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    Compare how the past reveals feelings about a place in Nothings Changed with the ways another poet reveals feelings about a place or places in one other poem.

    5 star(s)

    This shows that as he is walking along, his anger is building up. This anger is a physical bodily reaction, which he feels, and his whole body id rejecting the place. His anger spreads from his hands to his skin, to his lungs, to the hot white inward turning anger of his eyes. This can be noticed because the sentences are turning longer and longer as his anger builds up. In contrast with Nothing's Changed, Nichols in Island Man also talks about her feelings about a place where she had grown up as a child.

    • Word count: 1729
  2. Marked by a teacher

    The poems Strange fruit written by Abel Meeropol (Lewis Allen) 1937 and Still I rise written by Maya Angelou both convey the racism which fell upon the lives of many black individuals.

    4 star(s)

    'Still I rise' also uses a 2nd person pronoun, which gives the piece a direct appeal to the reader, creating assumptions that the white man is reading it. This grabs the reader and plays with the reader's guilt. The use of metaphors and similes in each poem helps the reader engage their mind to imagine the scene of the poems. In the opening lines of 'strange fruit' there is use of metaphors, for example 'southern trees bear a strange fruit' strange is the first line of this poem.

    • Word count: 1292
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    Compare Two Robert Frost Poems, The Road Not Taken & Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

    4 star(s)

    He spends a while judging which path he should possibly take and there is the feeling that, whichever road he takes, it is for good and he can't turn back and choose the other one. He thinks properly about this and tries to see ahead as he says he "Looked down one as far I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth". This implies that the traveller is trying to catch a glimpse of what lies ahead before actually undertaking the route, he may be apprehensive as to what is around the corner.

    • Word count: 1785
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    The theme of father and son relationships in Digging and Follower

    3 star(s)

    In Digging, Heaney says how his father and his grandfather were both expert farmers, but he could never follow in their footsteps, 'But I've no spade to follow men like them.' This shows how Heaney respects them both, he uses the word 'them' to point out the different generations. Heaney shows some guilt for not becoming a respectable farmer like them when he says, 'Through living roots awaken in my head.' He is showing his guilt because both the men above him were experts at their farming jobs and he can never be like them, but he can be an expert at being a poet.

    • Word count: 1009
  5. Peer reviewed

    Compare the methods used to make a protest through poetry in two scavengers and one other poem.

    4 star(s)

    The use of the word 'democracy' is sarcastic, there shouldn't be a 'gulf' in a 'democracy', especially in a place like 'San Francisco' that should keep everyone equal. Similarly there is an invisible divide in apartheid Africa, shown in 'Nothing's Changed', where although 'No sign says it is' they still 'know where they belong.' Apartheid is over when the poem had been written, however, like in 'Two Scavengers' there is still inequality between the two classes of people. The white people still believe that the black people don't belong there.

    • Word count: 1277
  6. Peer reviewed

    Compare Sujata Bhatt's Search for my tongue poem, with Grace Nichols' Hurricane Hits England, and decide whether or not having one or more culture can be a positive experience.

    4 star(s)

    a hurricane to bring her closer' this is both a positive and a negative thing due to the fact that it shows us that she has had a negative experience but the outcome has been positive in her perspective and opinion. I have also thought this because this is just the start of the poem and in both poems, the topics change quite frequently, which gives us an insight into believing that anything could happen. Furthermore, it shows us that also, with the strong range of writing techniques, it is used in a way to show us that the topic is uncomfortable for her to discuss/write about, using paradox, metaphors, similes and more.

    • Word count: 1471
  7. Peer reviewed

    Dulcet decorum est

    3 star(s)

    Both themes have a larger picture in Dulce et decorum est the larger picture is about how the soldiers are in both poems are marching and going to somewhere unknown to the reader. This leaves us curious but the emotions amplified in the poems by Owen makes it had to see the many meaning. Both tones of the poems are sad as Owen is writing about experiences which are saddening as death and leaving are both hard experiences to forget.

    • Word count: 1002
  8. Peer reviewed

    The Outlook of Death in three poems (Poetry Anthology comparison)

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    This denotes the eagerness with which we, as a community, sort people into categories that do not holistically represent them inside and out. The sibilant images "stocking" and "shoe" are used in conjunction to create the effect of alliteration. They are metonymical with children - vulnerable and na�ve. However, this same theory is applied to her, a wise, experienced, woman. "As I move at your bidding" and "When you say in a loud voice, 'I do wish you'd try'" reveal the patronizing authority the geriatric nurse exerts over her, as if she is a child.

    • Word count: 1808

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?
  • Compare and contrast To His Coy Mistress(TM) and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love(TM)

    "In conclusion I think that the most persuasive poem is 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' because he makes the woman feel special and he doesn't mention her losing her virginity or the idea that time is running out. Instead he implies that time is no object when you are in love with someone as beautiful as her. These poems have had a very defiant effect on me, this being that I started to look into the attitudes to love now and I thought about how and why they have changed over time. Also it immediately made me put myself in the receiving end of the poem and thought about how I would react to them individually. Words - 1441"

  • Compare the ways in which Wordsworth presents London in Upon Westminster Bridge with Blakes view of London in his poem London.

    "In my opinion both of the poetess have right to give their own opinion, like every human being. William Blake showed the bad side of London and Wordsworth the good side, both of them has right to show the differences every person got different views for certain things. Blake was showing the negative things to show what makes him angry as Wordsworth has made his poem calm and enjoyable for everyone. Angelika Zadranowicz"

  • Compare two poems, "From Stone to Steel" by E.J. Pratt and "Overture" by F.R. Scott.

    "In conclusion, obviously, poets use different devices to decorate their poem. Both poems are really different from each other. One is dark and the other is light. They contrast a lot on this point. The poets use different devices to specify on certain important aspect of the poem. Page 1 of 4"

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