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    Much Ado About Nothing

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    However Shakespeare confuses the audience by having Beatrice pass insults to Benedick, "masking" her real feelings. Beatrice says to Benedick "why he is the Prince's jester, a very dull fool; only his gift is in devising impossible slanders". Beatrice is teasing Benedick so that her real feelings towards him are concealed. Don John appears to deliberately try to cause problems in the relationship between Hero and Claudio by claiming "how canst thou cross this marriage?" Don John is showing his distaste for the marriage his brother arranged. This is because Don John is jealous of his brother's higher status and success.

    • Word count: 786
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    Analysis of Poem 'Digging'

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    Even though Heaney will make a living with by writing, he'll still be able to connect with his father and grandfather, for instead of using the spade to dig up earth; he will use a pen dig up words and express it in his writings. It is clearly seen, that the mood and effect the author wanted to project, should have a positive atmosphere. The author wanted to show a happy memory of him when he was admiring the works of his father and grandfather.

    • Word count: 618
  3. The Mother by George Mackay Brown although a fairly short poem manages to in seven short stanzas creates a very concise affectionate portrait of the poets own mother.

    The effect of using bluebells creates an image of soothing things like waterfalls and flowers. But when mixed with the idea of her doing her tasks seems to create a mixed idea of her both wanting and needing to complete her tasks. Another theory about the choice of words is that the bluebells symbolise her children as they were almost certainly collected by them. She does her jobs for her children to please them and as a thank you they bring her flowers. Like so many other imaginative uses of words in this poem there could be many theory's about there true meaning.

    • Word count: 949
  4. The poem Limbo is an extended metaphor for the parallel stories of the slaves journey alongside the limbo dance. Throughout the poem, lines and stanzas can be interpreted in many different ways due to the many meanings of the overall message.

    The title also means a region on the border between Heaven and h**l, referring to the slave's journey on the ship as, in their eyes, India is Heaven and America is h**l, and they are in the middle of the two, journeying towards h**l. Alternatively, the word means a state of uncertainty or a state of imprisonment or confinement.

    • Word count: 427
  5. Poetry English language

    If I was called up for the army like they were in WW1 then I would feel confident and relieved because it would be easier to get in there. Plus I wouldn't need all the stress with the interviews and getting in. I realise that poetry can change according to the fashions and attitudes of that periods of time. Just like everything else, I have studied a selection of War poems from a period of time and I am going to compare the attitudes from those times.

    • Word count: 9003
  6. English Poetry Coursework

    The poet has a purpose of the poem, the theme of the poem is to convey the message that Asian women are not that type of women who were unable to do things, for example, money weren't given to women to spend on either necessities or anything, they were also locked up in rooms and simply saying that their lives were just ruined. The feeling of the poet are at first distress that it makes a female reader feel extremely emotional about the fact that she has the ability of writing such words in front of the world asking for freedom.

    • Word count: 1080
  7. Analysis Of the poem 'Limbo'

    The poem is written in free verse and structured to a drum beat, like a traditional limbo dance as well as representing the drum beat in which the slaves had to work to and beaten to. The chorus 'limbo, limbo like me' is repeated throughout the poem representing the constant beatings and oppression which the slaves endured.

    • Word count: 415
  8. English Coursework - Diverse Cultures

    This shows how hard it was to keep moving around and having no home to go to fell safe. They have to sleep outside in the cold with no protection. Steinbeck shows us how life during the depression was hard. The workers had no real luxury's they could enjoy, when George and Lennie were eating beans and Lennie says 'I like 'em with ketchup' George replies 'whatever we ain't got, that's what you want.' Ketchup is being shown as a symbol of luxury that they don't have. All of their material possessions were carried in a bindle. This shows how little they had, they were homeless and everything they own could fit in a little blanket.

    • Word count: 1288
  9. Impact Alert

    The writer presents details about asteroids, helping spread awareness about what these asteroids really are. The opening paragraph holds simple facts about asteroids, written in self explanatory language like "lump of rock", "they would weigh less than the moon" and "30,000 asteroid fragments fall on the earth every year". He also presents a couple of facts in between his explanation and description like "Tunguska was caused by an object no bigger than 100m in diameter", "they are the asteroids measuring about 1km across" which are an effective way of presenting his article. He doesn't just list down facts or details but rather describes and blends in a couple of facts.

    • Word count: 769
  10. Compare My Grandmother and Long Distance - Best Words

    This also shows that the father was in denial over the death, even though her death was two years ago. 'My Grandmother' begins with Jennings' telling us her grandmother "kept an antique shop -or it kept her", which showed her grandmother was lonely, and she was reliant on the antique shop to keep her occupied and feel wanted, while the antique shop was also reliant on her to ensure that "polish was all", also signifying that she kept the shop clean and tidy.

    • Word count: 1545
  11. Comparing Poems from different cultures

    I think that the theme of loneliness reinforces the content of the poems as people usually listen more to people who are, in the case of Nothing's Changed, angry, and in Island Man, sad. In both poems, the poets meaning and opinions are conveyed to the reader in similar ways, in Island Man, I think that poets meaning and opinions could have been conveyed metaphorically, as he still almost asleep, and is in a daydream, through many subliminal messages in different phrases of the poem.

    • Word count: 3556
  12. Compare & Contrast The Presentation Of The Child In William Blake(TM)s Poems The Chimney- Sweeper In Songs Of Innocence & Experience

    In Blake's poem `Songs Of Innocence` shows that the little boy's mom has died so he is left all on his own with his father who then later sells him as chimney sweeper, "And my father sold me". The boy was small and young and barely could speak properly like when he says "Weep!weep!weep!weep!" and he was meant to say "Sweep!sweep!sweep!sweep!". In stanza 2 of `Songs Of Innocence` the little boy is shown to have blonde hair which is going to be shaven off.

    • Word count: 1000
  13. War Poetry

    The poem taken is a dramatic monologue by Henry v responding from a comment his cousin Westmoreland. The idea or theme of war is portrayed in both Owens D.E.D and William Shakespeare's Henry v., but they are put across in two very different ways. First of all in Henry v poem is more of a speech from a king ho is trying to install faith among his soldiers and most importantly his cousin Westmoreland. Where as Owens D.E.D is more of a physical and traumatizing account of a war that has already taken place. In Owens' D.E.D we can see that the images that are given out are those of struggle not only physical suffering but also those of also mental suffering.

    • Word count: 827
  14. One's Self I Sing

    It interestingly conveys the meaning of repudiation to European culture by the employment of "One Self" at the first line. Traditionally, poets in Europe would invoke the muse at the beginning of a poem or a collection as-from those divine-is where poetry came from. Thus, in Whitman's point of view, to put "One Self" at the very beginning means to regard "One" as the source to poetry, and to highlight something about "One Self" significantly. By saying that the Leaves of Grass functions as American epic, the employment of "One Self" in the first stanza highlights American identity very clearly; "One's Self I sing, a simple separate person Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse."

    • Word count: 879
  15. How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting important scene?

    The general themes that run through the play is hatred; because of the feud between the two families and the opposite caring and love between Romeo and Juliet, Idle and free will; death and life, language and reality and public and private. The whole play is set in the 17th century and takes place in the Italian city of Verona. The story, set in time of actual conflict between a number of noble families, has long since acquired a strong sense of historical reality.

    • Word count: 1705
  16. Limbo Evaluation

    Also while on the ship they were made to perform the Limbo dance in order to stay alive. The ship's atmosphere was quite 'hellish' and so would relate Limbo being a place between heaven and h**l. The organisation of the poem is very important and it gives the poem structure and layout. Enjambment is used throughout the poem as the poem used one word lines on 3 separate occasions, the purpose for the one word lines are that we pause after saying a word so this is used instead of a comma.

    • Word count: 1332
  17. English, poems from different cultures

    The poem is mainly targeted at the fathers and the husbands because in the past and even in the present many Asians think of their daughters as a burden and want to get rid of them as soon as possible. The poet clearly mentions this in the first two lines of the fourth stanza 'I am the one you married off to get rid of a burden'. This shows that even fathers are cruel to their daughters. Naheed then further on says to the fathers 'not knowing that a nation of captive minds cannot be free'.

    • Word count: 889
  18. Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 5

    "'Tis since the nuptials of Lucentio, Come pentecost as quickly as it will, Some five and twenty years; and then we mask'd. Second Capulet 'Tis more, 'tis more, his son is elder, sir; His son is thirty. This is when Capulet's tone is still cheerful but also becomes slightly more personal as it is a conversation between him and his cousin. Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and truly expresses how he feels for her. "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!"

    • Word count: 1549
  19. Method used in Limbo.

    These are one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. 'over me', 'under me', 'calling me' etc. these add to the rhythm. The rhythm however is broken in the last line. This could show the end of the dance, the end of the poem or the end of the slavery. There is no punctuation in the poem. This is because the rhythm which you read it to forces you to pause in the correct places anyway so there is no need for it. There is a lot of repetition in the poem, this could be for a number of reasons.

    • Word count: 607
  20. A Critical Commentary on October Salmon by Ted Hughes

    Hughes continues this theme in stanza eight when he talks of "badges and decorations" and also in the final few lines of the poem as he talks of the salmon as being "so loyal to his doom". Also, in the next line it talks of the salmon "[completing]...his service". The word service is often related to ones military career. This is another link to the war struggle. This is perhaps a human quality in the fish. In the fourth stanza, Hughes talks of months "embroidered into the earth's beauty-dress".

    • Word count: 984
  21. Analysis of Richard Cory

    Starting with the newspaper article, the article seems to be a short summary of the events that occurred to Richard Cory the night he shot himself. This article's purpose seems to be to inform the public about a tragic event that occurred to a well known figure in the community. It is almost like an obituary and a murder/suicide investigation fused together in the span of one article. The source of the piece is a newspaper, so the selection of facts is pretty general because the newspaper just wants to get the general facts out to the public to get the people a broad idea of the incident.

    • Word count: 1320
  22. Compare and contrast Williams Wordsworths 'Daffodils with Gillian Clarke' Mroiracle on St David's Day

    To emphasize this he writes in his third stanza, 'In such a jocund company!' Wordsworth in his poem uses comparison when describing the daffodils, in his third stanza it reads 'The waves beside them danced, but they out-did the sparkling waves in glee' he uses this comparison of the lake and the daffodils to emphasise the impressiveness of the scene. Wordsworth paints a picture of himself retreating to nature to find peace and serenity, he then exposes the his happiness of seeing the daffodils before him, 'When all at once' in this line Wordsworth describes how suddenly he saw the flowers, as if he was not expecting them and you can visualise the daffodils momentarily taking his breath away.

    • Word count: 1390
  23. How do the pre-1914 poets accept or reject the stereotype of women in the era?

    In the poem "Birthday" written by Rossetti by saying "my heart is like a rainbow shell" it makes me think she is accepting the stereotype of women as it is quoting she is shy also the author is accepting the stereotype as she is putting images that represents fertility. "Carve it in doves and pomegranates". Which means seeds meaning seeds make people fertile. Also when she says " raise me a dais of silk and down". Which means she would stay at home if she was raised properly.

    • Word count: 669
  24. Compare and contrast the presentation of a winter scene in Wordsworth's extract from the Prelude and the extract from Cider with Rosie

    The opening line 'it was a world of glass, sparkling and motionless', is in the past tense and is quite effective as it makes the world sound very fragile and isolated. Later on in the 11/12th line he describes the pond 'Then we saw it; black and flat as a tray, the skaters rolling round it like marbles' I believe it is quite sinister the way he portrays the pond, the word 'black' gives a feeling of darkness quite different from the opening line.

    • Word count: 1075

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 My Grandmother and Long Distance - Best Words

    "In conclusion, the themes of family and death linked in both poems. Each poem is about a family member who died, and how they felt after. The authors also include similar emotions, such as obsession, however the obsession is focused on different topics. They also share the same feelings towards the members of their family because both authors stayed distanced from them; however it could also be argued that Harrison still felt a slight obsession to the "disconnected number" of his parents. The difference between the authors' is that they have different views towards death. Harrison clearly states he "believes life ends with death" perhaps showing us that he is an atheist. In contrast, Jennings is not an atheist, as many of her poems talk about religious experiences. Because of the points above, I believe that both these poems shared similar views on family and death, but they were expressed in different ways."

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