Discuss how Marvell in "to his coy mistress" and Shakespeare in "sonnet 60" use the concept of time in these poems and to what purpose.
Discuss how Marvell in "to his coy mistress" and Shakespeare in "sonnet 60" use the concept of time in these poems and to what purpose. Both poems focus on the unavoidable passing of time although their primary purposes are different. Shakespeare uses the passing of time to assert the strength of his love and the power of his verse while Marvell talks about "Time's winged chariot" to induce his mistress into sleeping with him. Marvell's poem's main message is to persuade his mistress to enjoy life, make the most of time and stop being "coy". In the first section he says that if they had "but world enough and time" he would love his mistress from the beginning of time and she could refuse him till the end of time. However, "time's winged chariot" hurries near as he says in the second section. His mistress' "beauty shall no more be found", her "quaint honour" will "turn to dust" and time will also take away his lust. Therefore they should use their time while they can and tear their "pleasures with rough strife" because they cannot make "our sun stand still" so they "will make him run" by enjoying life as much as they can. Shakespeare, on the other hand, stresses the unstoppable minutes that "hasten to their end". He focuses on how we go from "nativity...in the main of light" to death and on how "Time...delves the parallels in Beauty's brow". Nevertheless, he is more romantic
The Raven and Ligeia a comparison.
The Raven and Ligeia a comparison By Rory MacPherson Although the two tales are presented in different literary forms the tales themselves deal with remarkably similar subject matter. So much so that it is possible to compare the style of each with but a little reference to the general themes of the two works. The Raven and Ligeia are both about loss. The narrators of both tales have lost the dearest thing to them, a woman of incomparable talents and beauty. That the loss of this woman has happened for different reasons does not matter for it is how this loss manifests itself in the lives of the narrators that provide the drama and the poignancy of the stories. In each we discover the narrator is dwelling upon that woman that he adored and in each we find the peculiar way in which they deal with this. In the Raven a man sits alone in his chamber reading ancient tomes trying desperately to keep his mind from thoughts of his lost Lenore. But he hears the sounds from without the chamber that could be perhaps the ghost of his beloved. It is this irrational hope and fear that the bounds of death can somehow be transcended and that he might once more speak with his love that begins to lead to his irrational behaviour. When the titular Raven makes it's appearance the narrator is worked into such a fever of imagination guilt and fear that he perceives the bird as some emissary
Comparing the way love is represented in Andrew Marvell's 'To his coy mistress' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine'
Comparing the way love is represented in Andrew Marvell's 'To his coy mistress' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine' Andrew Marvell's 'To his coy mistress' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine' are similar as they both are based on the themes of love and romance, at the same time the poems are very different because 'Valentine' is based on the emotional aspects of love and 'To his coy mistress' is based on the physical aspects of love. 'To his coy mistress' describes that with time, love will gradually disappear until it has all gone, but, 'Valentine' describes that love will stay with you. 'To his coy mistress' is relatively long as a lot is needed to say, to create impact. The theme is that of lust and time affecting love: "... and into ashes all my lust", this line sums up the main theme of the poem. 'Valentine' is a relatively short poem yet it still has impact as good as the first poem. This is because a lot is covered by the theme of an onion being a symbol of love: "Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips", this sums up the main theme of the poem of eternal love. The moods the poems create are powerful because they are shown off effectively. In 'To his coy mistress' the mood is slow and seductive during the first paragraph: "An hundred years should go to praise. Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze." This explains the admiration that the man has for the woman and his
Explore the ways in which Thomas writes about the art of poetry in two or three poems.
Explore the ways in which Thomas writes about the art of poetry in two or three poems. In the poems "in my craft or sullen art" and "once it was the colour of saying" Thomas explores the actual art of creating poetry- this is explicit in "in my craft or sullen art" (SA) but it is more complex and concealed in "once it was the colour of saying" (OCS). In OCS Thomas constantly uses poetic techniques, to an excessive point. He uses these and focus's on the language rather than the actual content and clarifying the meaning of the poem, "Once it was the colour of saying Soaked my table the uglier side of a hill" Thomas mixes 'real' words 'colour of saying' with obscure phrases such as, 'Soaked my table', 'uglier side of a hill', 'white patch of girls grew playing;' Thomas turns the syntax of the sentence around so that the subject of the sentence comes at the end. This causes the reader to think of obscure collocations. He also has this effect by using nouns combined with adjectives this causes confusion as it goes against all normal lexis rules. He goes on to talk about how words are weighing him down 'stones' this represents his inability to express himself freely using words. In the phrase, 'My saying shall be my undoing,' this mixes up the words and so he it trying to express to the reader that by expressing his feelings he is 'undoing' his own thoughts. This to me
Comparing and analysing Heaney's 'Blackberry Picking' and Plath's 'Blackberrying.'
Comparing and analysing Heaney's 'Blackberry Picking' and Plath's 'Blackberrying.' In this essay I shall compare these two poets by studying one poem by each of them and analysing the different literary devices used. Both 'Blackberry picking' and 'Blackberrying' contain strong and powerful uses of imagery. Blackberrying is the first poem, which I shall be studying. It begins, again, rather dully and yet brings across more of a scenic image. "Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries." Obviously this opening line is trying to show a picture of large numbers of blackberries, but notice how she emphasises the negatives as though it is the fact that here are no forms of life around which she is enjoying and not the blackberries. The first image, which she writes of 'A Blackberry alley, going down in hooks', this, is quite a sinister image for each to start. The second image, which she writes of, is that of the size of the berries "big as the ball on your thumb" but she then adds to this by saying the berries are "dumb as eyes." This is an interesting image to be putting to the reader for she is mixing the senses suggesting that the berries have eyes. However this does not bother her because unlike people the berries cannot speak to her or harm her in any way. She moves on from this to include anthropomorphism by describing the berries as "fat", this is normal
Compare the two poets Ted Hughes and Simon Armitage.
Compare the two poets Ted Hughes and Simon Armitage In the untitled poem by Simon Armitage, the poem describes to us a short story that happened many years ago. The story is of a 13-year-old boy during puberty, and not knowing how to deal with his feelings for a girl in his class. The boy heated up scissors in a flame in a chemistry lab and then handed them to the girl marking rings around her fingers. We presume that the boy in the story is the poet, Simon Armitage as the poem is written in 1st person. The poet now feels a little sorry for what he did but tries to excuse it using the sentence, '...that was just my butterfingered way, at 13 of asking you to marry me.' In this quote he tries to use his age as an excuse as he was only young. The poet telling the story does not actually say that he is sorry but we get that impression from the quote, 'Don't believe me, please, if I say...' when the poet was 13 though we get a different opinion of what he was feeling, we get the impression that he felt amused, proud and triumphant of what he had done, but know looking back does not feel the same as he did. I believe that the overall message of the poem is to ask the girl that he burnt at 13 to marry him; he tries to excuse what he did and then goes on to say; 'Don't believe me please, if I say, that was just my butterfingered way, at 13 of asking you to marry me.' I believe
How are sadness and loss recurrent in poetry down years?Comparing 4 poems
How are sadness and loss recurrent in poetry down years? In this piece of coursework I shall explore how the themes of sadness and loss are recurrent in poetry throughout time. I shall do this by closely analysing two pre-1914 poems and four post-1914 poems and show how these two themes are explored by the poets. The two poems written before 1914 shall be La Belle Dame Sans Merci written by John Keats and The Lady of Shalott written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The four poems written after 1914 shall be Modes of Pleasure and Black Jackets, written by Thom Gunn, and Afternoons and Mr Bleaney, written by Philip Larkin. I shall start with the poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci tells of a knight who is in love with, and has been abandoned by, a beautiful daughter of a faery. The fact that she is a faery is important as at the time this poem is set, faeries were classed a mysterious force, not to be reckoned with. When found, the Knight is said to be "alone and palely loitering" and also "so haggard and woe-begone". This shows that he has lost his life, his friends, and is now sad to be so alone. The knight was said to have had a dream where the kings, princes, and warriors all warn "La Belle Dame Sans Merci hath thee in thrall." Then he dreamt that the Knight was left on a "cold-hill side", all alone, with nothing. This dream became true when he
Poetry Analysis: Death Approaching
English Laura Hui Poetry creates people, place and issues. Discuss how these 3 poems recreate a time or situation and to what effect? Death affects us all. However we are more often viewers, onlookers. Some people get to voice their last words, but little get to write an actual poem about death approaching. The poems "Remember" by Christina Rossetti, "Crabbit Old Woman" by Phyllis McCormack and "Refugee Mother and Child" by Chinua Achebe from the EDEXCEL English Anthology create and portray different times and issues by using vivid imagery, sounds and senses and some diction. They play on our emotional responses and provoke us to discuss this slightly controversial issue. "Remember" written by Christina Rossetti tells of a person, in what may be their last moments in our world, informing their loved one not to hold on to her memory and her death forever. Set in the 18th century, mourning and grieving for a period of time was essential. The poem is structured into a sonnet, 14 lines, one stanza. This gives it credibility as sonnets are harder to write. The poem starts off with "Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land;" repetition is used, "gone away, gone far away" to emphasize that the end is coming for this person. This line also depicts the image of the setting after death has come; the diction "silent land" creates imagery in our heads, a
Compare the two poets' representations of and attitudes to nature in 'The Way Through the Woods' and 'Binsey Poplars'.
Compare the two poets' representations of and attitudes to nature in 'The Way Through the Woods' and 'Binsey Poplars'. These two poems, by Gerald Manley Hopkins and Rudyard Kipling respectively, are both concerned with how humans and how their presence among nature can have a negative effect. Both of these poems seem to agree that humans do have an influence on the natural evolution of nature; mainly due to the way humans interfere with nature. However, both of these poems illustrate different ways in the outcome of this interference. Binsey Poplars, focuses on the destruction of nature; specifically the felling trees. In this poem the author (Gerald Manley Hopkins) displays many themes, directly relating to the humans devastation of the trees in Binsey. But the most prominent theme exhibited throughout this poem is mankind's destructive attitude towards nature. Hopkins portrays mankind's destruction of nature as savage, senseless, and inhuman. He shows humans with disregard towards nature, and its possible that Hopkins believes that the felling of the aspens is unnecessary, even a breach of the trees rights. This atmosphere is built up mostly in the second stanza, using phonological effects. The use of 'Hack' and 'rack', as assonance in line 11, induces a severe, enraged mood. The harsh sounds help build up this tone. These examples are also forms of internal
Cross Genre Comparison - 'Blackberries' by Leslie Norris and 'Blackberry Picking' by Seamus Heaney.
Charlotte Jenkins 10P Mrs Penry Coursework Oct. 2003 Cross Genre Comparison 'Blackberries' by Leslie Norris and 'Blackberry Picking' by Seamus Heaney are two different texts but each writer portrays similar messages. 'Blackberries' is a short story set in Wales whereas 'Blackberry Picking' is a poem set in Ireland. As the titles suggest, both texts portray the themes of blackberries, each text describes the experiences of young boys picking blackberries. 'Blackberries' is the story written in the third person of a small boy who is experiencing lots of different thoughts and feelings as he begins to grow up. Norris has used this story to accentuate themes that all children go through but he has portrayed them in a very realistic way that is easy to understand and is also entertaining for the reader. 'Blackberry Picking' is a poem that focuses on the author's memories as a child and the feelings he experiences on the farm in Ireland. The poem is extremely descriptive and the poet conveys his feelings in a very direct way. At first glance the main comparison between the two texts is 'blackberries!' But, by reading and studying the texts we can see there are many themes in common. Both texts focus very strongly on the themes of growing up and facing disappointment. Norris describes the boy's disappointment when his parents are arguing and Heaney uses it when he