Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of love set in Verona. At the start of the play, the audience see a prologue, which informs them that the story is going to end in tragedy. The play is filled with huge contrasts of emotions. At the start of the play we see a fight between the Montague?s and the Capulet?s filled with violence and hatred when the play is actually about love. This contrast between love and hate will become apparent as you go further through the play. The play starts with the serving men and servants setting the tables. This is important as it gives an insight into the lower class point of view (groundlings) who would be standing watching the play. The speech made by cat the start of the play is very important as it sets the mood for the rest of the party and also the rest of the scene. He starts by welcoming the guests and jokes with them saying that if the ladies did not dance they had an affliction of corns on their feet. This tells us that Capulet is trying to put across an image that he is quite jolly and light hearted. Capulet then says that he is too old to take part in this party and it is important that Shakespeare uses this line as there would probably be a very slight age gap between the actor or Capulet and the rest of the actor?s on stage. The mood of the Capulets is much different in this part of the play than the fight at the start of the play
"Mid Term Break" critical evaluation "Mid Term Break," is a poem written by Seamus Heaney which has the mood of sorrow. The poem has a very sorrowful mood which is created by using a number of poetic techniques. "Mid Term Break" is about the death of his younger brother Christopher at which he was four years old when he was killed in a car accident. At which the sorrowful mood highlights the metaphorical and literal journey. Heaney uses a lot of poetic techniques to highlight the sorrowful mood which is created and not only in the poem itself but the title. "Mid Term Break," is ironic because the break is described as a happy break as "Mid Term" is with the "Break" which highlights the break being happy. However this is not to be the case. The break is very sad and emotional because of the death of Heaney's younger brother, which highlights very effectively, the mood of sorrow. Heaney starts the poem with being at school waiting to be picked up: "I sat all morning in the college sick bay Counting bells knelling classes to a close." Heaney use assonance to show the sorrowful mood created by the repition of the letter e in "bells knelling". Heaney's use of effective word choice is very good when he uses the word "knelling" to describe the bells. This is very effective as it describes the bells having a very sombre and depressing mood which creates the sorrowful mood of the
Read Full Moon and Little Frieda by Ted Hughes. In what way do you think Hughes conveys his feelings for Frieda on such a magical evening? What makes the poem special of you?
Read Full Moon and Little Frieda by Ted Hughes. In what way do you think Hughes conveys his feelings for Frieda on such a magical evening? What makes the poem special of you? "Full Moon and Little Frieda" is a poem written by Ted Hughes that captures, with the use of vivid imagery and description, a snap-shot of a small, magical evening, experienced by little Frieda. In this poem, Ted Hughes implies that even an insignificant snap-shot, in a small evening is a miracle. He shows how there is a sensation of wonder, awe and magic in every small moment of life and that there is marvel in everyday of our lives. This poem illustrates, and paints a picture of this beautiful evening and conveys Ted Hughes feeling's for little Frieda in a number of ways. The poem begins with a small evening that shrinks "to a dog bark the clank of a bucket" which indicates how the smallness of little Frieda contributes to the smallness of the evening. The small, cool evening also implies that the poet is referring a tiny fragment of an evening, and the bark of the dog and clank of the bucket are sounds that were a part of that particular fragment. Hughes conveys his feelings for Frieda, in the next stanza, where he refers to her as "you". In this verse, Hughes communicates his emotions for Frieda by creating an atmosphere of tension. He shows little Frieda's fear as she hears "a spiders web, tense
"Poets rethink everything anew" From your reading of poetry show how two or three of the poems may have given you a new or different sense of poetry or of human experience, and comment on how these effects were achieved in the poetry. Refer to poems by at least two different poets. There are lots of poems which may create a new or different sense of poetry or of human experience. Some very good examples for this are Wislawa Szymborska´s "The Joy of Writing", in which she explores the process of creating poetry, and "Hitler`s First Photograph", which is about the dictator as a child, as well as Carol Ann Duffy´s "Valentine", that compares love with an onion. In "The Joy of Writing" the special feature, which gives us a new sensation of poetry, is that Szymborska does not only write a "normal" poem, but also about how she writes it and what abilities and power this gives her. She suggests, that the author can decide alone, what happens in a poem. For incidence she says: "the twinkling of an eye will take as long as I say" or "without my blessing, not a leaf will fall, not a blade of grass will bend". That shows the total power of the writer. The last stanza also suggests that writing is somehow godlike, by saying "The power of preserving. Revenge of a mortal hand". Here she expresses, that with poetry one can create something eternal, while the real life is limited. The
First Love How does the poet use language to create a vivid portrayal of love? First Love was written by John Clare (1793-1864) about his true love for a woman called Mary Joyce, who was from an upper class family, differing from his background from lower class. Even though Mary Joyce was the love of his life, he married another woman and had a family with her. In later years, his obsession led to him being admitted in to an asylum. During his time there, he had been said to think he was Lord Bryon (Mary Joyce's actual husband). She was the daughter of a wealthy farmer who did not approve of him. His infatuated love for her drove him to insanity. The poem talks about the first time he laid his eye upon her. In the essay, I will discuss how the poet uses language to create a dramatic portrayal of his love. The first stanza is full of terms with vibrant connotations. The poet uses this to create a jovial atmosphere and help the reader determine his emotions at that time. The very first line informs the reader that love had never 'struck' him before that day that he saw her. The word 'struck' denotes that it was something unexpected and impulsive. He links her beauty to a radiant flower, using the words 'sweet' and 'bloomed'. The word 'bloomed' may also imply that when he saw her, his world brightened and he felt alive. 'And it stole my heart away complete' entails that upon
Compare and contrast the poems by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke that you have studied. Comment on the poets different attitudes to war and the effectiveness of their poetry conveying their ideas and feelings.
Compare and contrast the poems by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke that you have studied. Comment on the poets' different attitudes to war and the effectiveness of their poetry conveying their ideas and feelings. The scale of World War one was enormous resulting in 8556315 deaths across the whole world. It was the largest war in history. The conditions in the trenches was horrific, as all men had lice, were vulnerable to frequent gas attacks and could easily catch diseases such as, trench foot and gangrene. Rats infested the trenches, the men where covered in mud and they didn't have time to regularly wash. The men smoked to relax at night. It's not surprising that the life expectancy of a soldier in the trenches was Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th March 1893 in Owestry, Shropshire. He was educated at the Birkenhead institute and at Shrewsbury Technical School. Owens jobs consist of a lay assistant to the vicar of Dunsden and a pupil teacher. Prior to the outbreak of World War one he worked as a private tutor teaching English. In October 1915 he enlisted in the artists rifles where he trained for seven months. In January 1917 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant with the Manchester regiment. Owen began the war as a optimistic and cheerful man, but soon changed after many traumatic experiences. Owen was diagnosed with shellshock, it was when recovering in Craiglockhart
"Storyteller" by Liz Lochhead Liz Lochhead's poem "Storyteller" talks about a woman who worked on a shelter or orphanage for kids. Her formal work was to wash the dishes, cook and clean, but her really work, what mattered about her, was telling stories. In the first stanza Lochhead describes the situation before the woman started telling the story, when she "sat down at the" table in the already cleaned up room. Stanza number two the audience listening to the stories; none of them "could say the stories were useless", this is because they were not. Living in conditions were you have to be with kids that are alone, miss their parents or never had them, and having to deal with them and their possible frequent questions that are not easy to answer, the hunger, the tiredness, is not easy, so when they listen to the stories, they forget about all that stuff and imagine in their head a whole different world. The people listening to the story are presented as a whole, not as individuals, so this gives the reader the idea that there is a lot of people there working. Also because it says: "five or forty fingers stitched", this may suggest something uncountable. Stanza three says what people thought about her: they did not care whether "her soup" was "tasty" or not, or how good she "swept" the "kitchen", that was not important. What was important were the stories she told, and how
Compare and contrast 'London Snow' and 'Composed Upon Westminister Bridge'. Which of the poems do you prefer and why? London Snow - Robert Bridges Composed Upon Westminster Bridge - William Wordsworth I will be writing an essay comparing and contrasting the two poems, 'London Snow' and 'Composed Upon Westminister Bridge'. Similarities: › Both of the poems are set in London. › Both poets were interested in nature, seasons and how they effect humans. › The atmosphere is peaceful in both poems and everything is quiet. › Both poets are male. Differences: › 'London Snow' is set in the 20th century. › 'Composed Upon Westminister Bridge' is set in the 19th century. › Wordsworth mainly uses opinions. › Bridges talks about what's happening here and now. The poem 'London Snow' is written by Robert Bridges and 'Composed Upon Westminister Bridge' is written by William Wordsworth. Both of the poets share an interest in seasons, nature and the effect they have on humans. Both poems are set in London. Bridges likes the way the light covers London like a spot light. Wordsworth mentions how the sights can dazzle you and you feel calm and happy, 'I, never felt a calm so deep!'. Both poets describe the scene the season has caused as special and how their love for that specific one is great. Wordsworth even dates his poems title, 'September 3, 1808'. So that it
Bawd. his poem is about a woman who wants to change her physical image, so she can get maybe get back with her previous partner.
Bawd This poem is about a woman who wants to change her physical image, so she can get maybe get back with her previous partner. To do this she starts using excessive amounts of make-up & dressing in skimpy clothing. In this first couple of stanzas the woman talks about the things she will do when she goes out; the twist in this part of the poem is that everything she will dress up as and act, will not be her true self. In the first line of the opening stanza, the writer starts with a metaphor to show what the woman looks like; "I'll get all dolled up" This metaphor shows that she is fake & plastic; giving the stereotypical image of a doll. Meaning that the woman is not going to be herself, she is merely pretending to be something she is not. The poet goes on to say "In my glad rags" The choice of word on rags gives the impression that her clothes are skimpy and will just about cover her body; it will make people look at her, where ever she goes. Her choice of clothing suggests that she wants to be noticed and get peoples attention. Also, the choice of word on glad shows that the woman is going to have fun and enjoy herself. The poet uses repetition emphasize something positive, "Up till all hours, oh Up to no good" This part of the poem reflects on the characters life, showing that her life is on the up, going to be better than previously. Also the word oh, at
HOW DO THESE POETS PORTRAY LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS? In the poems, "The Flea", by John Donne, and Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress", the two men use very different seduction tactics in the pursuit of their prey, indicating that the women being pursued are very different in their nature and temperament. John Donne's witty and outrageous poem "The Flea" is a classic with an argumentative tone and blend of amorous and intellectual elements. John Donne has apparently lost his heart to a very strong-willed and contrary companion, but one that he does not fear to challenge. Rather than using extravagant declarations of love, or promises of eternal fidelity, the poem adopts a tone of ironically detached logic. He begins by bringing her attention to a flea. "Mark but this flea," he says. He starts by pointing out that, in a sense, they are already "mingled" together, since both their blood now mixes in the stomach of the flea. As well for standing for the blending of other fluids, this recalls the "one flesh" image which appears in the Bible and the marriage ceremony as a description of the link between a married couple. He laments that this small flea is free to enjoy his lover's body without the formalities that Donne is required to observe. "...this enjoys before it woo...this, alas, is more than we would do". In the next part of the poem, we see Donne trying to talk his love