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    Compare and Contrast Horses by Edwin Muir and Pike by Ted Hughes

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    Hughes?s poetry however dwells on the innate violence in the natural world and on instinctive predatory behaviour; yet he sees to view it as appropriate. He attempts to reconcile what at first appears to be a horrible violence in nature. Perhaps human beings are no different from a creature such as the pike, driven by impulse and appetite in a universe that follows no moral law but eat or be eaten. Hughes clearly views the pike as a creature that belongs in its water world, an animal that exemplifies survival of the fittest.

    • Word count: 1013
  2. Consider how relationships are presented in Harmonium by Simon Armitage and Praise Song for My Mother by Grace Nichols

    In addition, Armitage describes his ultimatum; it could be "bundled off to the skip" or could become his "for a song" - this suggests the church organ is not in satisfactory condition as the idiom bundled of to the skip indicates it would have been thrown out. More importantly, Armitage explains how the church organ could be his "for a song" which is an interesting play on words as the purpose of the harmonium is to play songs but also this idiom suggests it could have been purchased cheaply which leads the reader to assume the harmonium has lost its functionality and is impractical, similar to the "freight" of his father.

    • Word count: 1146
  3. In the poems Catrin and Follower, the parents are presented differently and yet all similar in some ways.

    The 'remembered' is in the past tense throughout, making it seem as though the person she is talking to is gone, or has changed completely. There is a memory of 'our first fierce confrontation' and a metaphor of 'the tight red rope of love which we both fought over' making her seemed tied to her daughter by an invisible rope of love, which is red to express the colour of the heart, or the sense of anger which love can cause.

    • Word count: 1092
  4. The two poems I have chosen to write about are Report to Wordworth (RTW) by Boey Kim Cheng and Lament by Gillian Clarke; both poets extensively use elements of the natural world in order to communicate their message of humanities destructive actions

    "slowing like a dying clock" in RTW and "slow dying" in Lament both suggest the gradual death of nature, these imply human disruption on the earth natural life cycle and the failing efforts of Nature adapt to its loss and destruction. Although with "the wound widening" suggest the opportunity for man to repair the damages it has done, whereas the words "burnt earth" and "ashes" infer it may be too late and humanity has missed the opportunity to make amends with the earth.

    • Word count: 1045
  5. Comparison of Cynddylan on a Tractor by R.S Thomas and Docker by Seamus Heaney.

    The docker is no specific person, he could be anyone. He is an anonymous composite - the face of the Irish sectarian. This distorted quasi-Protestantism has led him into deep-seated prejudice and bigotry against Catholics. The hatred has manifested itself into violence. "That fist would drop a hammer on a Catholic" This is so entrenched in the docker's beliefs that it doesn't even need to be said - his bigotry is part of his persona. "Oh yes, that sort of thing could start again" "Oh yes" adds a colloquial tone to the statement, as if it is a maxim being given by an elder.

    • Word count: 1482
  6. The two poems I have chosen to study are The Evacuee by RS Thomas and Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney. Although these two poets choose to explore the theme of childhood innocence, RS Thomas conveys a process of healing and compensation

    It begins with the girl waking up in a beautiful natural room in the countryside: "... The bedroom with its frieze of fresh sunlight..." Through this description, we already know that she is in a beautiful and safe area. This idea is once again confirmed in the second stanza, when RS Thomas uses the metaphor of "The sounds and voices were a rough sheet Waiting to catch her, as though she leaped From a scorched storey of the charred past" This shows the farmers acceptance of her into their lives and the hospitality they extend to her.

    • Word count: 1212
  7. Ill explain to you how Wendy Cope presented Christopher Robin in the poem Ever So Cute and how Jan Dean presented the child and the teacher in the poem Writing. I believe the two poets have presented the characters in an interesting way, ma

    The boy likes "violence and s*x" which also shows that he is violent. At the beginning of the poem it says "Christopher Robin can throw you downstairs". The reader can see that he is evil and naughty, but smart. Additionally, when the poet says "growing so sturdy and tough" it suggests that he continues being strong. The alliteration in the phrase "Shooting down spaceships. Bleep, bleep, bleep! Kill, kill!" which is aural imagery, emphasizes again the violence he has inside him, and also that he is sly. However, our character is also "cute".

    • Word count: 1019
  8. How do different poets put forward various views through World War One through their poetry

    The rhyming scheme is ABAB and so on, the rhythm of the poem matches those of a nursery rhyme. It mimics a jolly tune yet it is meant to match to the rhythm of marching. In the last couple of lines Pope uses a very clever method of persuasive writing. Pope states: Come along, lads - But you'll come on all right - For there's only one course to pursue, Your country is up to her neck in a fight, And she's looking and calling for you.

    • Word count: 1731
  9. Comparison of poems Refugee Blues by W.H.Auden and You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly by U.A. Fanthorpe.

    The title 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' is a final statement that every interviewee gets from the interviewer. Everyone knows what it means; surely the answer is not going to be positive. Both the titles have a melancholic note. Refugee Blues seems to be more emotive and descriptive than the poem 'You will be hearing from us shortly.' The poem 'Refugee Blues' puts the reader in a context of war or persecution due to religion or politics where as 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' puts the reader in the context of an interview.

    • Word count: 1243
  10. Vultures essay - Chinua Achebe vs. Margret Atwood

    Chinua Achebe believed that any good work of art should have a purpose. Achebe's vultures defiantly had a purpose, as it shows how even evil, vile creatures like vultures have the capacity to love. Throughout Achebe's poem there is a negative feel. From the very start of the poem it is unpleasant and quite graphic in the description of the vultures. In the poem it occasionally refers to 'love' as one of the vultures 'inclines affectionately.' This suggests that even vile creatures can have the capacity to love.

    • Word count: 1191
  11. Compare Hopkins and Hardys descriptions of waterfalls in Inversnaid and Under the waterfall. How do they make these vivid to the reader, and what significance does the waterfall have to each poet?

    This creates the image of a rather muddy, unclean river. The first two lines are saying that the waterfall is angry and raging. The lines 'roll rock highroad roaring down' are suggesting the river is angry and is crashing down on the rocks. This is also personification as it is personifying the waterfall. Also, 'his roll rock highroad' is portrayed as masculine and shows strength, superiority and force. Additionally, the alliteration of the 'r' sound in this sentence may be relating to the rolling movement of the water over the rocks or how the speed of the river is changing.

    • Word count: 1288
  12. Explore the ways in which Grace Nichols reveals the feelings of the Caribbean emigrants in the poems Island Man and Hurricane Hits England

    He can't accept his reality, he's now in England. England is the scene of both poems. This is one of the similarities, just like the feeling of comfort or reassurance. The author describes in the poem 'Island Man' how the man feels very safe and comfortable in the Caribbean. This can be seen through the poet's use of diction by using the word 'wombing' to describe the sound of the surf in his head. The poet has made up this word because the associations we have of a womb are of a safe, protected place.

    • Word count: 1072
  13. Belonging "Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock" "As You Like It"

    Through the forfeit of security and alteration of self perception characters experience a sense of belonging. The speech of the banished Duke Senior (Act 2) emphasises that although in unfamiliar surroundings away from the security of the court Duke Senior is comfortable in his new setting, accepting the environment which he deems real seeing merit in it unlike the "painted pomp" of the court the forest provides "tongues in trees, sermons in stone, books in running brooks" suggesting wisdom, knowledge, inspiration, and learning.

    • Word count: 1068
  14. Poems can capture important moments in our lives. Discuss how Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy have described the ending of childhood innocence in their poems.

    This engages the reader, and almost allows the reader to experience the poem first hand. However, Death of a Naturalist starts in a different person, and it describes the content of the poem in a different way, in the third person. Death of a Naturalist describes a past memory, and starts with many dire descriptions of objects. 'flax-d*m festered', 'Flax had rotted there' and 'huge sods' all represent an unpleasant way of looking at life, without childhood innocence. Throughout the beginning to the poem there is a tone of nastiness. Frogs are mentioned many times, and this suggests that Heaney is describing his outlook on life, and what happens in the life cycle.

    • Word count: 1641
  15. Dulce Et Decorum Est & Exposure analysis

    This makes the soldiers worry and feel uncertain and therefore, they will be physically and emotionally exhausted of incessantly having to watch out for the enemy. This is effective in conveying the message to the readers that nature was ironically also a problem to the soldiers because it implies that the wind, which is sometimes expected to help the soldiers dry their sweat and cool them down, could cause much trouble to the soldiers, making them worry. Furthermore, the word merciless has the connotation of the wind being personified as a heartless and tyrannous villain who kills anyone without any sound considerations.

    • Word count: 1337
  16. Comparing and contrasting the beggar woman and to his coy mistress

    The keywords exploited are seduction, impatience and temptation. These expressions are all regarding the ''seven deadly sins''. Now I will notify you as to what they mean. Seduction is seen as an appealing and captivating sense, an impression of enticement or temptation, Impatience is the eager desire for something or the lack of patience and temptation can be manipulated as something which entices or allures someone into doing something. ''To His Coy Mistress'' by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) is a witty abstract poem. This poem is full of the concept of 'carpe diem'- which can be decoded as seize the day and enjoy the present.

    • Word count: 1018
  17. morning song and catrin comparison essay

    Catrin is made up of short lines divided into two stanzas. One stanza takes us through Catrin's birth, and one the skating incident. The pause between them makes the reader wonder what took place in the years between Catrin's birth and her teenage years. The first stanza is in the past tense, as Clarke remembers and relives the birth of her daughter. However, the second stanza is in the present tense. This suggests that a struggle is still going on after about 13 years and that their love is still as deep and complex as ever.

    • Word count: 1286
  18. never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts and the Lie

    Both the poems are written about being hurt by love, being betrayed, and about having your trust abused. "The lie" is written about a woman. Describing how she feels because someone has threatened to leave her. She says "I hold curses in my mouth which could flood your path, sear bottomless chasms in your road" she is saying that she could curse, stop him from going anywhere and hurt him too, but she won't. "Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts" is about a woman advising us not to give our heart to someone who will hurt us.

    • Word count: 1368
  19. miracle on st davids day

    However with opening of the second stanza - "I am reading poetry to the insane." Clarke sharply destroyes this appearance and shows the reality that the setting is in fact a mental home. The line "I was reading poetry to the insane." Ends with a certain finality; it is so abrupt that it disturbs the flow of the poem.This serves to empahasise the reality of the situation, as this poem has an autobiographical element. Calrke uses short, sharp scenteces repeatedly throughout the poem to jolt the reader back to reality: In the third stanza she describes the isolation of a woman " who is not listening , not seeing , not feeling" and then in the fourth stanza Clarke introduces her main example of apearence and reality.

    • Word count: 1075
  20. Poetry From Other Cultures

    Achebe kinks his poem to World War 2. He wrote Vultures shortly after the end of the war. H makes references to "Belsen Camp, "trench" and other words that can symbolise evil or relate to the war. "Charnel house", a vault where dead bodies or bones are piled. Also, "Belsen Camp" where 50,000 Jews (including Anne Frank) were killed. We can also relate "kindred" to the theme of World War 2 and evil, as this means blood related or close family. The whole cause of World War 2 was impurity and inequality between Jews and 'pure blood' Germans. Achebe also thinks about, not just World War 2, but all the unlikely places in which love can be found.

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  21. Poetry - Compare Blake and Wordsworth

    The two poems are both individual and told from a exclusive perspective of the two poets, however they give remarkably contradictory views of the urban city. The way in which London is described in both poems is very definite and put across in incredibly different ways. As both poets are romantics you could expect the poems to be of the same variety, however this is not the case. In Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" the language is blissful and uses nature and scenery as a incentive to show the emotions of contentment and tranquillity.

    • Word count: 1320
  22. Compare and contrast how Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy have described the ending of childhood innocence in 'Death of a Naturalist' and 'In Mrs Tilcher's class'.

    I loved playing in the fields with friends and finding frogspawn was a great experience. Carol Ann Duffy represented school in the greatest way possible because as I was it, it reminded me so much of my primary school days. Duffy's upbringing was different from Heaney's which you can tell from her poem. She was born in Glasgow and then moved to Liverpool. Her poem is more indoor than outdoor and a great image of what her life was like in primary school is told in this poem. In my own childhood experience I find that both poems reminded me of what I did in school and in my free time.

    • Word count: 1605
  23. 'Beeny Cliff' and 'On Wenlock Edge'

    'Beeny Cliff' is a short, simple-structured poem. The five stanzas, each three lines, are numbered with Roman numerals, as if to place them in order. They also act as time indicators to show that the time is moving forward; as out of five, the first three sections are written in the past tense, the other two in the present tense. Similar to the shape, the content of the poem divides into five sections as well. The poem starts with a feeling of deep, mutual love.

    • Word count: 1991
  24. Comparison between the poems 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' and 'London'.

    By using words like majesty, Wordsworth is trying to imply a sense of royalty attached to London. Another word, touching, implies further beauty, also creating a sense of heartfelt emotion, connected to the idea of something 'touching' one's heart. In contrast to this Blake carries on his poem negatively, "Near where the chartered Thames does flow" Blake carries on his concept of London being a rule-bound city by saying that the river Thames is a place also bound by the charters.

    • Word count: 1701
  25. the convict

    Prisons in the 18th and early 19th century had absolutely nothing apart from a surrounding huge wall and maybe some guards to maintain the peace inside these prisons. However, these prisoners would never get enough to eat or get any news from the outside world; they had already been separated from the world and being treated with whipping and beating. Although they were not satisfied with their situation, they had no say because the system was under control of the government.

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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 The Hyaenas(TM) with War(TM). What shoc

    "In conclusion, the shock tactics used by Kipling and Wallace in these two poems help convey the effect war has on people and how we as humans are to blame for it. These messages are expressed through, the topic of the poems, the behaviour of the characters, the imagery used, the tense in which they are written and the choice of words."

  • Compare and contrast A Wife in London(TM) w

    "In conclusion the audience of the two poems can see how different strategies of approaching similar stories can change the way meaning is illustrated. The main similarity between the two poems is their message although they have been expressed in some very dissimilar ways. The main difference between the two poems is their structure and methods of bringing the pint of the poem across to the reader."

  • Compare the ways in which the poet describes things in Vultures and Night Of The Scorpion"

    "For me, the conclusion of "Vultures" is quite negative. The whole tone of the poem and the descriptive use of imagery is negative and depressing. I think that the poets feel that there is not enough love in this world for people not to harm each other. The message of "Night of the Scorpion" is simple. It says that time heals and love does not need exploring, it is what it is. For this, this conclusion is positive, but less question arising than that of "Vultures"."

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