of the wild exposes and educates." How well is this statement supported by your prescribed texts?

    It exposes him to the truth about life in civilised societies and about civilisation. The Child Ovid encounters in the wild is indeed a symbol of nature and represents the ultimate level of communion with the natural environment. The Child's relationship with nature is what keeps him alive. Nature is like a mother to him. His physical ability is evidence of his oneness with nature - while Ovid is chilled under wraps, the boy remains naked and seem oblivious to the cold. Tragically ironic though, is the fact that after some time in society, the Child is no longer capable of withstanding the cold.

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  3. Deconstruction of Frost at midnight by Coleridge

    At home within the confounds of his cottage, Coleridge due to the surroundings, sits alone late at night, 'the inmates... have left me to that solitude, which suits abstruse musings' the strong word solitude emotionally conveys how disturbing it feels for himself to be isolated, this is paradoxical to the fact that he is not physically isolated but comments upon that such eerie stillness and silence of the house provokes obscure emotional thoughts and reflections. Moving systolically panning in and out of thought and surroundings, the poem begins drawing in the attention of the responder by such technique to ultimately gain such an emotive situation of inner thought and begin to undertake the journey into the imagination as well.

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  4. Both the movie Whale Rider, and Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" are examples of the Romantic Journey. Whale Rider is a timeless story that involves spiritual death and mystical awakenings. It features not only the proof

    Pai, the surviving twin, is a Maori girl living in a village on the coast of New Zealand. After the death her brother and mother's death, Pai's father leaves for Europe. Left with her grandparents and no other siblings, Pai is, essentially, alone in the world. Thus begins the community's, as well a Pai's journey. Pai's grandfather, Koro, lets her know under no uncertain terms, that he has no use for her. She tries to gain his attention and affections, but to no avail. She is a female, and therefore not worthy by his standards. For many generations, Pai's family had been the leaders of the local Maori tribe.

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  5. How does Coleridge use of language and structure justify the claim that part 1 of the poem has a hypnotic quality that creates a sense of strangeness and mystery? 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

    Unhand me, greybeard loon!' This hostile response does not deter mariner, however, who then 'holds him with his glittering eye.' By a stark contrast, the wedding guest stands still 'And listens like a three years' child.' This simile highlights the shift in the guest's attitude. It appears as though something transitory must have happened for the hostile mood to evaporate suddenly, and with the mention of the mariner's 'glittering eye,' it would seems that the mariner has somehow hypnotised the wedding guest, and now 'The Mariner hath his will.'

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  6. The Plainness of Puritanism vs. the Individuality of Transcendentalism The two most prominent groups in American history, Puritanism and transcendentalism

    Those who did were accused of bonding with the devil. In the Crucible Reverend Parris accuses Abigail of being in the woods, "Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time. But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it." (Miller 22) In this passage the Puritans reacted when one is wondering about the forest. However, the transcendentalist's view of nature was quite the opposite; it was a symbol of the heavenly spirit.

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  7. What do you think to be the central theme or themes of "Tintern Abbey". How are the themes developed through the versification, imagery and symbolism and structure of the poem? William Unsworth, the

    According to the poem, Unsworth also believed that the nature possessed miraculous abilities to endow him with "sensations sweet" at times of his "weariness" and provide "tranquil restoration" to mankind. However it is subtly conveyed also, that the nature has formidable power, which dominate over man. The abbey, which is ironically absent from the scene, works as a symbolism of multiple principles. Symbolic of the destructive power of time, while conveying the nature's supremacy over man and man's creation. Inevitably as time pass, the abbey -a great creation of man - becomes a part of the nature.

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  8. Afterwards' by Thomas Hardy Q: Discuss the theme of the poem, and evoke how it is fully developed.Also give details to how the poem is conveyed to the reader.

    By doing so, we are leaving our traces of life, allowing others to remember us through nature itself. Then we are enabled to live an eternal life. These intense ideas are fully conveyed through explicit images of nature, diction and the versification of the poet. Although the poem handles the tragic reality of inevitable death, the text's atmosphere is kept on a fairly sanguine level, allowing alleviated flow of narration. This is accomplished by the abundant, paradoxical images of serene nature; conveying the ideas of death and nature, at the same time. The imageries of nature also contribute towards conveying and developing the theme.

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  9. "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" by: William Wordsworth

    First, the speaker speaks very highly of revisiting his memories mentaly which nature has made available for him. These beauteous forms Through a long absence, have not been to me As is a landscape to a blind man's eye: But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din Of towns and cities, I have owed to them, In hours of weariness, sensations sweet Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart; And passing even into my purer mind With tranquil restoration:--feelings too Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps, As have no slight or trivial influence On that best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered, acts Of kindness and of love.

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  10. #3: Describe the character development Thoreau experiences and shares with his readers, and how the symbolism depicted and the elements of the setting contribute to his belief that humans can commune directly with the divine in nature.

    (Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank, February 23, 1944) This description of the happiness found in nature fits directly with the idea of transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. He believed that God could be found through becoming one with nature and observing the natural world. Nature became all things necessary when Thoreau moved to Walden Pond. Nature was his provider and his companion. It was his source of living and his confidant. Nature became everything simple and everything good in the world.

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  11. Access the Enlightenment view of human nature. What are the wider implications of different concepts of human nature?

    These norms serve to legitimate human action and to justify the exercise of political authority. The natural law is held to be 'natural' in two related senses. In the first place, it is so fundamental to human life that its binding force is a matter of moral necessity rather than choice: to recognise that there is such a thing as a 'law of nature' and to fail to abide by it is to fly in the face of a standard that is intrinsic to humanity.

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  12. Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" - review

    Once Man has reached this breaking point the only place to turn is the person next to them. I support Crane's belief that in the end all we really have is sympathy and support from others. It is the harshness of nature that creates a bond between humans. Without this kindness of the human spirit, the world would be a much more miserable place to live. The story revolves around four men, known simply as the captain, the oiler, the correspondent, and the cook, stranded in the ocean in a small boat. Crane's descriptions in these opening scenes show right away the antagonism of the men and the sea and nature's lack of concern for their tragedy: "The

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  13. Macneice's poems often move rapidly from one impression to another. Discuss the consequences of this.

    The contrast and incongruity of the snow and the rose is a central motif in MacNeice's poem Snow. The vivid image of pink roses stands out against the white snow; in addition, pink roses have sexual connotations. In the myth of Venus pink roses originated from her blushes when Zeus saw her bathing this stands in opposition to the image of virginal white snow. Roses symbolise not only love, but their thorns have become emblem of the pain love can inflict whereas snow suggests purity, cleanliness, and innocence. As snow is water in a frozen form there is the sense that it is temporary and ethereal whereas a rose is constant and of itself.

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  14. In the 1800 Preface to lyrical Ballads, Wordworth said that he wrote about people whose 'passions…are incorporated with the beautiful and permanent forms of nature'. Discuss

    To Wordworth nature was purer and more wholesome. In Keats poem 'Ode to a Nightingale' he also explores aspects of nature as does words worth in 'lines written in early spring' which are typical of those in romantic poetry .Keats starts off looking at a typical romantic idea focusing on himself as an individual looking at his own feelings. When the Nightingale is introduced in line five 'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot' the nightingale is shown as having complete happiness the Nightingales happiness inspires Keats to become happy and gets him into a better mood.

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  15. Compare and contrast the poet's attitude to and appreciation of the natural world in at least two poems you have studied.

    The two poems that I feel effectively communicate Hopkins' and Longfellows' ideas are respectively "Pied Beauty" and "Snowflakes". Although they are similar in their content concerning their love for the natural world, the poems do differ in the way in which each poet relates his ideas. Hopkins' poem "Pied Beauty" is one of the most famous, characteristic and linguistically accessible pieces combining the elements of nature and religion. In it the poet praises the creator for the infinite range and scope within creation. His appreciation of the natural world ranges in scale from a rainbow trout to an entire landscape.

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  16. Comparative Study of Texts: Wordsworth and Malouf

    * The landscape provides a sensual stimulation of the imagination, in the remembrance of the ideals of childhood and connection to unrestricted nature. 'Ye presence of nature! In the skies or in the earth? Ye visions of the hills!' * A passive reflection and recreation of the past provides a stimulation and a rejection of the values of the city. 'If thou appear'st untouched by solemn thought, thy nature is not therefore less divine.' * Nature allows a suspension of thoughts and reason, and helps instinct and feeling to dominate: 'O listen for the vale profound is overflowing with the sound!'

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  17. Comparative Commentary - There will come soft rains.

    The poem makes use of a wide range of figurative language. For example alliteration is adopted in the first stanza. The words "soft", "smell", "swallows" and "shimmering sound" combine together to give a musical rhythm to the poem, which help to bring out the harmony of nature. Personification of wildlife and even nature itself is also found in the poem, such as frogs singing, robins wearing and whistling and spring waking up. This is to illustrate that nature has taken over humans' place in the world and become dominant. "Shimmering sound" in the first stanza is also a demonstration of onomatopoeia, the imitation of the sound concretes the abstract scenery rolled up before readers.

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  18. Write as much as you can on the idea of nature and its relationship to art and poetry in 'A Skylark'.

    The Skylark is natures representative, a bird that carries a certain aura due to it rarely being seen yet being heard so clearly, 'And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest,' and 'Thou art unseen, yet I hear they shrill delight,' The alliteration in the first quote is a cleverly emphasized illustration of the birds majestical ability to soar so high and yet still be heard. This firmly establishes early on in the poem the mystery that the skylark projects and later enables Shelley's skylark to be shown as a strong spiritual and almost holy being.

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  19. Comparison of Wordsworth and Malouf.

    Cut off from civilization in an alien landscape, Malouf's truncated description of nature 'No flower. No fruit' emphasizes the emptiness of the land. It is through this exile that Ovid undergoes many changes which eventually lead him to an enlightened state of oneness with nature. Without language, Ovid is lost, a child who has to relearn "Will I have to learn everything all over again, like a small child?" Through words, the land itself comes into existence, experienced as if for the first time. Ovid undergoes a cyclical progression where he finds himself "more and more often slipping back to my childhood", and this relation is shown in the prologue where Ovid as a boy says, "There is something in our nature that we share with wolves."

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  20. The Violent Against Nature.

    I have also included a demon and a detailed description of it as Dante did. This demon fits into this ring because it is the body of an animal and face of a man. This is a symbol of man hurting nature, but in the end it really just hurt himself. I have also provided a detailed description of the terrain and punishment of this ring, so that the reader can understand and visualize the purpose of this section of the Inferno. I have made parallels to Dante's adventure to make the style similar and to show that I understand and can interpret his writing.

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  21. The novel "As for me and my house" by Sinclair Ross.

    His masters would never let him: "He was a wolfhound; we should have let him live like one"(1) For El-Greco his life was comparable to a life in a prison with two guards always watching him and never letting him go far or escape. El-Greco is a wild animal. His original habitat is the wilderness. When he goes with Mrs. Bentley to see the moon rise, he starts howling at it: "...and when it was well above the horizon he went off and howled at it ..."(p.169) For him, he lives in a fake world where everything is artificial and without meaning. That's why from time to time he tries to run away and go to the prairie.

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  22. Chekhov describes 'Uncle Vanya' as "scenes from a country life." How adequate do you find the playwright's definition?

    When the Serebryakov asks the other characters to meet with him for a meeting, the arguments that break out there are resolved only by Vanya apologising to Serebryakov as he cannot conceivably escape the hostility and awkwardness that Sonya feels at such a falling out. Indeed, Sonya pleads with Vanya: "You and Papa must make up. It's essential." The inability to escape other characters is embodied by the conversation between Yelena and Astrov, where she asks him to "Go away" and here she is meaning literally leave.

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  23. Growing up in different times: Heaney and Wordsworth.

    There are also differences for Heaney nature was only like a teacher while for Wordsworth nature was even things like his conscience. Heaney grew from fear to confidence. Wordsworth's writing was very philosophical and always contained a much deeper meaning than Heaney's writing did. This is just a few poems from Heaney's anthology Death of a Naturalist. In the poem "Death of a Naturalist" the change Seamus experiences is one which we all experience yet at the time do not know that it has taken place and probably for some years will not know.

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  24. An analytical comparison of the popular ballad of Mary Hamilton and Wordsworth's Simon Lee.

    Wordsworth's poem 'Simon Lee the old huntsman' adapts the ballad form but unlike the popular ballad form, Simon Lee consists of eight line stanzas, which mainly consist of three lines of iambic tetrameter changing to an alternating pattern of iambic trimeter and iambic tetrameter ending on a iambic trimeter. With the exception of stanza nine which follows a flowing iambic tetrameter to iambic trimeter pattern which I feel is the turning point in the ballad. It also follows a rhyming scheme of (ababxdxd), although stanza's two, five, seven and twelve differ slightly to (ababcdcd); rhyming lines 5 and 7.

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  25. The Pulse of Poetry.

    Nowlan attempts to make a statement on humanity in reference to the treatment of Christ during biblical times. Within the poem are subtle mythical and biblical references to the moose, portraying it as Christ the martyr of freedom and civilization. This however only becomes clear in the 5th stanza when Nowlan makes a reference to a "purple cap of thistles" place upon the moose's head. The first image of power and superiority can be found straight from the title. The animal is not just any animal but a moose, large, powerful a Canadian symbol of our wilderness.

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