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  1. Compare the ways in which contrast is used in Someone and Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes

    It sets the mood for the poem as when the reader sees the word 'death' they realise that the poem is going to be unhappy. O'driscoll conveys the Irish culture into his poem too. The phrase '...shaving his face to marble for the icy laying out' shows this, and this is because when a person dies, their body is laid out in their house for a few days. This is a religious tradition that Catholics do. Both the words, 'icy' and 'marble' link in with each other; they both have connotations to words such as 'cold, hard and solid'.

    • Word count: 2062
  2. Comparison between Dulce et Decorum Est & The Last Night

    "Bent double, like old beggars" and "knock-kneed" delineate a pigeon-toed figure suffering from pure fatigue --an inadequacy to be what is defined as a soldier. In the simile, "Coughing like hags, we cursed", we can hear the witch hoarseness of the cough - the enigma here is the build-up this state if they have been simply marching through battles, like Jessie Pope presumed. A sense of utter sensory deprivation is conveyed through, "Men marched asleep... limped on, lame, all tired, drunk with fatigue, deaf even to the hoots."

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  3. Compare "Sonnet" and "No second Troy"

    Millay uses personification to display her emotions as the "weeping of the rain" which refers to her tears and also rhymes with "pain" in the previous line. She also uses personification in "I miss him at the shrinking of the tide" To say that she misses him when the tide is out which represents peace and quiet in this situation, "tide" rhymes with "lied" in the opening line of the poem. Edna St Vincent Millay compares there relationship with old snow.

    • Word count: 2305
  4. poems - compare and contrast

    In Salome the narrator implies that one night stands are common place, 'woke up with a head on the pillow beside me, whose?' Both poems move towards wishing their partners dead. The story in My Last Duchess talks on the Duke of Ferrara. This was Alfonso II d'Este, November 22, 1533 - October 27, 1597. He was Duke of Ferrara from 1559 to his death in 1597. He married three times: * His first wife, Lucrezia di Cosimo de' Medici, was married to him in 1558.

    • Word count: 2616
  5. Comparison of love poems

    Rossetti does not give much insight into the details of her love, but it seems that she has no worries of this- she seems more in control of her love. This is evident through rossetta's use of royal imagery, from mentioning the rich vair, which was used as a medieval fur cloak lining to the sovereign "peacocks with a hundred eyes". Clare gives the impression that he is physically under her control; this conclusion can be drawn from the way "my legs refused to walk away" which shows his great helplessness to this situation-in contrast to the in-control Rossetti style love.

    • Word count: 2036
  6. Compare and Contrast the way the poets(TM) present the relationship between men and women in The Beggar Woman(TM) and To His Coy Mistress(TM)

    'To His Coy Mistress' is split up into three sections, through the stanzas. In the first section the gentleman appears to be very flattering in hope that he will seduce the woman so she will have sex with him. However the tone of his language promptly changes from flattery to warning yet referring to Carpe Diem a lot throughout the stanza. The quotation 'them worms shall try, That long preserv'd virginity,' This shows the reader how his tone and language has changed as he is saying that only the worms will be able to admire her virginity when she has died.

    • Word count: 2554
  7. cousin kate

    The Seduction is written by Eileen McAuley and is based in the 1980's in Blackpool. The poem is about a teenage girl who goes out clubbing for what seems to be her first time. Half way through the night a boy about the same age persuades the girl to join him at an unromantic place near a river and gets her heavily drunk. He then seduces her into having sexual intercourse. Then after 3 months she discover she is pregnant due to that one nightstand. The main elements of 'Cousin Kate' are love and relationships, marriage, motherhood abuse of power and wealth, betrayal and the roles of the female characters.

    • Word count: 2345
  8. My Last Duchess and La Belle Dame Sans Merci Comparison

    During the Renaissance (a period which Browning based his characters society as) was a time that was largely seen as patriarchal, and so the duke would typically want to conform to this norm. Furthermore, it may be this possessiveness that leads to his jealousy when she is seen as accepting a 'bough of cherries' from someone who he regarded as an 'officious fool'. He also felt that she had a heart which was 'too soon made glad' and that it wasn't only her 'husband's presence' that she appeared to crave.

    • Word count: 2849
  9. Macbeth

    The witches are a powerful influence on Macbeth because they are, in part, responsible for his decision to kill Duncan. Through their predictions they have filled Macbeth with the desire for the throne of Scotland. But, in the final analysis, the witches do very little to influence Macbeth to commit the murder of the king, Banquo, and the others. Macbeth's own inner evil and desire for ambition, coupled with his manipulative and vicious wife. Blood appears everywhere throughout the work and symbolizes many different things.

    • Word count: 2789
  10. comapring and contrasting pre 1940's poems

    He considers himself to have been very generous by making her his Duchess, and he thinks that his wife should have ranked this generosity than that of others. He gives examples of other gifts which she thought of as equal in worth, such as: 'The white mule She rode with round the terrace' 'The dropping of daylight in the west.' The Duke does not think that such things, which are trivial to him, should bring her the same amount of joy as the presents he bestows on her.

    • Word count: 2731
  11. Comparing poems

    He says that if he had time, he would use up time it admiring each part of her body, because she deserves to be admired. He afterwards refers to intimidating the woman in order to accomplish his pleasures. He threatens her by declaring that if she dies her beauty, it will be worn out and if she doesn't give up her virginity to him, the worms will be there to enjoy it when she is dead. This implies that the woman has not yet agreed to give him what he wants.

    • Word count: 2381
  12. Owen & Thomas

    So he signs himself up. He is sent home from the war having lost his arms and his legs. He lives the rest of his life in a "Wheeled Chair". These two poets come from very different backgrounds and in this report i will compare and contrast those backgrounds. Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born on the 18th March 1893. He was an English poet and soldier. His poems described the shocking and realistic horrors of the trench and gas warfare.

    • Word count: 2055
  13. Essay to compare and contrast He Loved Light, Freedom and Animals and Pneuomconiosis

    Duncan Bush wrote in the form of an old retired coalminer who is slowly dying from the disease. The elderly man is now feeling the effects of the disease more than ever. He shows his feelings towards the disease and reflects to his past. The poor man worked down in the mines for thirty years without realising the fatality of his coughing and breathing difficulties but now he begins to see the truth, he's now walking at a much slower pace and can not talk as fast and fluent.

    • Word count: 2104
  14. Different apspects of love presented in the poems you have studied in To His Coy Mistress and A Woman to Her Lover

    The antithesis is about this, so the man is saying that they should not waste any more time and fulfil his desire to be with her very soon. The last part of the poem is the Synthesis: 'Now therefore, while the youthful hew sits on thy skin, like morning dew, and while thy willing Soul transpires, at every pore with instant Fires"' this means that while she still looks young and he is young. The moistness of the morning dew and the warmth of the fire suggest something about a women being ready to have sex.

    • Word count: 2624
  15. Discuss the Reasons Browning(TM)s Characters Have for Murdering Their Victims

    Lucrezia died three years later in suspicious circumstances - she was thought to have been poisoned. The Duke was then set to marry Barbara who's father the Count was arranging her marriage. The Count's chief courier Nikolaus Mardruz was suspected to be the silent listener. A dramatic monologue is a type of poem developed during the Victorian period in which a character delivers a speech explaining his or her feelings, actions or motives. The monologue is usually directed toward a silent audience. In My Last Duchess the listener is the emissary, the speaker's words are influenced by a critical situation for example the cottager in Porphyria's Lover, when he saw in Porphyria's eyes that she 'worshipped' him.

    • Word count: 2584
  16. Creative Writing (Story beginnings)

    The drinks were flowing and the atmosphere was electric - just how Lizzie liked it - and as she cast her chocolate-brown eyes around the dance floor a wave of euphoria swept over her. She felt as though she was perched on top of the world. Already tonight, she had received fifteen requests to buy her a drink - a record even by her standards - and had accepted only one. This was one more than usual though. She may have seemed like the happy-go-lucky type but appearances can be deceptive and she was quite the opposite.

    • Word count: 2681
  17. What is a culture? How does it affect the behaviour of an individual?

    Ingvar Kamprad, the company's founder, believe that their organisational culture binds them together and is strongly rooted in Swedish culture. But is it really reflecting the national culture. Is the national culture only factor that affects the organisational culture? This paper tries to answer these questions by looking at: - the concept of national culture and how it affects the organisational culture, in section 2. - In section 3, national culture of Sweden is described using some theories and research done by Hofstede, Hall and Trompenaars (2000).

    • Word count: 2559
  18. Use the concept of transculturation to explore 'Our Sister Killyjoy' and 'Nervous Conditions.'

    as she makes the transition from rural homestead to the mission school, despairing over her position as a woman in pre-Revolutionary Zimbabwe. The title 'Nervous Conditions' comes from Jean Paul Satre's introduction to Franz Fanon's book about the psychosocial effects of colonization 'The Wretched of the Earth' where he says that 'the condition of the native is a nervous condition.2' Dangarembga clearly means to foreground gender as the category which determines African women's lives and keeps them "natives" in relation to the dominant and controlling power structure.

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  19. "Welsh Landscape" "Small Window" and "Reservoirs" exhibit R.S Thomas views on Wales and Welshness compare and Contrast the poems with regards to content and structure.

    what the English had done too such small villages of Penrhyn-Llyn and the only way the Welsh could express their feelings was to burn down all the holiday homes. At the beginning of this poem we were unaware of what the poem is about and what Thomas is trying to say, But after knowing the background of the poem Thomas' views become clear that he his talking about the arson attacks that had gone on in the villages. The poem opens with a delightful sentence which brings imagery too your mind as you read the first stanza.

    • Word count: 2144
  20. What views of Indian Culture are portrayed in 'A stench of Kerosene'?

    Doing this would relieve her from her homesickness. Pritam show sympathy for Guleri's homesickness, as she is cut-off from her family and there's no one apart from Manak to relieve her and comfort her. Because of the village culture her freedom has been taken away from her. Due to her homesickness one would assume that she would be allowed to stay at her home a reasonable period of time, but this isn't the case as she is only allowed to stay for a 'few days'. To add further emphasis Guleri wasn't allowed to go to her parent's home by herself.

    • Word count: 2255
  21. Organizational changes

    (2) Lewin's Three Step Model (3) is broken down into three stages, unfreezing, changing, and refreezing.(4) In non-technical language, it amounts to the thawing of a process with the injection of new thoughts and ideas that will better the existing. The follower's would need to be inspired and convinced that all efforts that are to be put forth are worth the outcome. After the thawing the efforts put forth occur in the changing stage. The changing stage was further broken down after the initial introduction of the three stages; commonly referred to as the eight-stage model when the additional steps are included.

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  22. Compare and Contrast the poems

    black women", This suggests that she is not just writing about black women and that she is a black woman herself as she changes her language from "I" to "we". The poem "Still I rise" by Maya Angelou is mainly about one black woman. In the poem it is saying about a black woman being treated unfairly because of her race, and the past of her race, which may not always be rightfully true or changed in some way. Maya Angelou opens her poems with "You may write me down in history".

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  23. Culture; what is it and where does it come from?

    Some are personally experienced and others have been seen from more of a third person's view. There is a hint of culture in every one of the poems that you read and hopefully when reading this you will be able to relate to your experiences and will sense a hint of my own culture giving way through what is written, the way it is said and how feelings are expressed. Culture has an affect on your life and so do your surroundings, as you will learn. It's a fact that culture can be lost/faded/forgotten it is something you see everyday.

    • Word count: 2716
  24. The History and Context of Club Culture.

    Club culture has become a notable area of study for two main reasons. Firstly because of the ever increasing scale of its appeal in modern society, and secondly because of the largely negative social reaction it has received from the media, police and the government. This led to a major moral panic surrounding rave culture, with key debates centring on the culture's relationship with the illegal drug ecstasy. The fear was that this culture would encompass all youth; it therefore constituted a threat to both the social and moral order of society. Acid house music was marketed as 'one of the most controversial sounds of 1988' set to outrage 'those who decry the glamorization of drug culture'.

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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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