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  1. Compare and Contrast the Poems "The Thickness of Ice" and "Twice Shy".

    Throughout this poem we can see that she is planning what will happen. This poem is written in the future tense and makes us think that she can tell what is going to happen and why. She seems to think she can tell what is going to happen from a past experience. This past experience might not have worked out as we can tell from this poem. Also throughout this poem there is a sign of hope. Loxley chooses to use an interesting method of repetition throughout this poem to demonstrate her feelings about the situation she is in; 'though secretly I'll be hoping we'll become much more and hoping that that you're hoping that too.'

    • Word count: 2594
  2. Compare and contrast the similarities and Differences between the poems of Seamus Heaney and D.H.Lawrence

    Heaney also portrays a lot of memories in this poem. First the title: 'Mid', implies an interruption in his life and childhood, and an early introduction to adulthood, but also 'Break', is a harsh, tough word, that could mean the break in his brother's life and childhood. In the first stanza he mentions sitting 'all morning in the college sick bay'. This was when he was awaiting to be driven home to his brother's funeral from his boarding school, and was feeling isolated and loneliness from the rest of the world. Heaney sees his father crying in the second verse.

    • Word count: 2360
  3. How does H.G. Wells create fear and tension for the reader in the Victorian ghost story The Red Room

    The old woman might have had experiences and has seen things that the Narrator has not. As the new comer arrives, the old woman took no notice of him, possibly she is trying to hide secrets and try not to tell everything. Perhaps Wells wants us to get a weird feeling about the old people and the place. In the story she suddenly broke in with 'Eight and twenty years you have lived and never seen the like of this house', she is trying to give the Narrator a final warning and to persuade him that he should not go.

    • Word count: 2821
  4. Analyse at least two dramatic monologues and explore how the poet creates a realistic and shocking 'voice'.

    Despite the likeness of the monologues they both have different meanings to them. however they both use violence to shock the reader as in "Education for leisure" the character is describing killing small insects until it reaches it's limits and moves on to a very horrific scene of saying "I touch your arm." this would startle the reader and panic as that person could be anyone and this would add shock to who the next person would be. The meaning behind this dramatic monologue is that the character in this monologue is tired of being ignored and it is causing him/her to react to it this way.

    • Word count: 2428
  5. Compare how "Strange fruit" and "Not my business" portray violent acts

    The purpose of "strange fruit" is to show the audience what is happening to Black people in Southern states of America. This tragic event was taking place because of all the groups forming in America who were r****t. 'The KKK' stands for 'The Ku Klux Klan'. They were a group of people who were found in 1866; who believed in white supremacy. This group became extremely popular in the 1920, because of groups like that they also influenced the society and that is why Black people were segregated for their color.

    • Word count: 2031
  6. Compare the ways in which the poet describes things in Vultures and Night Of The Scorpion"

    "Flash" reflects the suddenness and sneakiness of the sting. His tail is described as "diabolic", which means it is evil and devil like. The neighbours are quite selfish in that they see this as entertainment. "The peasants came like swarms of flies". The mother obviously hated them coming to watch her suffer. The neighbours are sympathetic though and try to help the mother. "Buzzed the name of God a hundred times to paralyze the Evil One". The idea of them "buzzing" is proving irritating to the mother, and refers to the idea of swarms of flies.

    • Word count: 2308
  7. In the essay I will be exploring AFRIKA

    With an Arab father and a Turkish mother, Afrika could have been classified as a "white", but he chose rather to embrace his origins, become a Muslim and refused to be classified as a "white." By 1948 an "apartheid" which means "apartness" was held in place, this segregated Asians, Whites, Black's and coloured people from working together, socialising, and being educated and hospitalized. At the same time "Pass laws" were introduced this meant that you were privileged enough to travel in "white areas."

    • Word count: 2305
  8. How do the poets show their attitude towards their work and life in Woman Work and Lore?

    The absence of a woman in the poem shows that Job is lonely and that he insists on working alone, without the need of female companionship. This quote also uses personification, because the writer gives the season a personality, describing it as "old" but "alive". All of this adds to Job's rugged individualism, and great independence. In Woman Work, the narrator is clearly shown to be the woman, who expresses her feelings and emotions, through her daily working routine. Conversely to this, in Lore the narrator isn't identified throughout.

    • Word count: 2018
  9. Compare and contrast the injustice shown I the poems nothings changed and not my business look at content, language, structure and themes.

    The poem is biographical; it is almost like he has experienced it himself. The poem is across six stanzas, the six stanzas could represent district six which the poem is set in. In the first stanza he walks into district six, "small round hard stones click under my heels," the word click is a form of onomatopoeia; the speaker is trying to paint a picture with words. As is walking through he is describing how run down it is, "seeding grasses thrust bearded seeds into trouser cuffs" it used personification here, as grass can not thrust seeds, and they can not have beards; this is suggesting that they are old.

    • Word count: 2227
  10. Poetry analysis

    Unlike the two other poems, Carol Ann Duffy's poem is set in an urban area. The majority of her poem is set in her old classroom, in Glasgow, where she was educated in her childhood. The settings in each of these poems are important for readers, as they have a large affect on the children's development. An example of this would be the young boy in Heaney's poem, where he is terrified by the ugly adult frogs. Another example would be in Carol Ann Duffy's 'In Mrs Tilscher's Class', when she unwillingly discovers about s*x in the playground.

    • Word count: 2538
  11. How do Owen and Sassoon shows us that it is not "sweet and honourable" to die for your country?

    Then he spent a year as a lay assistant to the Revd. In 1915 he joined the army and was placed in the Artists' Rifles. In 1917 he was posted in France and saw his first action. Later on in the year he was diagnosed with Shell shock or neurasthenia and was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. Owen and Sasson met in the hospital and discussed their veiws on the War and poetry. Both Owen and Sassoon objected to the social pressure both official and unofficial that were put on young men to join the army.

    • Word count: 2861
  12. The Show

    An aspect of this that is particularly effective is that in general, people do not think twice about killing insects, and so the link to the soldiers here is more disturbing for the reader as we realise what this link signifies. Here, it seems as if Owen is again highlighting public attitude about the war and is angry about how people perhaps would have not recognised the individual sacrifices and suffering of each soldier. Owen also compares the soldiers to less desirable groups in "Dulce et Decorum Est", when he describes them as "hags" and "old beggars".

    • Word count: 2753
  13. Poetry Analysis-Childhood

    Then the author's voice comes in, as if stating a side note, "(I forget what it was)" this shows again the narrator and the persona in the story, an adult telling their tale. The next line, starting a new stanza "and She said he'd done Something Very Wrong" the capitalization of "She" shows the child understands authority and portrays the teacher in a very high position. The third stanza is entirely made up of the author's persona, in parentheses "(Being cross, she'd forgotten She hadn't taught him Time. He was too scared of being wicked to remind her.)".

    • Word count: 2056
  14. Examine closely 'Lore' by R.S Thomas and 'Woman Work' by Maya Angelou. How do the poets show their attitude to life and work in their writing?

    Job's age is measured by the number of winters he has lived through, 'eighty-five winters old', he has lived through harsh seasons and has suffered but he is still doing the work that he enjoys. This image of Job shows that he is enthusiastic about his work and is determined to continue. The name 'Job' suggests that he is similar to the character from the bible who is tested and has suffering in his life but never despairs. Job Davies is also tested by the weather and seasons which causes suffering for him.

    • Word count: 2009
  15. Comparison of 'Once upon a time' by Gabriel Okara and

    It begs the question somewhat, how did these two men from very different backgrounds manage to write two separate poems that, however differently the style of writing was, conveyed a similar message that brought the two together? In "Once upon a time" by Gabriel Okara, the poem consists of 11 couplets, and states in the first couplet- " Once upon a time, son They used to laugh with their hearts And laugh with their eyes; But now they only laugh with their teeth". These lines trap the reader into wanting understand these lines properly, who is the "they" in question?

    • Word count: 2104
  16. The poems, "I am not that woman" by Kishwar Naheed and "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou show struggles of two black women from different cultures. Compare and contrast the two women's experiences.

    "I am not that woman selling you socks and shoes!" "Remember me" is repeated throughout the poem. This means that she doesn't want to be forgotten about by the countries social citizens because she is an individual and not part of a collective. At the end of the third and start of the fourth line she says, " hid in your walls". This is supposed to mean that she doesn't want to be looked over. Obviously this man she has been talking to or men in general ignore her because they see her as less important and it's as if she's not even there she camouflages into the wall.

    • Word count: 2991
  17. "Telephone Conversation," by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly," by U.A.Fanthorpe both deal with prejudiced attitudes through the language and tone of the three speakers.

    This technique is also used to convey how insulting the responses are. In the first stanza, difficult questions, such as, "You feel adequate to the demands of the position?" are used to convey that the interviewer's preconceptions of the candidate are that she is not adequate for the position. This is a difficult question to be asked as when answering a question of this nature you know that you are being judged upon how well you respond and you want to come across as confident but not boastful.

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  18. Compare and Contrast 'Old Man Old Man' and 'Leaving School' Discussing How each Poet Conveys their Character's Retreat from the Capable Adult World.

    The number of lines in each verse also conveys the fact that instead of maturing as you do when you go to school, the boy is declining in mental age and he can't cope with anything new like the "Beacon Series". In the Fanthorpe poem however, the verses are all three lines long except for the last verse which indicates that the old man's life is a regular "timetabled" event that has to be planned for him like a child's is at school.

    • Word count: 2812
  19. Poets' memories of their childhood.

    They are also described with 'cut-down coats' and 'heavy boots'. All of these words create images of children in well-worn clothes living under quite poor circumstances. The poem also comments on how they were all eager to go to the cinema 'we, like Hamlin children' meaning that they all followed each other, as in the Pied Piper of Hamlin. The poem then goes on to describe their eagerness to get into the cinema, 'forced our bony way into the hall'.

    • Word count: 2312
  20. 'Compare 'Old Man, Old Man' by U.A. Fanthorpe and 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph. What impressions do the give of old age?

    In 'Old Man, Old Man', the character's life is conveyed through flashbacks and memories. In the past, he was a man who 'always did-it-himself'. He was independent and never worked on the relationship with his family. 'Now, his hands shamble amongst clues' and looses control of his actions. He is a man whose relationship with others fades away. As he moves on through life, the poem is no longer just about the old man, but a relationship with the narrator who loves his 'helplessness.' The narrator is seemingly the old man's daughter who guides him through life 'as a cloud'.

    • Word count: 2360
  21. In what ways do these two poets tell their stories so that the reader will be shocked and moved? Which of the two poems shocked and moved you more, and why?

    We can tell from this that 'The Eviction' is a narrative poem. The next line contains an example of alliteration "miles of mire"; this helps to develop the rhyme scheme. Alliteration is again used in the next line "police pursue their way". The following lines describe the soldiers "Each tall and bearded man a rifle swings, and under each greatcoat a bayonet clings" this is contrasted to the poverty of the evictees it is also shows how these soldiers do well out of other's misfortune by taking their homes away from them.

    • Word count: 2175
  22. Compare and contrast the ways in which Owen and Auden present the alienation of the speakers in "Refugee Blues" and "Disabled"

    He notices how the women ?touch him like some q***r disease?. He realises how abnormal he is seen by others, even by women who once he could so easily woo. He feels very out of place. On the other hand, in ?Refugee Blues?, the reason why the German Jews feel isolated is because they have no identity. They only have ?old passports?, which are pointless and unrecognized in n**i society. They were considered by the public eye as dead and ignorable. The Jews do not simply give up and show glimpses of hope as they visit the ?consul?.

    • Word count: 2223
  23. Comparison of 'Out of the Blue' and 'Futility'

    This tells us that the poem is going to reflect quality and fragility of life right through. The word ?blue? in the title ?Out of the Blue? could symbolise many things. It is a cold word associated with winter and chill which could be a metaphor for the responsible, cold hearted terrorists. Blue is also associated with unhappiness and hurt therefore it could also imply the loneliness of the individual in the poem and shows a theme of the poem will be sadness. My initial reasoning for choosing these poems in particular was the significant similarities demonstrated in theme.

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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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