Compare and contrast the presentation of a winter scene in Wordsworth's extract from the Prelude and the extract from Cider with Rosie

Compare and contrast the presentation of a winter scene in Wordsworth's extract from the Prelude and the extract from Cider with Rosie The two extracts I am going to compare and write about are The Prelude and Cider with Rosie. The Prelude is written by William Wordsworth from before 1914 and is written in the style of poetry. Cider with Rosie is from 1959, it is in prose. Before 1914 nature was an important part of life, it was seen as magical and very romantic. Wordsworth used many techniques and styles to make the reader feel this feeling of sublime. Cider with Rosie is very different, it was not written in a time when nature was sublime, it is written simply to recap a memory that the author (Laurie Lee) has. Laurie Lee (Cider with Rosie) uses a lot more imagery in his writing than Wordsworth does in his poem; it allows you to see what he is remembering. 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. The second part of the sentence '...rolling round it like marbles' gives

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Compare & Contrast The Presentation Of The Child In William Blake(TM)s Poems The Chimney- Sweeper In Songs Of Innocence & Experience

Essay Question Compare and contrast the presentation of the child in William Blake's poems `The Chimney- Sweeper` in `Songs of innocence` and `Experience`. In William Blake's era children as young as 4 to 5 years of age were bought from parents who couldn't cope, and also orphans were bought and taken into a world of work and cruelty as chimney sweepers. In Blake's poems `Songs Of Experience` and `Innocence` it is written about how young children were bought and taken into being a chimney sweeper. In Blake's time Chimney sweepers were children of four to five years of age who had to be skinny and small to fit in the chimneys. Blake strongly disapproved of the chimney sweeping at such a young age, because then in the future for the 4 to 5 year olds they would have growth and lung problems because of all the dust they had to breath in. The chimney sweepers also had to be cramped up in a small space all day until the job was done. The children had to stay in a small dark space in the chimneys all day until they have finished there work with all their tools with them. 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

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A Critical Commentary on October Salmon by Ted Hughes

Josh Barrow (R) A Critical Commentary on 'October Salmon' by Ted Hughes The poem, "October Salmon" is a poem about a salmon swimming upstream to its breeding ground to lay its eggs. Hughes has cleverly titled the poem "October Salmon" as the word 'salmon' is singular and plural. This poem seems to be about a single fish, yet it could be referring to many others like it. The first few stanzas contrast the grandeur of the journey with the fertility and ugliness of death. For instance, Hughes says "After his two thousand miles, he rests". This shows that the salmon has travelled a remarkable individual journey; however, it is made all for nothing. Hughes says that the salmon is "Four years old at most". This shows how young the salmon was. The fact that the salmon is still a youth also makes this journey significant. Hughes then describes the salmon as "already [being] a veteran". This shows again, not only how the salmon is young, but also how he is similar to a soldier at war. 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

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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 Mother By Cameron Burns "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 poet's own mother. A number of things make this poem as effective as it is but a large portion of that magic captured in the poem comes from effective word choice and skilful structure. The word choice within this poem is very skilful and is beautifully matched to the theme (A mother's week) of the poem. George Mackay Brown relies heavily on his choice of words within the poem to create an affectionate account of his mother. In verse 3 he wrote: "All her tasks were like bluebells in a jar on the windowsill" Although being quite a strange simile the word choice is well chosen to give connotations the mother doing her jobs military like but with enjoyment. (The image of bluebells standing to attention reminds me of a soldier which reminds me of the military.) 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

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English, poems from different cultures

English Poetry Coursework Poetry from different cultures and traditions: 'I Am Not That Woman' I am writing about a poem called 'I Am Not That Woman' which was written by an Asian poet called Kishwar Naheed. The poem is about how cruelly women were treated by men in the past and how they have become nowadays. It is time for them to 'flower free'. Women are expressed as really special in the poem. The poem shows that men do not realize the true identity of women. They regard them as something to trade with or use them for their house work. They do not know that in a way women are much better then men as the poet clearly highlights 'my voice cannot be smothered by stones'. The poem shows that it does not matter how much men try to torture or hide the women the women will never loose their beauty, their 'motherhood' and their 'loyalty' because they are more special than men. 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'. This could

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One's Self I Sing

One's Self I sing: paraphrase One's Self I sing, a simple separate person Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse. I sing for myself, as an individual man, Who say the word Democratic and the word En-Masse. Of physiology from top to toe I sing, Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say The Form complete is worthier far, The Female equally with the Male I sing. I sing with the whole body, Because neither face nor brain alone is worthy to the muse, The united of all is that worthier, I sing to equality of Male and Female. Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, Cheerful, for freest form'd under the laws divine, The Modern Man I sing. Life is enormous with passion, pulse and power, So cheerful for freedom under the holy law, I sing to Modern Man. One's Self I sing: analysis First of all, due to the final version of Leaves of Grass in 1891 begins its contents with this poem. 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.

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War Poetry

Read Owen's Dulce et Decorum est. & the Kings speech before Agincourt in Shakespeare's Henry v. Compare how and why the two Writers manipulate their audience's feelings about war. Dulce et Decorum est was written by Wilfred Owen during the time of world war one. The poem is known for its horrifying imagery and its condemnation of war. The difference between Dulce et Decorum est to Henry v, is that first of all it is written as a personal experience of war where as Henry v is written as a poem in a history play, so its themes and imagery is portrayed from a more personal perspective of war. William Shakespeare the famous playwright, is the author of the poem taken from the history play Henry V. 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. With use of similes the

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"The Hero" Diary Entry

Dear diary: Another dreadful day in war has finished. I'm tired of arriving every night here to my dormitory in the front line and having to write letters to tell families that their relatives have died in war and then having to delivery them. My job unfortunately consists of damaging peoples feelings and lives by doing this but is the only useful thing I can do in the war due to my physical incapacity. Having only one leg since the start of the war has been very hard for me but I've learned to control this terrible situation. One week ago another young soldier died and I had to write to an old lady telling her that her only son, Jack, died in war. This is very hard for me because he was a defenceless, young soldier who wasn't really prepared for the war and I feel guilty for making him fight in the trenches and die blown up into little pieces by a mine. In other words he was a coward; he felt angry towards the war and didn't want to fight for his country but I couldn't tell that to the woman. Last night my challenge started. I had to leave the front line to take the letter to Jack's mother in a nearby county. The journey was long but I had to do this myself because it is my job and was partly my fault. After a long painful ride in horse and then in car, finally I arrived at the old lady's house, it was strange but I felt confident. I couldn't imagine the old lady's

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing- How Does Shakespeare Present Difficulties In Relationships In Much Ado About Nothing? 'Much Ado About Nothing' was written in 1600 by William Shakespeare. The play is set in Messina, Sicily however it shows typical English comedy characteristics for that time. I find this unusual because not many people travelled far from home. Relationships are shown in various ways throughout the play using themes such as love, romance and patriarchal society. The main relationships which are portrayed are between Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedick. Act two scene one is the masked ball. Conversations take place between a number of couples; this makes the scene seem lively and gives a sense of movement. The character Beatrice is attracted to Benedick. 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

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I will be comparing The hunchback in the park and The clown punk and how the poets of the poems present isolated characters.

Jason Swalli 11A 36-mark question Q: Compare the ways poets present isolated characters in “the hunchback n the park” and one other poem from characters and voice. In this essay answer, I will be comparing “The hunchback in the park” and “The clown punk” and how the poets of the poems present isolated characters. I will compare them in terms of the context, language, structure and moos/tone of the poem. “The hunchback in the park” is about a homeless man that gets bullied by a small group of boys because of his hunchback and the fact that he lives in the park. He tried to keep away from the boys and the park keeper. This creates that he is isolated as is kept away from everyone, possibly because of his appearance. The poet is trying to create an isolated character here by explaining how he tries to keep away from the boys. Similarly, in “The clown punk”, is about a homeless man. However, The man in this poem is trying to wash the windscreen of a car to earn a few pence. He appears to be heavily tattooed which could be the reason why he is isolated to everyone. Similarly, the poet of “The clown punk” presents an isolated character by describing him as “heavily tattooed”. This makes the reader think that people don’t see him as a human so he is therefore isolated form the rest of humanity. The poet also uses language to present an

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