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AS and A Level: Other Poets

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  1. Explore how Swinburne makes vivid his feelings of loss in the poem From The Triumph of Time.

    We can see how the poet has thoughtfully arranged his ideas in this structure to honour her soul mate. Even though he is trying to arrange his ideas, we sense that he has a lack of clarity since he has failed to structure it perfectly, effectively portraying his feeling of desesperation and grief since he is not able to think clearly.

    • Word count: 510
  2. Discuss ways in which Dickinson explores the sense of the abstract in Going to Him! Happy letter!

    This indicates that the poem is about a mysterious figure that she may or may not have feeling for. This creates obscurity around the abstract subject of the letter. The use of capitalizing ?Him? emphasizes the importance of this person, but still keeps the mystery alive, building up expectations. We know that the poem is about a letter; by including an exclamation mark after the word ?letter!? makes it seem joyful, due to the context that it is in. However, the use of the exclamation marks also gives the feeling that the letter is being instructed to be happy; Emily Dickinson needs the letter to be cheerful when it is received in order for her true feeling to be realized.

    • Word count: 1023
  3. What methods does Browning use to tell the story in 'Porphyria's Lover'?

    Robert Browning begins his poem by using pathetic fallacy to set the scene, he begins by using personification of a stormy night, he creates imagery which reflects the speaker's own disturbing thoughts, "The rain set early in tonight, /The sullen wind was soon awake,/ It tore the elm-tops down for spite, / And did its worst to vex the lake:". With these words Browning shows us that the lover is waiting anxiously for Porphyria inside the cottage. He creates an image of a stormy night adding a creepy and mysterious element to the poem, this creates a tense atmosphere for the reader as they are quite uneasy to begin with.

    • Word count: 2029
  4. How is the story told in part 3 of the Ancient Mariner

    These are very good language devices as the adjectives are used to describe the Mariners monotonous and tedious existence. The repetition of ?A weary time!? is used to emphasis the continuously dreary routine. Each time weary is mentioned it is with more desperation as the Mariners situation slowly worsens. The use of exclamation marks further helps to emphasise the anxiety that is felt by the Mariner and the crew. There is also a change in form in the first stanza, which Coleridge uses to indicate a change in plot and to emphasise any climatic moments.

    • Word count: 536
  5. How do the authors convey their attitude about ageing in Childhood and My Parents?

    One of the central ideas in the poem is the similarities and differences between the young and old, and how helpless we all are to stop the passing of time. The writer tries to let the readers get the perception of the mutual incompetence of a small child and a senile great-aunt. We can get that on the line it says "I knew she was helplessly old, as I was helplessly young". The second poem touches on a social division between the comfortable middle class narrator and local working class children.

    • Word count: 1490
  6. Notes on "Elegy For My Father's Father".

    centre of emotions and essential organ for life ?The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand? ?had never spoken? ? silenced/unemotional The heart has not functioned it part ? he underestimated his feelings but realised too late Masculine character ? strong figure linked to the ?tall tower? ?In eighty years of days O for the tall tower broken? ?eighty years of days? ? used instead of eight years of life Each day was unique and a challenge for Baxter?s grandfather Draws out the time ? shows adds to the distance shown in the title ?O for the tall tower broken? ? ?tall tower? metaphor for life.

    • Word count: 854
  7. "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" - Critical Analysis

    The nervous tone that the poem adopts in this stanza is created both by the breakdown of the previously iambic rythmn and the language of cold shivers that the poet uses; both of which emphasise the 'quivering' nervousness of the unprepared. Dickinson's physical lack of preparation for the afterlife in the poem, her donning of 'gossamer' and 'tulle' for a journey into the night, reflects her lack of spiritual certainty in the real world; something reflected in several of her poems.

    • Word count: 848
  8. Convergence of the Twain Analysis

    This s****l, ominous meeting of ship and ice creates a very pessimistic and portentous understanding of what happened. Furthermore, through the use of depicting the iceberg and Titanic as lovers, it leads to the reader understanding the iceberg as the dominant, powerful male lover. This presents another theme of nature being able to overpower man?s ?vaingloriousness?. At the ?consummation? of the two, the iceberg is left unharmed, where as the ship is sunk under the ?solitude of the sea?. Hardy?s poetry has always had nature?s beauty and power as a theme, therefore it is no surprise that he believes that

    • Word count: 1221
  9. In his poetry Hardy shows more sympathy for the natural world than he does for people. How far do you agree with this view?

    When looking at Hardy?s poem ?The Puzzled Game-Birds? I can make the judgement that I do agree fully with the view that Hardy does show more sympathy through his poems, especially this one, for the natural world than he does for people. Through this poem Hardy uses nature to portray his thoughts on cruelty since he shows how the birds are puzzled and confused ?They are not those who used to feed us? and the repetition of this line shows the birds denial of not wanting to believe that the people could perform such evil actions.

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  10. How does The Convergence of the Twain reinforce the concept of Hardy as a commentator on Edwardian and Georgian times and society?

    The first stanza introduces the contrast between the journey the ship was planned to take (one of pride, beauty and opulence) to its present position as wreckage under the sea. ?Of mirrors meant to glass the opulent? implies that the passengers on board this ship were extremely superficial, and lived luxurious lavish lives. This is further established by ?Jewels in joy designed to ravish the sensuous mind?. ?What does this vaingloriousness down here?? the personification of the fish, emphasise the extreme overly opulent manner of this ship.

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  11. A poem in which the poet creates a picture of a corrupt figure is Porphyrias Lover by Robert Browning.

    Browning deliberately compares the speaker?s emotional condition to the weather as these are all negative emotions. The words sullen, spite and vex are the first early clues that the reader sees about the speaker?s true nature; being that of violence and aggression. The fact that the narrator is so distraught at the idea of not seeing Porphyria is the first slight indication towards his obsession with her. Also, the fact that the speaker is waiting for Porphyria immediately suggests that she in is control of their relationship; something that would have been extremely unusual and possibly slightly shocking to the Victorian audiences that the poem was written for.

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  12. If I Could Tell You W. H. Auden Overall Themes/Ideas The poem discusses a number of ideas surrounding time

    Time is over-arching and always there, it is the essence of life and surrounds you. Time can also be seen as useless, we cannot see into the future so we might as well take risks and go for things because we never know what may happen. The reference to ?pay? suggests death is a debt that must be paid to time, even love cannot avoid this fate ? Time is inevitable. Time is indifferent to the quarrels and fears of man, it simply progresses onwards. The impersonal nature of time is presented throughout the poem.

    • Word count: 1305
  13. How does Coleridge begin part one of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

    Coleridge also tells part one in a ballad form by using an ABAB rhyming scheme, which is used to create pace throughout the poem, so we too can move swiftly through the mariners ?paced? journey as ?the ship drove fast? and as he is ?chased? in part 1. As the ballad form was a literary technique typically used in medieval poetry by the romantics to represent the idealised past, Coleridge too uses the ballad form significantly, as we too are reminded of the mariner?s past ?the ship was cheered?.

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  14. Critical Commentary on London and Jerusalem by William Blake

    A Marxist reading of this shows the relationship between the Church or King and the land over which they rule, portraying the capital power as the bourgeoisie and their land and people on it as the proletariat. Blake continues to communicate to the reader the effect of this oppression in the line, ?Marks of weakness, marks of woe.? This depicts the sadness and helplessness of the people of London. The poem is dark and gothic which is evident in Blake?s use of the words, ?manacles?, ?blights? and ?plagues?.

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  15. At Mornington and Father and Child are poems which both demonstrate Harwoods distinctive voice

    The idea of memories in turn leads the poems into a psychoanalytical reading, in conjunction with a post-modern interpretation. The poem starts with the persona stating: ?They told me that when I was taken to the sea?s edge?, implying that her memories are dependant on what ?they?, her authoritative figures have told her, implying how they are dictated by that of authority. However memories can sometimes be unreliable as there are points of doubt where the persona ?seem to remember my father fully clothed?. A post-modern view also shows authority losing power and individuals challenging them, as when the persona ?leapt from my father?s arms? after being ?taken to the sea?s edge.? The scene is a metaphor for an individual escaping from the passive grasps of authority, represented in the father, and acting upon their own interests.

    • Word count: 1543
  16. The Poem A Bird Came down the Walk by Emily Dickenson describes the simple experience of her watching a bird walk down the path

    This being said the order they are in works well, provides a strong introduction and produces an enhanced understanding of the poem for readers. Stanza?s four and five describe the speaker offering the bird a crumb of food, the startled response of the bird and the departure of the bird as it takes flight gracefully. These are not interchangeable stanzas as these two events rely on cause and effect as she attempt to provide food and gets a startled response.

    • Word count: 581
  17. T.S Eliots The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Prufrock) and Journey of the Magi (Magi) presents the reader with ideas of loneliness and isolation within society

    Through his poems the audience is able to conceptualise the sense of dislocation that is built through Eliot?s experiences. T.S Eliot?s experiences of isolation and loneliness are expressed through his poetry. The first stanza of ?Prufrock? reveals the apocalyptic state of the world around him. ?Tedious arguments? and ?half deserted streets? convey the dull nature of humanity in which lack of participation and interest has amounted in Eliot?s segregation. Similar concepts are built in ?Magi? as the audience is able to observe the accumulating negativity that the protagonist has towards society.

    • Word count: 686
  18. Conjoined by Judith Minty is a poem about a broken relationship.

    Minty uses a simile to describe marriage by writing ?An accident, like the two-headed calf rooted in one body, fighting to suck at its mother's teats?. She uses the calf with two heads as a symbol of the two people involved in a marriage. Both have two separate minds to think for themselves but are combined in a relationship. When she says ?fighting to suck at its mother's teats? she talk about how two people in a marriage fight to get their way and their opinion in against each other.

    • Word count: 586
  19. Analysis of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How do I love thee?"

    The use of tripling could also suggest some sort of reference to the holy trinity taking the love to not only a physical but also a spiritual level, as she refers to the soul which is the body and spirit infused. ?when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace,? shows that the persona loves to the essence of her being to the end of existence. This refers to the natural order and explaining how her love reaches all the way to the top of the chain, to God.

    • Word count: 1248

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