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AS and A Level: Comparative Essays

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  1. Making reference to at least three poems, explore the relationship between man and nature that Wordsworth and Coleridge describe.

    This is echoed in Tintern Abbey, the first four lines praising the "sweet inland murmur" of mountain springs while offering precise information - the poet has been absent for "five summers, with the length//Of five long winters!". The likening of summer to a long winter implies the poet has missed the closeness with Tintern Abbey, the real experience of the world around him is what contents him. Lines perhaps offers more of an explanation as to why the relationship between man and nature should be a close one; "One moment now may give us more//Than fifty years of reason".

    • Word count: 931
  2. emily dickinson

    The ultimate isolation, death is a common theme in many of Dickinson's work. In poems such as "I Died for Beauty," "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died," and "The Chariot," she shares her dark, yet optimistic views on death. Dickinson shows truth and reality; the true nature of God, and the state of the soul. As a result of separating herself from others' beliefs, Emily Dickinson led a lonely life and this is thoroughly demonstrated in her poetry.

    • Word count: 2064
  3. In what ways, and how, does Elizabeth Barrett Browning convey deep and eternal love in the poem How Do I Love Thee? from the Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII?

    This poem was written when she was forty years old and she writes with a certain innocence, mixed with a mature, womanly outlook. Elizabeth Barrett Browning secretly married Robert Browning, who was six years her junior and the two set out for Italy to escape her domineering father. The poem "How Do I Love Thee?" is part of a sequence written by Barrett Browning during this period of her life and the poem is a declaration of love to her new husband.

    • Word count: 2745
  4. Does Claudius Portray An Average Machiavellian Villain Coursework

    As the play begins, Claudius has taken possession of the crown. "The serpent that did sting thy father's life now wears his crown." Ghost of Old Hamlet has told Prince Hamlet and the audience how he died. His brother poisoned him. This action alone is cruel but would not guarantee the crown to Claudius, for that to happen Claudius must do more. "With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage, in equal scale weighing delight and dole-taken to wife."

    • Word count: 1107
  5. Emma Gifford Poems

    'I Found Her Out There' is also one of Hardy's poems that shows many emotions and some concerns of his about where Emma had been buried. Hardy's main concern is the fact that he wants Emma to be in her childhood home of Cornwall where she loved to be but instead she is buried in Wessex where they lived. In the poem Hardy says that he wants Emma to be "where she once domiciled". This shows that Hardy wanted Emma to return to her home where she once was as he knows that she enjoyed her life there more than what she did in Wessex.

    • Word count: 1562
  6. Say how far you agree with the views that Drummer Hodge is presented in a romantic, idealised way, and that Graves(TM) German soldier is presented with stark realism.

    Both poems describe the death of a soldier in different scenarios and the ways in which they do so differ hugely. The reasons as to why they differ so greatly are down, as mentioned, to the writer's own experiences and opinions whilst also being largely affected by the audience they are aimed towards. 'A Dead Boche' is a poem that truly represents the extent to which War can dehumanise people, even to the extent where the body of a fallen soldier is described in such horrific detail that the soldier almost ceases to appear as a human being.

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  7. the problem with the worlds wife is that having found one joke duffy retells it throughout the anthology

    The poem creates a persona of Shakespeare widow and the best bed becomes the focus of the fourteen-line sonnet. In the opening two lines, Duffy uses a metaphor to express the magic of the bed in which Shakespeare made love to Hathaway "it is a spinning world of forests, castles, torchlight, cliff tops seas". By using these metaphors, she embraces his talent and, when describing the notion that Shakespeare would 'dive for pearls' suggests he is somewhat a s****l athlete and far from inadequate. From line five to ten Duffy uses imagery in a fascinating way that relates directly to the fact Shakespeare was a writer.

    • Word count: 708
  8. Duffy depicts women as victims in the worlds wife

    The use of first person narrative gives the poem a monological structure similar to other poems by Duffy such as The Devils Wife. Duffy uses various linguistic and literally features to create an emotional account of Medusas' thoughts and feelings, through doing so she suggests that she has become a victim of her own feelings and insecurities. The personal accounts within the poem help the reader to empathise with Medusa, she describes events in her life as 'terrifying' this build up of sympathy is totalled with the use of rhetorical questions at the end of the poem 'Wasn't I beautiful', 'Wasn't I fragrant and young?.

    • Word count: 845
  9. Comparing Larkin and Abse

    All three poems suggest loneliness in our existence and treats it in a meditative way. In 'Mr. Bleaney' life is described as meager, disappointing and depleted and is brought to the reader by precise and exacting descriptions of the bare and cramped room Bleaney left behind, 'Flowered curtains, thin and frayed'. An alternate rhyme scheme is also used in 'Mr Bleaney' to highlight his monotonous routines. The word Bleaney is Bleak and Lonely put together which highlight the pessimistic ideas highlighted in the poem. All three poems use enjambment which allows the poems to flow like a story however they are sometimes stopped by full-stops to emphasise a shift in tone or emotion.

    • Word count: 1026
  10. Death of a Salesman-Linda Monologue

    Billy and Happy are blaming themselves and I do sometimes, I sometimes do. We haven't done anything wrong, but then again I feel I have and maybe Biff and Happy could have done more to stop you from becoming so stressed. (Linda starts to sob quietly and then she places her hands in her lap. Linda sits on the kitchen chair for a moment and seems to look angry and uneasy. She walks towards the front door, looks out of the small window in the door and then walks back to the chair, where she sits down and starts to reminisce about certain actions in the past.)

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  11. Remind yourself of Rhapsody on a Windy Night and discuss Eliot(TM)s presentation of the city street in the poem.

    He also uses imagery to show the reader the quality of the street, this helps the reader to understand how horrible this street really is and help them to feel the darker and more upsetting side of the street and then relate it to life towards the ending chapters. The basics of this poem is not only the journey home and the quality of life that the street in which he walks holds, but also about the idea that Laforgue had of images triggering of memories.

    • Word count: 938
  12. Metaphysical Poetry - Alienate, delight, puzzle readers

    Metaphysical poetry is often directed at intellectual readers. Some phrases in the poems would require prior knowledge to understand. This means that not all readers would be able to grasp the true meaning of the poem, or would overlook phrases. For example, in To His Coy Mistress Marvell uses several biblical references, such as 'I would love you ten years before the flood'. This refers to Noah's ark, and the flood depicted in the Bible. By using this image he is expressing that he would love her ten years before the beginning of time, and this is a subtle but strong compliment to his love.

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  13. Wild Oats & Afternoons: A Comparitive Essay

    This follows Larkin's ideas of women, and how they are only good for one thing. This can be seen in the quote "I want to screw decent girls without being made to feel a criminal about it". The poem consists of three, eight line stanzas and each stanza describes a distinct stage in the story. There is very little in the way of sound effects to hold the poem together, only the bare minimum of rhyme is used and there is no regular metre. Rhyme, when it appears is at the end of alternate lines and is subtle such as, "ago" and "rose" or, "snaps" and "perhaps."

    • Word count: 1422
  14. Romeo and Juliet

    This shows the contrast of the play. When Shakespeare wrote this play Elizabeth the first ruled England. In the 16th century theatre was very new to people and plays like Romeo and Juliet would be s a sort of entertainment for them. In those days it was very important for Shakespeare to make his play exciting because he needed to keep his audience busy and happy so he could earn money, also in those days people weren't so educated so Shakespeare had to keep them thrilled to make money. Shakespeare made his message understandable to the widest possible audience.

    • Word count: 1868
  15. Wilfred Owen - Dulce Et Decorum Est

    Secondly, the effective use of metaphors really illustrates the painful experiences encountered at war. "Vile incurable sores on innocent tongues," this metaphor is in comparison to the troop's memories. It conveys how the troops with never forget this experience and that the pain will forever be with them. Moreover, the metaphor "Drunk with fatigue" suggests that the men must be so tired that they are no longer sane or able to think for themselves. Further more, Owens extended metaphor of the sea.

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  16. Beginning with an examination of The Voice(TM), consider some of the ways in which Hardy gives poetic expression to his personal grief.

    the wind itself, ' you had changed from the one who was all to me' she is now illusive and cannot be seen, causing Hardy's grief to increase as it is shown in the poem that he will not be able to see her again. The way in which the poem is written shows an obvious regret, this was that Hardy took what he had with Emma whilst she was alive for granted and now she is no longer around her loss has reawakened his romance with her and he now sees her as he did when they first met, which he knows, is now too late.

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  17. How do the introductions to Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, Earth(TM)s Answer and The Shepherd work as an introduction to Blake(TM)s style and concerns?

    The Introduction to the Songs of Innocence relates directly to the period of romanticism. In it lies the key romantic elements: Imagination, emotion, idealism, the importance of childhood and nature. Nature is a key element that resonates throughout the poem and to the romantics was strong in its significance and this can be seen in Blake's reference to "the water" and "the valleys wild". The poem is about life; a lamb and ultimately the freshness of beginning. In terms of structure, the poem is like a song, with a regular, ballad form of ABAB rhyme scheme.

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  18. comparisons of Dickinson and Whitman

    She never had to fend for herself and was sent to private schooling. She was a very reclusive persona nd put herself into a self-imposed "social seclusion." She lived with heer parents for her whole life and took care of her mother. She wrote up to 1,800 poems in her lifetime but never published during her lifetime. She observed people and had many intimate relationships with people through her letters, whom she rarely, if ever, met. Walt Whitman on the other hand was born into a poor family who could not afford to send him to school.

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  19. Free essay

    Choose two poems in the Edexcel anthology and show how successfully the poets have expressed a response to the society in which they live in.

    'Mind-forg'd manacles I hear' The strong use of imagery illustrates how society metaphorically have chained people in following what they want and doing what they want, diminishing the purpose of the 'democratic' society in which we are supposed to be living in. The fact that people are chained down emphasises how there is little freedom and society have to follow what governments say to be accepted. Blake indicates that governments are responsible for the oppression in society. "soldiers sigh runs in blood down palace walls."

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  20. "Illustrate from Blake's songs the ways the poet shows that the people of his time were alienated from their natural selves and from society by political, economical and religious repression".

    and finds that it has been transformed. Where once children used to 'play on the green' there are now 'priests in black gowns', and 'gravestones' where there used to be 'flowers'. The speaker has become aware of Church law and its oppressive 'bans', Blake emphasises the influence of the religious morals by use of metrical technique. The power of 'Thou shalt not' paralyses the poem, with three successive stresses halting the regularly anapaestic rhythm. In the same way that 'Thou shalt not' stops the flow of the poem, the construction of the Chapel stops the innocent 'play' of children.

    • Word count: 1793
  21. Glasgow Sonnet No1

    The octave (first eight lines) focuses on the external environment, which is unpleasant and dangerous. It's filled with 'trash', 'old mattresses', and 'bric-a-brac' which 'spill out some ash', also, the building has 'no windows left to smash'. The 'black block' is 'condemned to stand' (a paradox) suggesting the building is unsuitable for habitation - it should perhaps be demolished, but instead must remain (a worse fate). This might further suggest that the building has been forgotten about to the extent that it's not worthy of the resources required to demolish it, and that its inhabitants have been abandoned and left to suffer along with the building.

    • Word count: 904
  22. The Effects of Divorce

    In both The Victims and Beyond Pastel there is a very serious tone coming from the narrator. After the divorce in The Victims, the children "grinned inside, the way people grinned when Nixon's helicopter lifted off the South Lawn for the last time." (Lines 5, 6 & 7) It can be seen that this quotation displays a serious tone as it refers to a very serious time in history. There is an analogy here between the "father" of the country and the "father" of the family. They both had to leave due to infidelity - one being unfaithful to millions, the other being unfaithful to a wife and kids.

    • Word count: 749
  23. Thomas hardy poem - neutral tones

    The unknown girl and Hardy are surrounded by dead landscape that acts as a metaphor for their emaciated relationship, 'the sun was white'. The white colour of the sun represents emptiness and lack of passion, the sun has been drained of its natural golden colour. Hardy uses pathetic fallacy in this metaphor to describe his relationship. Although they have both exchanged words and looks with each other, 'your eyes on me were as eyes that rove over tedious riddles of years ago; and some words played between us to and fro', they have both come to the acknowledgement that they cannot stay together, for whatever reason.

    • Word count: 990
  24. Compare and contrast Ulysses and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in their treatment of ageing and ambition

    Prufrock is afraid to speak to the women he sees because he thinks that he wont be able to say anything capable of making them become interested in him, and his overwhelming insecurity and fears wont let him overcome his shyness. Eliot clearly shows that Prufrock finds the women attractive, and it is indicated that they are young by "white" and "bare" and Eliot hints that Prufrock's insecurities could be down to past rejections and situations, because he has "known them already."

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  25. Shakespeare's presentation of women

    However, this disguise also leads to a highly complex theme of romantic love, as Olivia is in love with Viola when she appears as Cesario, whilst Viola has fallen in love with Orsino, yet cannot act upon this love as Orsino believes that she is a man. Although intelligent, it is questionable as to why Viola loves such a changeable, inconstant character. Viola almost exposes her real identity a number of times, such as when she is speaking with Orsino "My father had a daughter, loved a man / As it might be perhaps, were I a woman / I should be your lordship".

    • Word count: 1108

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