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
miracle on st davids day
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Comparing Nothing(TM)s changed with Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in Mercedes
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Compare the Girl in Not My Best Side with another female Persona in a poem in the Identity Collection
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Poets' memories of their childhood.
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Compare and contrast the accounts of childhood in 'Half-past Two' and 'Leaving School'. How successful is each poet in depicting a child's experience of the world?
Compare and contrast the accounts of childhood in 'Half-past Two' and 'Leaving School'. How successful is each poet in depicting a child's experience of the world? 'Half-past Two' and 'Leaving School' both explore the thoughts and feelings of young boys. There is a theme of fear evident in both poems. This engages an experience endured by both children that involves the concept of not understanding certain aspects of life, especially the parts that are new and unfamiliar. 'Half-past Two' is set in a typical school and the central character is a young boy. The title of this poem is strongly related to its content and theme. Time plays an important role in this poem and is emphasized when Fanthorpe uses a child-like style of language. "Timetogohomenowtime, TVtime" 'Leaving School' is set in a boarding school. The main character in this poem is also a young boy. Time does not play a big role in this poem but it is still an important aspect. The theme of this poem is the fear of being alone in new school. The type of language used by Williams is similar to that of 'Half-past Two' but there are subtle differences. 'Leaving School' does use a child-like style of language but tit is more formal than that of 'Half-past Two'. The formality of this language reflects the boy's surroundings. "I liked all the waiting we had to do at school but I didn't like the work"
Comparison of 'Blessing' and 'Island Man'
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never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts and the Lie
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Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney and In Mrs Tilschers Class by Carol Ann Duffy . Discuss how the poets have described the ending of childhood innocence in at least two poems you have studied.
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