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  1. Oetry from other cultures - Woman Work & The Heroines.

    This women also has more than one child "The tots to dress" So maybe she cannot make enough money to buy food but has to manually grow it. "Then see about the sick" This woman possibly could not afford a doctor because they have to pay for Health Care in the U.S.A or possibly didn't have the same opportunities because she was treated differently seeing as she was black. "Cotton to pick" Black people who were originally slaves were brought to America and worked on large cotton plantations, when Maya angelou refers to cotton she could be suggesting that the woman's life isn't far removed from slavery.

    • Word count: 1329
  2. Compare and Contrast the ways in which Wordsworth and R.S.Thomas respond to nature in their poetry.

    The "blended notes" shows the harmony in nature and I can create an image of birds singing, making these notes. The poem carry's on in a feminine way with "her fair works" which is artistic and makes nature look like a drawing. Wordsworths' passion and love for nature is very strong as "it grieves his heart". He seems a religious man, as "faith" implies religious thoughts e.g. faith in God. "Every flower/ Enjoys the air it breathes". Breathing in air is like taking in the Holy Spirit.

    • Word count: 1540
  3. Poem Analysis: Binsey Poplars, Author of Poem: G.M. Hopkins.

    Hence if we damage our eyes they become useless to us, because we cannot see with them. The implication is that we are harmed as much as the landscape; Hopkins wants us to feel this as a real loss to ourselves. Not only will the landscape not be there, but we will also no longer be able to see it. I believe that Hopkins has made a terrific comparison here; nature must not be underestimated as it has been around for longer than anyone on earth and is an important part of the world in the past and will be in the future as well.

    • Word count: 1225
  4. Discuss Endymion in the light of Romanticism.

    Book 1 is the largest of the four books, so it encompasses more of the themes than the others. The effect of this is that the reader is given the full experience of what can be expected in the entire poem, to prepare the reader and manipulate their thoughts and impressions throughout the poem. Book 1 opens with a description of nature, somewhat irrelevant from the story of the poem, but having the effect of putting the reader, as well as the author in a positive and pleasant frame of mind. The story of Endymion begins with a pastoral scene; 'upon the sides of Latmos was outspread a might forest; for the moist earth fed so plenteously all weed-hidden roots into o'er-hanging boughs and precious fruits'.

    • Word count: 1339
  5. Discuss Keats' use of Nature in 'Endymion'.

    The temple is dedicated to the Greek God Pan, the God of nature. Keats shows how the people of the time that the mythology is set had simple and rather uncivilised lives. He does this by introducing shepherds into the scene. Readers think of shepherds as simple folk who lead very calm and serene lives, therefore giving the impression that the scene is set in relatively primitive times. Keats also has a tendency to describe the scenery very well, for example, he says 'Some idly trailed their sheep hooks on the ground...Now coming from beneath the forest trees'.

    • Word count: 1070
  6. Remembrance by Emily Bronte is an elegy and contains a lot of negative imagery.

    about in the poem is her mother and the poem is about her as Patrick Bronte had lovers after the death of Emily's mother and I believe that the poem is about Emily's feeling towards these women that none of these people can replace her mother. Another reason why I believe that the poem is about Emily is that I feel that it shows her enjoyment of being isolated in her own world (Gondal), words such as 'dreams' related to Gondal as it was in her dreams when she visited Gondal.

    • Word count: 1416
  7. Emily Bronte was totally dedicated to the wonder of nature and also had a strong religious influence in her life from her father. Discuss the way in which these things are evident in the five poems studied.

    The poem is sad and downbeat and Emily puts this across to the reader by using negative imagery of nature. Sun is light to everything on Earth and although this is a positive thing Emily uses negative imagery of the sun and she is looking at the sun as more of a ball of fire that is dangerous rather than a bearer of light. This is backed up by the message Emily put across in 'Stars' where the reader is given the impression that Emily feels exposed by the Sunlight and protected and safe in the dark.

    • Word count: 1444
  8. "Meeting at Night VS Resolution and Independence".

    An image however is not necessarily only a visual image; the image can be created by the poet's use of different senses and qualities. Both of the poems also change from negative to positive. In the first verse of Meeting at Night, Browning emphasizes a man's desperate and brave quest for romantic pleasure, which is prevented with obstacles and doubt. Also in the poem "Meeting At Night," a powerfully romantic mood is built almost entirely by the use of images, which practically involve all of our senses.

    • Word count: 1026
  9. Choose two or three Romantic poems on nature.

    Romanticism was the idea that nature teaches the only important knowledge to man. The next philosopher to influence Wordsworth was Hartley, who taught that the mind was a "blank slate" until sensation introduced ideas into it, that sensation was the basis of all knowledge. Wordsworth, in his preface to the Lyrical Ballads insisted that poetry should be about the evocation of emotion and the inculcation of awareness through the artistic examination of immediate experience - poetry should be about how we emotionally respond to our experiences. For Wordsworth, the earth was not a dead thing, but full of life, full of the breath of the infinite Being.

    • Word count: 1304
  10. Composed upon Westminster Bridge and The World is too much with us.

    Wordsworth uses the octave for the exposition or the theme and the sestate for the conclusion. "The World is too much with us" embodies one of the central ideas of the Romantic Movement in poetry, of which Wordsworth was a founder - that in our daily life, especially living in towns, we have lost touch with the renewing powers of nature. "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" is a magnificent sonnet, which shows Wordsworth appreciating and indeed demonstrating the beauty of a great city - though perhaps it is characteristic of his love for solitude, and is set in the early morning, when there is no bustle and noise.

    • Word count: 1455
  11. A comparison and contrast of ‘A Woman’s Work’ by Dorothy Nimmo, and ‘Woman Work’ by Maya Angelou.

    extremely apologetic manner, I believe the attitude of the poem is an acceptance that there is nothing wrong with the subservient role of women. There is a continuous blame on the woman in the poem for the way in which her relationship ended, even at the end where this woman has a more optimistic view there is still no mention of anyone else taking responsibility for the relationship. The second poem, 'Woman Work' by Maya Angelou has the opposite attitude to the first poem.

    • Word count: 1567
  12. Compare and contrast the poem “Pylons” by Stanley Smith with the poem “The Pylons” by Stephen Spender.

    Certainly both poems are written with a sense of regret and foreboding about the future, the installation of pylons is not being celebrated as a technological improvement but seen in a negative light, that will lead loss of a traditional way of life that has gone on for centuries. Spender conveys these sentiments in his opening stanza; "The secret of these hills was stone and cottages Of that stone made, And crumbling roads That turned on sudden hidden villages." Not only is the secret nature of the countryside implied but also the idea of man being part of that natural world using natural materials for his home, in this case stone, and thereby not alienating himself from the natural world.

    • Word count: 1187
  13. Looking at six poems you have studied, discuss how they are typical of the Romantic genre.

    Wordsworth is a Pantheist - someone who believes God is in nature, this is a key feature shown in Romantic poetry. His belief is clearly presented in 'Upon Westminster Bridge': 'A sight so touching in its majesty'. Wordsworth is creating a positive image of the view from Westminster Bridge. Symbolism is used: 'glittering in the smokeless air' - the air is clean, not polluted. 'All that mighty heart is lying still!' - The population is happy, and in love with the view, because it is described as a heart.

    • Word count: 1498
  14. Examine Wordsworth's Relationship with Nature in Any Two Poems from "Lyrical Ballads". Compare How His Tone, Form and Style Shapes Meaning.

    "Expostulation and Reply" is made up of eight stanzas with each containing four lines and there is a pivotal stanza that stands out by itself in the middle. This is because the first part of the poem is a conversation, then no one speaks, which is the pivotal stanza then the conversation carries on for the end of the poem. The structure of "The Tables Turned" is similar to "Expostulation and Reply" as it is made up of eight stanzas and four lines, but this time there is no pivotal stanza as all the way through the poem it is just William speaking.

    • Word count: 1329
  15. How is the passage of time created in "Ozymandias" and " I Remember, I Remember"?

    The passage of time is demonstrated by using an octave and a sestet. In the octave Shelley talks about how powerful Ozymandias was, and in the sestet he talks about how Ozymandias's power has gone. This successfully highlights that time has past and power has faded. In the octave Shelley uses 'antique land' to describe the grandeur of where Ozymandias's statue was in his time of glory. Also if the statue was to 'stand in the desert' this might symbol that Ozymandias was strong and powerful just like his statue, which was able to withstand the ravages of nature.

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  16. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, 3rd September, 1802 by William Wordsworth, To Autumn by John Keats and Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    Wordsworth clearly writes here in iambic pentameter, and is again formal in the use of stress'. The formality shown in structure, rhythm, and rhyme, and Wordsworth's use of declaratives, suggest that his poem is factual, unquestionable. For instance, he says 'Earth has not anything to show more fair:' and not 'I have not seen anything so fair'. His language, however, is less formal, his words are mostly monosyllabic, and not intimidating to a reader. In using exclamation marks, Wordsworth shows his emotion though; he seems overwhelmed by the calm.

    • Word count: 1672
  17. Many poets were inspired and influenced by nature but however the two most famous poets would have to be Seamus Heany and William Wordsworth.

    Wordsworth was much honoured in his later years and from 1843 until his death was Poet Laureate. In Seamus Heany's 'Death of a Naturalist', he writes about himself as a child who is fascinated and is inspired by nature. The poem starts with an innocent child who is caught up in nature and is particularly captivated with frogs and frogspawn. Heany is famous for using the senses and he uses the superbly in the poem. He uses sight really well as it paints a picture in the readers mind 'jampotfuls of jellied specks' this is good as it goes into great detail and makes the reader feel as if he is actually there.

    • Word count: 1933
  18. "In view of Wordsworth's Claim for the importance to him of low and rustic life; estimate the effectiveness of those poems which deal with the life and character of country people."

    He creates an almost mystical association between himself, the land and these men. I feel that the most important aspect of these poems and how they relate back to nature and naturalism is the vivid and beautiful use of description that Wordsworth successfully uses to describe and familiarise us with the three characters. Simon Lee is an old huntsman who has been fit all his life and has worked. But now, he is described as "lean and sick", "thin and dry" and "few months of life has he in store". Wordsworth tells us that he is the only one left.

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  19. Limitation of science - As the world changes over time, the understanging of science also changes.

    The assumption of a preconceived scheme of nature had caused a great limitation in the scientific description of nature. If one believes in this hypothesis than, one should also accept that there happens nothing in nature which science could not determine. This acceptance would lead one to determinism, in other words believing in this assumption would be the same thing as accepting determinism.That brings the issue to the problem of determinism. According to determinism if the initial conditon was known, than what will happen could be determined. In other words if one knows the cause, than one could also know what would happen as a result.

    • Word count: 1042
  20. Compare and contrast the poems 'part one' by Adrian Henri and the excerpts from William Wordsworth's poem 'the prelude' - In what ways are they similar and in what ways are the different?

    The description of the 'nasty smell from the tannery' emphasises the view that Liverpool is an industrial area which creates pollution and causes damage to the environment. The allusion to the 'big shops at Christmas' reminds us that Liverpool is a sizeable city and very busy at Christmas time. Although Liverpool reached its prime during the heady 1960's and indeed the city did suffer economically during the 1980's. Liverpool is possibly most renowned as the home of the most successful pop band of all time-the Beatles, heralding the beginning of an era in which Liverpool was the capital of popular culture.

    • Word count: 1387
  21. Compare and contrast the ways in which Wordsworth and RS Thomas respond to nature in their poetry.

    The poem "Lines written in early spring" is a quatrain with six stanzas. "I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a groove I sat reclined" In this poem Wordsworth writes in first person, in a way personalising the poem. This creates an effect in the sense that, it shows how involved he is in the poem and how he is affected it; this explains and shows us what he was experiencing at the present time. For example the mood he was in, where he wrote etc. The title coveys hoe the rest of the poem the poem will be like; this is because 'early spring' is the time for new birth; when nature becomes beautiful.

    • Word count: 1287
  22. Nature Poetry - "Compare and Contrast the boyhood experiences of Seamus Heaney and William Wordsworth"

    These are not words we would commonly associate with nature. When you think of "nature" you think of flowers, trees etc. We do no think of the unpleasant side of nature. Heaney uses onomatopoeic phrases like, "bubbles gargled delicately." "Gargled" and "delicately" are not two words we would associate together. Heaney describes how collecting frogspawn was his favourite time. He describes the frogspawn as "warm thick slobber." He would keep them in jars until they "burst into nimble swimming tadpoles."

    • Word count: 1674
  23. Li Po as a Taoist

    He seems to truly reject the lifestyle of 'jade and gold' described in Chapter 9 of Lao Tzu. He also appears to advocate simplicity in "Conversations Among Mountains". When asked why he lives in the mountains, Li Po response is "I smile can't answer I am completely at peace" (Five T'Ang Poets 69). It is obvious that Li Po finds his peace living in the mountains, not living in the luxury of a city, and hence truly living the simple life described by The Way.

    • Word count: 1117
  24. A man travels in the Yukon on an extremely cold morning with a husky wolf-dog.

    so he lets it go. The man finally realizes he may die and panics. He begins running along the trail and runs untill he can't run anymore and falls from exaustion. He realizes he is going to die and decides he should meet death in a more dignified manner. The man falls off into a comfortable sleep. The dog who has been by his side the whole time even after the man tried to kill it does not understand why the man is sitting in the snow like that without making a fire.

    • Word count: 1389
  25. Seamus Heany - Death of a Naturalistand The Early Purges

    The language Heany uses in The Early Purges is atmospheric. When the kittens are "slung on the snout of the pump", the "slinging" depersonalises them, showing that Heany no longer sees them as animals, but like objects to be repulsed by. This is echoed strongly by the description of them as "mealy and crisp" , which also adds a definite sense of revulsion, and when they "bob and shine" like "wet gloves". The pups and kittens are "pitched" and "prodded" to their deaths, confirming that they are not considered pets as they would be in the town, but merely "pests".

    • Word count: 1493

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