I am going to discuss the poems 'Strong Man' and 'Grandmother's Cactus' both which were written by Tony Curtis.
Coursework Thursday, 07 February 2002 I am going to discuss the poems 'Strong Man' and 'Grandmother's Cactus' both which were written by Tony Curtis. Both the poems are concerned with love and death 'Strong Man is about a loving father who is extremely strong and gets weaker in age and then dies', but as he gets weaker he still has a strong spirit. My grandmother's cactus is about a grandmother that was a real character she had loads of different experiences and had a 'Strong' personality. Some times she made people dislike her because she arguing a lot with family and neighbours but her grandson always loved her. Her grandson who wrote the poem, had bought her a present when he was in 'Primary School', which was a cactus, he had bought this from 'The royal welsh show.' This cactus becomes a very important symbol to the grandson after the grandmother dies the cactus reminds him of his grandmother. In 'Strong Man' the poet isn't one of the man's sons because he mentions "you" and "your" but it is still a very personal poem. In the first verse the poet shows that the man is strong. By showing the man doing lots of things that are extremely hard to do, like punching nails into wood "with a clenched fist." The poet uses the image of the father being like a three. I think this is a good because we think of trees be large,
With close reference to at least three appropriate poems, discuss and illustrate the different ways language is used in Tudor and Elizabethan love poetry.
With close reference to at least three appropriate poems, discuss and illustrate the different ways language is used in Tudor and Elizabethan love poetry. This period in history, which was approximately between the years of 1540 and 1600, saw an explosion of literature, particularly in the genres of drama and poetry. Shakespeare, the dominant and most famous writer of this period, is regarded by many as the greatest ever writer in the English language. Although the period is recognised for its great dramatic works, poetry experienced a certain renaissance. This provided an outlet for the fantastic growth of the language as a whole. The Elizabethans, much like their society, favoured structure, order and decoration. Indeed as Puttnam put it in his "The Art of Poesy", "Our vulgar poesy cannot show itself either gallant or gorgeous if anything be left naked and bare." As well as describing the then reigning monarch's dress sense, this provides an important insight into how the Elizabethans saw themselves as poets. This attitude is certainly in agreement with the Elizabethan fervour for the sonnet. A precise structure is adhered to. It was Shakespeare who was the leading exponent of the form writing 154 of them. As with the majority of other Elizabethan poetry, the poetic efforts were centred primarily on the sentiments and expressions of life. Since the response is focused on
How typical of the murder mystery story is “The Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl? Which of these stories do you prefer and why?
How typical of the murder mystery story is "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl? Which of these stories do you prefer and why? These two stories were both written at different times in history. "The Speckled Band" was written in 1892 during the 19th century, whilst "Lamb to the Slaughter" was written in the middle of the 20th century in the 1950's. Immediately the reader can observe differences in style the way the stories are written, the words used in each and technique. The opening paragraph in "The Speckled Band" is written as a narrative, spoken by Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes' assistant. He begins by talking of the past and the experiences he has enjoyed and endured with his friend. The sentences are longer and Watson speaks in a very formal way. He uses what is now archaic language, which adds to the formality and the way the reader perceives him as 'old fashioned'. The archaic words used are very rarely used in modern day language, but when sir Arthur Conan Doyle was writing they were common and in everyday use. A quote such as: "...Very sorry to knock you up Watson " Is used very rarely nowadays, but in its time meant to wake somebody up. When this is compared to the language used in "Lamb to the Slaughter" the language is quite the opposite. Shorter sentences and less formal language is a key feature in Roald
Morals and values learnt in " Under a ramshackle rainbow".
Morals and values learnt in " Under a Ramshackle Rainbow" " Under a Ramshackle Rainbow", is a very deep poem in which the poet uses dark and morbid images and symbols to get across morals and values to the reader. The underlining theme of the poem is how one should treat their surroundings and what the consequences to their actions will be. From the immediate start of the poem, a creepy and eery atmosphere is created by casting a dark image in the reader's mind. ' A dead tree. On a rotten branch sit two wingless birds.' The words 'dead' and 'rotten' show the sincerity of the issue. The mentioning of two wingless birds is very significant as they portray the poet's first message to the reader. The wingless birds basically defy their objective in life. Birds need wings to fly and without wings not only do they not have their freedom, but they have no means of survival; they cannot avoid predators or catch prey. Therefore death is inevitable. After only reading the first two lines the reader may feel confused to why the birds are wingless and why their habit is in such an unusual state. The ending to the first stanza clarify the confusion. ' Among leaves on the ground a man is searching for his hands. It is fall. By this, the poet is explaining the cause of the dead tree and the wingless birds. When saying that the man is ' searching for
the laboratory, hitcher and education for leisure presents the theme of crime
Using 'The laboratory', 'Education for Leisure' and 'hitcher', write about the theme of crime. In the poems 'The laboratory', 'Education for Leisure' and 'Hitcher' the theme of crime is presented through the use of dramatic persona's being criminals for various reasons. In the poem 'The lab', Browning uses a dramatic persona, which seems to be a potential murderer that is cruel and calculating. The evidence for this is in the line: 'While they laugh, laugh at me, at me fled to the drear... I am here' This also presents the driving power of revenge anger. The poem is written in first person to involve the reader by creating a sense that it's suppose to be spoken to them. It also shows that the poem is written in present tense creating a sense of immediacy. The repetition of the word "laugh" shows the writers enthusiasm towards the reader's perception of the speaker as emotionally distraught. The poem 'Education for leisure' also used a dramatic persona. This appears to be a murderer: 'Today I am going to kill something' This demonstrates that the poem is written in present tense to give it a sense of danger, because crime could occur at any given moment. Similarly, in the poem 'Hitcher', a dramatic persons is used to convey a criminal that appears to have taken his anger out on a hitchhiker: 'I let him have it' The use of first person involves the reader creating the
Essay on "My Grandmother" By Elizabeth Jennings
Essay on "My Grandmother" By Elizabeth Jennings The relationship that the writer describes that she has with her grandmother is that they didn't seem to be very close. They never spent any time together. The writer says that she was "afraid" of her grandmother. This may have been because she was scared to get too close to her in case she lost her, as she was so old. The writer also says that all she felt was guilt when her grandmother died because she never went out with her. There was probably a lot of tension between the two when the grandmother was alive because the writer was scared to be with her. I think that that the poem is separated into 4 stanzas because each stanza seems to describe a different part of the grandmother's life. In the first stanza, the writer explains what her grandmother used to do; the second stanza goes on to say how she thought that her grandmother felt hurt that she did not want to go out with her. The third stanza talks about her getting too old to look after the antique shop and probably being on her last legs. The final stanza talks about when she died, and what was left of her antiques and the memories that were left of her in the room where all her things were. In the first stanza there are many ways in which the writer has created the atmosphere of an antique shop. "Apostle spoons" and "Bristol glass" are the most obvious in the first
Compare Battle of the Elephants by Ihechukwu madubuike With Lull-a-Dirge by Joe de Graft.
Compare 'Battle of the Elephants' by Ihechukwu madubuike With 'Lull-a-Dirge' by Joe de Graft. In my essay going to compare Battle of the elephants to Lull-a-dirge The poems are both set in Africa and they are referring to the rivers, Because rivers are the main resources of African people. 'Lull-a-Dirge' is a personal poem about a father that is confused and worried because his wife is dead and he doesn't know how to take care of his little baby. The Battle of the Elephants' is a political war about farmers and the government fighting against each other. The government are described as elephants because they are big and powerful. In the first poem 'The battle of the elephants' there are two narrators, The first one is describing the witch and the other one is the witch. We know this because of this line ''they call her the demented witch'' means that she lives on her own. This phrase describes the witch so this speaker can't be the witch. The second speaker comes in; in the phrase 'there will be a Battle of the elephants the mighty husky elephants with tusks reaching out into the sky there will be a battle of the elephants.'' This line shows that it's the witch speaking because it's not describing the witch anymore. On the second poem 'Lull-a-dirge' There is only one speaker the father. We know this because he is the only one speaking and telling the story and
The subject of Night of the Scorpion is literally that a scorpion has stung the mother and actions are taken to deal with it. It is effective because it is also easily understood and the writer refers to it several times like Hughes in Wind.
Poetry Coursework Ted Hughes wrote Wind and he lived from 1930-1980. He is from Yorkshire. Hughes published his first book of poems when he was 27. Hughes lived close enough to nature to know, at first hand, the cruelty that exists beneath the beautiful surface and he presents these facts vividly often-arousing negative emotions. Hughes was brought up in a working class background winning a scholarship to Cambridge University. Whilst at Cambridge Hughes got married to Sylvia Plath within four months. In 1984 he was appointed Poet Laureate, was awarded an OBE and in 1998 the Queen awarded him with Order Of Merit. Nissim Ezekiel wrote Night of the Scorpion and she is from India she was born in Bombay during the British rule in India. She came to England and she is one of the first Indian poets to write in English. As you can see Hughes was born in England but Ezekiel was not. Hughes went to a University in England but Ezekiel did not. Hughes was awarded for his writing but Ezekiel was not. Hughes was recognised for his writing but Ezekiel was not until after he was dead. The title of 'Wind' this is effective because it is simple it has impact and it is bold. In Wind Hughes has used a few metaphors have been used, an example been 'This house has been out at sea all night' this is effective because it makes the house seem isolated; it also makes the house to be surrounded
Perspectives On Women In Browning's Poetry.
Perspectives On Women In Browning's Poetry One of the recurring themes in the poetry of Robert Browning, is that of woman, and it is this that I have chosen to focus on. In The first of the poems I have chosen to look at, Porphyria's Lover, Browning initially portrays the female character as the one with the power, although this in inevitably removed from her. In the opening lines of the poem: 'The rain set early in tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake' we gain a sense of forboding as the landscape of the poem seems to reflect the state of mind of the narrator, this is further explored in the next two lines where the speaker describes the weather as spiteful. All the narrator can do at this point in the poem is listen to the weather outside and he is completely helpless. 'I listened with heart fit to break.' However when Porphyria enters the poem, she alters the circumstances by replacing cold with warmth and seems completely unaffected by the weather even though it is she who has been out in it. 'And kneeled and made the cheerless grate Blaze up and all the cottage warm' Porphyria's actions at this point in the poem seem effortless in direct contrast to the impotence of her lover. Porphyria continues to take charge at this point in the poem by removing the evidence of the wet, cold weather outside, and even when her lover is unresponsive she manipulates the
Write a Comparison of "To His Coy Mistress" and " The passionate Shepherd to his Love". What similarities and differences are there in the writers approach to love? How effective are there poems as expressions of love?
Write a Comparison of "To His Coy Mistress" and " The passionate Shepherd to his Love". What similarities and differences are there in the writers approach to love? How effective are there poems as expressions of love? Writing and reading love poetry is a way to get in touch with your inner feelings about the emotions of loving and being loved. Love poetry spans emotions from hate and despair to admiration and adulation. Love poetry is not only for "lovers" it is enjoyed by anybody and can also be used to persuade as it does in the two poems that I have been studying. The poems "To his Coy Mistress" written by Andrew Marvell and "The Passionate Shepherd" by Christopher Marlowe can be compared with each other because they are both addressed to a particular women about love and they both have attempts of persuasion in them, but they both have different forms and techniques to achieve this. The first poem that I studied was "To His Coy Mistress" It is a well known to seduce a woman but to women it's saying that it's showing women are just there for sex and have no personality. It is quite a long poem that isn't in verses, but is split into three paragraphs that are three separate sections. The first section being what would ideally happen, then in reality this would happen and the last section what he hopes to happen. When he wrote this poem he was writing a syllogism writing a