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  1. Analysis of The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

    The second chapter contains two major ideas. The first is Turner's defense and explanation of the appropriateness of anger. Turner thinks that society wrongly taught the people to repress and fear their emotions. Turner finds primal emotions to be necessary to our survival, as well as the survival of the wild. He explains that anger occurs when we defend something we love or something we feel is sacred. He reminds us to cherish our anger and use it to fuel rebellion. Turner criticizes the cowardice of modern environmentalists in the following passage: "The courage and resistance shown by the Navajos at Big Mountain, by Polish workers, by blacks in South Africa, and, most extraordinarily, by Chinese students in Tiananmen

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  2. NATURE, natural, and the group of words derived from them, or allied to them in etymology, have at all times filled a great pl

    According to the Platonic method which is still the best type of such investigations, the first thing to be done with so vague a term is to ascertain precisely what it means. It is also a rule of the same method that the meaning of an abstraction is best sought for in the concrete---of an universal in the particular. Adopting this course with the word Nature, the first question must be, what is meant by the ``nature'' of a particular object?

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  3. Amine Werther's attitudes to nature. Is any development discernible? You may also wish to refer to Goethe's poetry of the same period.

    Werther grew up in a small market town and had a happy childhood. From a young age, he enjoyed walking in the countryside and the imagining fantastic places through which the river will flow. After the death of his Father, he moved with his Mother to a larger town, which he found intolerable. After the death of his girl friend Leonore, he is sent away by his Mother to deal with a legal matter. He arrives in the new surroundings suffering from depression.

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  4. Explore the Relationship Between Literature and Politics In the Work of Romantic Authors.

    Wordsworth claimed in the Preface to the book that it would take as its subject the 'low and rustic life'2 and reject the 'conventional poetic diction in favour of 'the real language of men'.3 Compared to conventional eighteenth century verse, the language used by Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads is direct and simple, though this is not true for all of the poems. The Last of the Flock does conform to this, as it is a ballad written in a straightforward style without the use of highly elevated poetic language.

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  5. The Project Paper - The short story.

    Sometimes, as the American short story writer O.Henry (1862-1910) popularized it. Short stories may have a "surprise ending." 2. Define explication and an analysis. Explication and analysis are two forms of criticism. An explication is the attempt to analyse a literary work thoroughly by giving full attention to its complexities of form and meaning. Explication is normally a detailed explanation of the manner in which the language and formal structure of a story poem., or play work to achieve a unity of form and content.

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  6. Precarious Magic

    Opium was a vital means of relief for a society plagued with cholera, dysentery, and tuberculosis. Diseases born of the horrific living conditions of the Industrial Revolution. Opium seemed to be a panacea, reducing the physical manifestations of these diseases, many of which were incurable. It helped ease the pain, and was not only affordable, but readily available. "In Britain alone, opium-based medicines saved countless adults and children from death."5 But it did more than save lives- it provided an escape from the miseries and uncertainties of working-class life. It helped men and women calm their fears and doubts, as they struggled to raise and feed a family in the harsh reality of grinding poverty.

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  7. Compare and Contrast The Concept of Nature in the Works of Karl Marx and Ralph Waldo Emerson

    development of human society and political economy are based upon certain metaphysical assumptions that centre around the concepts of reality, truth, history, humanity, and nature. It is tempting to view Marx and Emerson as being representatives of different sides of the ecophilosophy coin. Indeed Marx has been criticised by Adorno for "perpetuating a belief in economic growth that sees human emancipation at the expense of nature" (Hayward, 43), and by Porrit, who believes that "in the way that they (Marx and Engels)

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  8. 'Poetry is the image of man and nature' (Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads). Critically evaluate the importance of nature in Romantic poetry.

    Nature becomes an aide-m�moire of the carefree bliss of youth. Nature and youth are intrinsic to the William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. No more is this apparent than in Nurse's Song from Songs of innocence, in which Blake celebrates the purity of childhood. The poem's beginning is the exposition of a pastoral Eden, where: voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill5. while the conclusion: the little ones leaped & shouted & laugh'd And all the hills echoed, the rhythm and repetition of '&' being mimetic of the children's rollicking 'coaser pleasures'6, is a delightful evocation of the innocent bliss of youth.

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  9. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834), English poet, critic, and philosopher, who was a leader of the Romantic movement.

    The 1800 edition of the book contained a preface by Wordsworth, written at Coleridge's request. This piece offered an explanation of the thinking behind the collection, arguing that "the real language of men" should be part of poetic diction. The relationship between the imagination of the poet and the beauty of the natural world was also a central concern. III CONVERSATIONAL POEMS Critical interest in Coleridge has focused on the poems he wrote in the 1790s. One of the major achievements of this period was his development of the Conversational or Conversation poem. Deeply personal, these works are emotional meditations upon experiences from everyday life.

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  10. Is there any contradiction between what has been described as Emily Dickinson’s ‘miniaturism’ (most of her poems have less than 30 lines) and the themes she deals with?

    Dickinson was able to recite the whole bible by heart, and refers to it often in her work; religion being one of her most recurring themes. Bogan states that "...One or two resemblances between Emily Dickinson and Blake can be traced (quite apart from the fairly unimportant fact that Miss Dickinson, in her apprenticeship, closely imitated Blake's form in at least two poems). Both took over the simplest forms of the song and the hymn and turned this simplicity to their own uses."

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Write a detailed analysis of 'Michael' and two of Wordsworth's sonnets - Discuss similarities and differences between these poems and give a personal response.

    "I find all the poems to be enjoyable and quite entertaining. They also express Wordsworth's philosophy in very simple stories. The stories are all assumed by me to be true, due to the use of names of places, and their correct detailed descriptions. All poems are similar in theme, using love, nature and God as prominent aspects. My favourite poem is 'It is a beauteous evening..', a sonnets format is very attractive to the ear, with regular rhyme and beat. The theme is very relaxing and beautifully written, words like 'calm', 'quiet', 'nun' and 'gentleness' are all used, they give a loving image of nature and people. Using contrast between words also evokes emotion, such as 'thunder' to describe the rowdy sea. The moral of the sonnet a good one too, it is introduced in the sestet, while the octave describes the surroundings and the mood. In the sestet it describes a girl who, despite appearances, is as close to God, and appreciative of nature as her companion is. For all these reasons, in my personal opinion, I believe 'It is a beauteous evening..' is best at sending over it's message, while also giving entertainment, though I thought all were very good. 1 English Coursework Final Draft-Aled Jones"

  • On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff - Compare and contrast the ways in which two poets communicate feelings about the passing of time

    "In conclusion, both poems use similar techniques to portray the feelings in each one. The poems are different in what they are trying to convey yet the similar methods seem to be suitable in both cases. On Wenlock Edge is telling the story of nature's long battle with man and its destructive manner. The uses of alliteration, repetition and tone help show how over a long period of time nature wins its battles. In Beeny Cliff the poem is told through the eyes of a man whose mood changes in the poem. At the beginning he is happy and contented but by the end he is sadder and shows the change over a short amount of time. Both poems convey negative feelings with their tones. On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff use nature mainly to describe feelings and time but On Wenlock Edge shows the everlasting way of nature while Beeny Cliff uses nature to portray people's feelings."

  • Compare and Contrast The Concept of Nature in the Works of Karl Marx and Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "It is hard to come to any definite conclusion as to where Marx and Emerson stand as regards their concepts of nature, but what I have tried to show is that the fact that Marx can be shown to be a techno-centric productivist and that Emerson can be shown to be in reverence of the unfathomable wonders of spiritual nature does not mean that Emerson is the head and Marx is the tail of eco-philosophy coin, and neither does it necessarily mean that Emerson is more "deep - green" than Marx, although it may at first look like it."

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