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  1. Two Scavengers and Nothings Changed both use language and layout to convey the writers ideas about class differences.

    These short, sharp, monosyllabic words reflect the feel of the stones (perhaps the remnants of the bull-dozed District 6). Later in the poem when his anger has mounted: Hands burn / for a stone/ a bomb. Again, monosyllabic words are used to create short, hard phrases that reflect his anger. In contrast, the tone in 'Two Scavengers' is rather detached; whereas Afrika is writing from personal experience in the first person; Ferlignhetti writes in the third person as he's watching the classes from a distance. Therefore, he adopts a detached tone. Language and layout function to show a division between the classes or people presented.

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  2. Both Nothing's Changed and Two Scavengers deal with social injustices, however, there are some big differences between them.

    They wonder if they'd ever be seen as equals as they wonder if the democracy of America really works. The social injustice in the poem is the way the different classes are each treated differently. The first stanza of "Nothing's Changed" is setting the scene as the writer walks towards his old home. We can tell that the area is now a wasteland by what the writer treads over (like the cans and weeds) on his walk back home. We can tell he's angry from how his old home has turned out from when he says, "The hot, white, inwards turning anger of my eyes", as he knows he has returned home.

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  3. Night of the scorpion comparison

    This makes you see the scorpion as innocent and scared rather than dangerous. His sympathy for the scorpion is suddenly contrasted in the moment the scorpion stings his mother his tail is described as "diabolic" showing us the dangerous nature of the scorpion Similarly the title vulture also leads the reader to assume what the poem is about.

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  4. Compare the methods Imtiaz Dharker and Nissim Ezekiel use to present a dramatic event in both poems

    The poem is set into two stanzas; the first contains 45 lines and the second only 3. I imagine Ezekiel did this to create the image of pandemonium and panic, everybody trying all these incantations to heal this woman. The poem contains quite a lot of chanting, the use of repetition is used throughout: 'may he' (referring to the scorpion), 'may you' (referring to the mother), this creates a very clear image of a cult chanting these words to try and ease the sting. The first sentence is in first person and is full of activity: 'I remember the night my mother was stung by a scorpion' this makes you initially feel as though the scorpion is

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  5. Comparison of 'Charge of the light brigade' and 'Dulce et decorum est'

    However Dulce Et Decorum Est is about the horror of war and an account of a man that saw and was part of it all. This man saw the men march, cough like hags and most importantly a man choke from all the gas right in front of him. I think the audience for this poem is the slightly older audience because it was a bit tricky to fully understand on your first read. Both poems use language to make effect and in Dulce Et Decorum Est he uses this, for example, "Guttering, choking, drowning."

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  6. Poem Comparison

    Upper class stayed upper classes; lower class stayed lower class and middle class stayed middle class. The only exception was marriage however it was rare for social classes to mix. It is clear in the poem that Porphryia is from a higher social class than 'the lover.' "From pride, and vainer ties dissever." Although it does not tell us what the ties are, we could assume they are social ties. For example Porphyria is the one going to meet the lover and leaving him at the end suggesting she has another life. Their affair is set in the middle of nowhere in a cottage to obviously to hide the adultery they are committing.

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  7. Comparing and Contrasting Poems

    Some people may also believe that Ezekiel has used this title only to inform us of the time of the event and to set the scene for us; however, I believe the title has greater significance and regard it as almost a window into the poem. I believe that both poets have used many devices such as imagery, connotations of words, repetition, metaphors, similes and much more to trigger a debate. 'Night of the Scorpion' is a poem full of techniques and views that touch very sensitive issues, criticising people's culture and beliefs.

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  8. Night of the scorpion and Blessing both display images of the place. Each culture is similar in some ways. Scorpion is set a rural place and Blessing is presented in an urban place.

    'like swarms of flies' he also describes the scorpion as the 'evil one'. These are very powerful words as the scorpion is likened to the devil. By doing this the writer has made the reader feel hatred for the scorpion. The writer has made a place feel negative as the reader will see bad things happening. The writer also brings religion into the poem. For example it says 'Thank god' this shows us that it is set in a place which religion place a big role in people's lives.

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  9. Comparative essay of 4 poems

    This shows that they are very close to each other. Havisham on the other hand has 4 x 4 line stanzas and is very precise. This could mean that it has been rehearsed over the years and she knows exactly what to say. The Laboratory is very different from Havisham structure wise as it has 12 stanzas varying in length and split up. This shows that she is making it up as she goes along. Finally My Last Duchess is only1 stanza, which adds more flow to the overall piece.

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  10. Comparing stealing and the laboratory

    She takes pleasure in watching its preparation and it's determined to enjoy her revenge. This is similar to 'Stealing' as both poems get the thrill out of unpleasant things; killing her lover and knowing that children will cry over the snowman. I believe that 'Stealing' and 'The Laboratory' have completely different structures. In 'Stealing' there are 5 stanzas whereas in 'The Laboratory' had 12 stanzas. I feel as though 'Stealing' is set out like an interview, as if he was in trouble with the police, or even his parents.

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  11. In Hurricane Hits England the theme is about identity this relates too presents from my aunts in Pakistan.

    This uses third person, the meaning of the text is that the Hurricane made England feel like her home. The use of third person emphasizes the change of before and after. It makes it feel like her home by experiencing something that happens all the time in her old home this makes her feel like she has nothing to be scared of. My second point is the "howling ship of the wind its gathering rage." This uses personification and a metaphor for the people on the slave ships i.e. her ancestors. The meaning behind the text is that her ancestors would either make it out of the slave ships or be killed by them; this is like her trying to make it through the hurricane.

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  12. How do the authors of Dulce Et Decorum Est and Electricity Comes To Cocoa Bottom use descriptive detail, and to what effect?

    He also says that they "[fit] the clumsy helmets just in time" which again, makes the reader realise that no one really wants to wear them but are forced to put them on, which contrasts with the generalised perception of a soldier at war; always willing and ready. Owen pairs this juxtaposition with personification, when he describes the helmets as "clumsy". This is ironic, as again instead of being alert and prepared, it is the soldiers who are clumsy. The words "green sea" imply slush and swamp-like 'decaying' conditions - unsuitable for young men as well as highly dangerous.

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  13. In this essay I am exploring two different poems: Hurricane hits England and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan. Both themes are mainly focused upon two girls unable to define their true cultures and identity

    The title of the poem 'presents from my aunts in Pakistan' has been chosen to indicate how effective the presents are towards Moniza Alvi. It suggests that she focuses on them a lot as it's a way of holding on to her Pakistani culture. The form of the poem can be described as scattered. The poet has chosen this structure to reflect her feelings of being disorientated. An example of the form being particularly effective is between the lines 15-50.

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  14. 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.

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  15. on different cultures and traditions

    Sujata Bhatt wrote half in English and half in Gujarati, but under each line there was a translation in English of how to read it for people who cannot read Gujarati. So, what both poets are trying to state is that, it does not matter if you are not in your own country, even if you are absent from your homeland, your culture will always stay with you, no matter what. Even though the two poems are similar in most ways, these poems differ from each other in some ways.

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  16. Clash of cultures coursework

    But she had enjoyed herself more on her own". The fact Cathy has different ideas and does not see along the same lines as her in-laws shows that the two different cultures have different values. It is also a good example of how two different cultures clash, and come across as a constant struggle, as Cathy, an English born woman who has moved to India, is forced to enter an alien world in which she cannot escape from. "The Train from Rhodesia" is another short story, written by Nadine Gordimer, who was born in South Africa in 1923 to an English speaking family.

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

    Wordsworth had a sad life because when he was around 8 years his mother died, and when he was 13 his father died, when he visited London that could be a runaway from problems that he might have and be able to forget about the sad moments. He also might feel that he is not overruled by somebody else, he could feel free. Both of the poems are about London but both of them got different background. Blake see the negative side when he written 'Blasts the new-born Infant's tear' by this quote we can tell that every one live with a fear.

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  18. Compare and Contrast `Nothing Changed ` and `Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes`. Is segregation the focus of these poems?

    Whereas ` Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes` tells us straight away that it's going to be about segregation , as well as that there are two groups of people, as well as something is going to go on about them, we can also see that the author is going to talk about rich and poor people. In poem `Nothing changed ` there is loads of violent language being used, as well as we could see how the author is pointing out the segregation.

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  19. War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

    Duffy has put a full stop at the end of this sentence so that the reader would stop for a second and reflect on the feeling of the people in the photos. This also fixes this scene in the readers' minds. The 'red light' creates an eerie atmosphere in the poem; this is also a symbol to represent the blood shed during war. This is also a referral to the sanctuary light in a Catholic Church which remains on to show the presence of Christ, which in the poem could show the fact that as long as the 'red light' remains on there is always the presence of the people in the photographs.

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  20. Present From My Aunt And Search For My Tongue Comparison

    Two 'salwar kameez' outfits. The beautiful vivid colours are described with the simile, 'glistening like an orange split open'. Alvi continues with description, this time describing her 'embossed' and 'gold and black' oriental slippers she also received. Sanijta's poem starts off with a strong but conversational tone, 'you ask me and I ask you', opening a close relationship with the reader. The questioning at the opening of the poem shows that the persona fears she has lost the ability to speak for her culture. After continuous description if the clothes sent to Alvi in her poem, the second stanza relates how Alvi tried on these clothes but felt 'alien' in her sitting room.

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  21. Compare and Contrast parent-child relationships in Follower, Catrin and two other pre-1914 poems

    She goes on to describe their everlasting attachment despite this temporary separation in terms of childbirth. She also says "from the heart's pool that old rope, tightening around my life" her she is trying to reinforce her belief that her relationship with her daughter is everlasting as she discusses the implications of childbirth on her life. After evaluating the struggle she experiences she finally questions whether mother hood is right for her at this moment in her life. This compares to 'On my first Sonne'(OM)where the father experiences extreme grief on account of the broken connection between him and his Son.

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  22. This Room And Love After Love Comparison

    Dharker personifies the bed as 'lifting out of its nightmares'. This shows that all negativity is being left behind, as chairs move out their usual 'dark corners'. Alliteration and metaphors are also used to create an image and convey a sense of freedom as the chairs 'crash through clouds'. In love after love, Walcott shows that learning to love yourself will not come immediately, but 'the time will come'. He emphasizes that there is joy involved, as he says that it will be with 'elation' as you 'greet yourself' as you look at yourself in the mirror.

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