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AS and A Level: Comparative Essays

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  1. "poets rethink everything anew"show how two poems may have given you a new different sense of poetry and comment on how these effects were achieved

    However, when he enters into adulthood nothing is as good, he is not as successful as he hoped to be: "I say to my boss", he has a boss; "I say to my stale wife", his sexual life wasn't as he thought it would be by looking at his teenage years where he was confident and successful with girls. The persona has a frustrated adult life where he is disappointed in what he has turned to be, his life as an adult is not connected to his life as an adolescent.

    • Word count: 1611
  2. Comparison between "Pied Beauty" and "Song of Myself"

    Hopkins unites God's creations further past the confines of space by comparing the "skies" to "a brinded cow" in a simile, alluding to the equal beauty of the vast heavens and the minute details of earth. Similarly, Walt Whitman unites nature and humanity through the use of the transcendental "I" in "Song of Myself". The poetic voice celebrates universal harmony, focusing on both the minute and the cosmic. The expansive persona identifies within himself "the poet of the body" and "the poet of the soul", addressing the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of humanity.

    • Word count: 837
  3. the worlds wife

    Yet more importantly, conveys to the reader a woman who seems to long for the companionship of her husband but is just another wife deemed to endlessly disparage his obsessive behaviour. On the other hand, Mrs Rip Van Winkle is in deep contrast to the attitude that Mrs Sisyphus possesses. As we learn that Rip Van Winkle's sleep in Duffy's hand becomes his wife's liberation 'while he slept I found some hobbies for myself'. When one thinks of 'sleep', we associate it with inactivity.

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  4. Duffy- Feminist Propaganda?

    However instead of 3 kings to celebrate the birth of Jesus, 3 queens visit Herod to see their new baby daughter. They warn Queen Herod of a boy who will take her daughter away from her, thus Queen Herod orders the death of every male infant of the kingdom to, in her view, save her daughter from heartbreak. This poem has powerful overtones of homosexuality- predominantly lesbianism, although these references can be described as ambiguous, for example, she claims that 'everyone was fast asleep, save me...

    • Word count: 1033
  5. In what ways do Blake and Wordsworth present London ?

    His criticism of lack of freedom is evident through use of imagery such as "manacles" which bring about connotations of exploitation and slavery. Blake blames the official constitutions, such as the monarchy and the state, for the misery of the people. The "Church" is being described as "black'ning"; the use of dark adjective emphasises evil and corruption within the state. On the other hand, Wordsworth demonstrates London as a beautiful place "glittering in the smokeless air". The use of that description evokes a positive and admiring tone of the city, which is completely different form "London".

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  6. poetry coursework

    All of his emotions are portrayed through his poetry. This leads us to one of the major area of contrast between the two poems, the titles. Wordsworth uses the phrase 'Composed Upon' in his poem which is quite popular and recognizable. It makes the reader more comfortable with what he or she is about to read. 'Westminster Bridge' also adds more comfort to the reader as it is a very well known place where the reader can imagine the scene. Therefore the overall title ' Composed upon Westminster Bridge' is a clue about the way in which the poem will depict London.

    • Word count: 1702
  7. a) What kind of "sorrow" does the infant feel and why?

    This initial sorrow is loneliness and neglect, this is because of the mother and fathers reaction to its birth. The second feeling of sorrow is helplessness, the baby feels helpless in the world, this should not happen because the mother and father should help and look after it. "Helpless, naked, piping loud", using the word "Helpless" suggests that the new baby feels vulnerable, which is extremely experienced for a baby. Using the word "naked" shows embarrassment for the baby. It shows that the baby is feeling insecure and without warmth.

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    Kumbla Khan by Samuel Coleridge

    The poem's reference to a river is often given the connotations of a journey "a sunny pleasure-dome" is conveyed to be the desired destination of the river. This can be perceived to be the journey of love finally reaching its destination, settling down. Throughout the landscape, the twists and turns of the river, through the beauty and the ugly "through caverns measureless to man down to a sunless sea" the destination was reached. Another outlook may for the same reasons choose to follow the path of the poem existing to depict the view of death, suggesting the river is in fact a person travelling through the experiences of life, finally reaching death as a destination.

    • Word count: 1168
  9. Mrs Beast by Carol Anne Duffy

    This is Carol Anne Duffy's message in a lot of her anthology as she uses a lot of other poems to display power. One of these is Queen Kong, in which the role of power is turned around when a huge ape has total control of the situation and relationship "didn't he know I could swat his plane from these skies like a knat." This is symbolic of her power over him and her strength when it is typically the man who has the strength.

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  10. How do the poets of "half-caste" and "search for my tongue" feel about their multicultural backgrounds and how do they communicate it?

    Sujata Bhatt moved to the United States. This is where she learned her English. She married a person from Germany, where she later then moved to. She wrote this poem "search for my tongue" because she was afraid of loosing her mother tongue Gujarati. In "half-caste" John Agard demonstrates a lot of emotions. He is angry in his poem he says "ah rass" this is a term of discust. John Agard is being ironic when he says "I offer you half a hand" you would expect him to offer you a whole hand. How can you offer half a hand?

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  11. Nature is not just a matter of presenting landscapes, scenes and creatures; it is a source of inspiration and emotion.

    The narrator is describing the ripening of fruit, possible in an orchard. The beauty of natures changing form is something that is being contemplated by the narrator as they delve to find a deeper meaning in nature. It could be seen that the narrator concludes the cycles has different stages as does life. Within the first stanza the narrator appears to be admiring the ripening process of fruit and how it is preparing to grow fully until it is in perfect form, as suggested by; 'To Swell the Gourd, and plump the hazel shells'.

    • Word count: 1888
  12. Edgar Allen Poe

    Both of Poe's real Parents(Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins, and David Poe) died before he was three years old. When he was five years old, he traveled to England with his foster parents. After arguing with his foster father about his debts from gambling, he enlisted in the US army and served two years. When he was twenty seven, he married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, who was thirteen years old. In 1847, Virginia died of tuberculosis, and Poe began to start to drink. Poe died on October seventh, 1849.

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  13. The inferno of Dante

    The bees and wasps, however, seem a little extreme as they represent nothing to the sinner other than a painful experience. Nonbelievers have not caused any harm to anyone and are guilty of nothing other than not believing. Having lived their lives ethically should in itself spare these sinners from an eternity of painful torment. Limbo holds the souls of people who lived before the Christian faith to be left to live in longing for what they never had the opportunity to know (Canto IV, V.

    • Word count: 836
  14. In what way could 'The Explosion be considered the key to the entire collection'

    In this poem Larkin continually stresses that the old wish if they 'only chose, They would alter things back to when they danced all night'. Onomatopoeic language in the poem showing the men "Shouldering off the freshened silence." Add effect to the poem to reflect the rough humanity of the scene. In stanza 3 Larkin leads us a little closer to the men. One is shown as innocent, playful as he chases after rabbits. But on his return from the chase another side of his nature is seen.

    • Word count: 862
  15. Carol Ann Duffy Litany and Stafford Afternoon

    This suggests to us that these meetings have been held before and is done over and over again. The poem shows the power of language how words can silence a room and draw everyone's attention to a single person, like in the 6th stanza where the child tells her mother and the other wives that "a boy in the playground" told her to "fuck off" this immediately shocks everyone and then her "mothers muted shame". She was made to apologise to the other women, however I think the young girl did not say this to shame her mother but wanted

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  16. Compare the ways in which Larkin and Plath present their views on human relationships in the "Whitsun Weddings" and "Ariel"

    "The Applicant" personifies Plath's image of marriage as an archaic and fake ceremony that allows people to put on the false pretence of happiness; in some ways this is reminiscent of her own life. The connotations of death and life are heavily linked with the idea of marriage in the fourth and fifth stanza; Plath identifies the wedding suit similarly to that of the suit a man would be buried in: "Black and stiff, but not a bad fit..." (line 21)

    • Word count: 967
  17. Death is a leveller. Discuss the statement in reference to Ozymandias and Death the Leveller.

    Shelley then describes the face of the statue more, " whose frown and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command" implies that throughout this rein over Egypt, he was a forceful and merciless ruler and wanted to be known for that and sculptor himself, also makes show it is understood. "Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things" explains to the reader that even though part of the statue has survived the abuse from nature, it still means nothing as it stands in a desolate landscape undiscovered by many.

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  18. The Early Purges Vs Daffodils

    He describes himself seeing a host of golden daffodils beneath a lake and trees. The beautiful daffodils were all around the place, dancing full of life and tossing their heads while the wind was blowing. He felt very happy and pleased seeing all those daffodils. Seeing them "fluttering" and"dancing" and made him feel alive and he enjoys their "jocund company". It seems the daffodils are precious to Wordsworth by using very positive words describing the daffodils, for instance "golden daffodils" or "continuous as the stars that shine, and twinkle on the Milky Way". He describes them as the stars in the sky and also gold.

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  19. Poetry Analysis: Death Approaching

    Having said this, this also affects the reader's emotion, making them turn serious and sad. Line 5 "Remember me when no more day by day." Affects the reader's emotion even more, saddening the reader. The next line "You tell me of our future that you planned", it paints a picture in your head of her loved one that was once so hopeful and now hangs his head down in misery. The write also uses a direct mode of address "you planned" "you understand"; this creates a sense of closeness, as if she was talking to the reader, making the reader feel a part of this poem.

    • Word count: 1448
  20. Comparative Poetry Essay - "The Thought Fox" and "Digging"

    In a dark forest, whilst you may not be able to see any sign of life, it is likely that if you wait long enough, something will stir, just as Hughes, when he says "something else is alive", seems to know that whilst he cannot see any ideas, they will come to him eventually, from the forest that is his subconscious. This idea that inspiration comes from somewhere beyond the conscious control of the poet echoes that of the Ancient Greeks who prayed to the muses - goddesses who bestowed inspiration upon those who excelled in the arts and sciences.

    • Word count: 1810
  21. How are sadness and loss recurrent in poetry down years?Comparing 4 poems

    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 awake, and this mysterious creature had gone, showing loss. From this, the Knight was distraught- a severe state of sadness.

    • Word count: 1244
  22. Poetry Comparison - Charlottle Mew

    The poet believes the workingmen are murderers as they have "carted the whole of the whispering loveliness away". I think she also blames the men for her emotional pain of hiding her lesbian identity as she lived in a male dominated society and she was not free to express or share her sexuality with the rest of the world. However she does not mention her lesbianism in this poem but encodes the mental pain of hiding her sexuality in dramatic monologues on themes of destruction and loss.

    • Word count: 862
  23. The poem "Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin A. Robinson paints an interesting picture of a man so completely obsessed with celebrated historical accounts that he despises the present day

    Miniver is a sad and disgruntled character, and the author prepares the reader to find out why in the third and fourth lines. The second stanza describes one of "his reasons" to the reader. Robinson talks about what Miniver likes, which happens to be history. He doesn't like the age that he lives in. Miniver longs for heroic battles, and times past when men used swords not guns and horses, not motorized vehicles. Though the story begins with total negativity, by the end of the second stanza visions of warriors give him reason to dance and joy fills his heart.

    • Word count: 805
  24. Comparing the way love is represented in Andrew Marvell's 'To his coy mistress' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine'

    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 admiration of her body, basically praising her looks. "My vegetable love should grow. Vaster than empires and more slow.", these lines show that time will affect his lust for her and the rate at which his love grows.

    • Word count: 1602
  25. What is the importance of the land in twentieth century Irish poetry?

    Heaney sees the land as a symbolic, metaphoric reference to Ireland. Where as his father and grandfather just saw it as a place of work. Heaney shows remorse that he will never own the farm that has been in his family for generations, "But I've no spade to follow men like them" this suggests that he thinks he may never be good as his father. There is also a direct link between agriculture and history because in farming you dig into the ground by ploughing and sowing seeds, which involves peeling back the layers of history in the soil "Bends down low comes up twenty years away".

    • Word count: 764

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