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  1. How far do you agree that Larkin and Duffy are alike in depicting personal relationships as rarely simple.

    The speaker in this poem is Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Duffy here adopts the persona of a widow to reveal the tale of a woman who remembers her dead husband with no hint of sorrow as she was jilted by him. Miss Havisham spends the rest of her life decaying in her wedding dress amid the remains of her wedding breakfast, grooming her niece to exact revenge on all men. Duffy has said that she titled the poem “Havisham” rather than Miss Havisham to separate the character from Dickens version.

    • Word count: 1580
  2. How is conflict presented in War Photographer and Remains by Simon Armitage?

    Both poems use imagery to depict the aftermath and trauma it had on the soldier and photographer, this poem is also a dramatic monologue written in the third person. In ?War Photographer? Duffy presents the theme of conflict with the metaphor; ?Spools of suffering set out in ordered rows.? This metaphor tells the reader about what the war photographer has to do for his job and how he feels about it. The word ?suffering? links back to conflict because of the connotations it brings. Also, the harsh alliterative sibilant of 's' sounds in 'spools' and 'suffering' establish the negative mood.

    • Word count: 1283
  3. In the poems half-cast by John Agard and No problem by Benjamin Zephaniah the poets similarly express their views of r****m and prejudice.

    The fact that both lines are a refrain suggests to the reader both poets are trying to confront the people who have ben r****t towards them which may make the reader feel intimidated by the poet as well as the poets appearing extremely angered by r****m by creating a tone that appears passive aggressive as well as passionate about the subject. As well as this, both poems exploit the theme of being incomplete, in the quote ?yu put me in a pigeon hole but I am versatile? Zephaniah uses a metaphor to suggest comparing himself being isolated because he has

    • Word count: 801
  4. Exploring the theme of identity in three poems from different cultures by Agard, Bhatt, and Nichols.

    people look up to Picasso's ?distinct coloured? artworks and yet accuse him of being ?mixed.? In the end, Agard addresses the reader directly: ?an I will tell yu de other half of my story.? He tells the reader that there is more to him and how people need to open their minds to accepting people of different ethnic origins. In contrast to ?Caste,? we see how ?Search for My Tongue? and ?Hurricane? address the power of ethnicity. Bhatt?s poem is formatted into one column, her mother language, Gujarati, is placed in the middle of the poem.

    • Word count: 947
  5. Compare how a relationship is presented in "Manhunt" and "Quickdraw".

    The use of this gives a sense that the relationship is fragmented and fragile. But it also shows that the wife patience as she is slowly repairing her husband bit by bit. The rhyming couplets give a sense of intimacy and togetherness. However the half rhyme of ?mine? and ?mind? gives a sense to the reader that the relationship is breaking down due to the war, or that the relationship is incomplete. Similarly ?Quickdraw is a free verse poem this creates tension as we do not know what to expect. The first three stanzas are unorganized and disordered showing the displacement and arguing in the relationship, however the last stanza returns to a normal quatrain, reflecting that the relationship has turned back to normality.

    • Word count: 535
  6. Compare how the use of war imagery is presented in 'Nettles' and Manhunt

    The effect on the reader is to imagine a loved one in a situation where they are hurt and how they would react. Similarly the narrator in ?Manhunt? uses imagery of war in a different way, he uses war to show how the injuries that occurred have injured and hurt him. ?Parachute silk of his punctured lung?. The word silk suggests how delict and precious he is, however it is unusual that he portrays the parachute as delicate as it should be sturdy and strong, this shows how fragile he is and how he needs protecting.

    • Word count: 763
  7. Compare how the theme of loss is presented in Owens Disabled and Frosts Out, Out-

    The key comparison between the two is that both are about young boys doing a man?s work. In both ?Out, Out-? and ?Disabled? the poets manage to emphasise how short and fragile life is by portraying the characters as ?young? ?boys? who have their whole lives ahead of them, which represents the innocence of their youth making sense of loss more powerful and more emotive. Both of the boys? injuries stem from a serious loss of blood. Owen states this by when the ?Disabled? character had ?poured it down shell holes?. ?Poured? is a powerful and emotive verb, as it shows that he has lost a considerable amount of blood and the verb as well suggests that it was his own choice and now he rues the day he decided to join up.

    • Word count: 1300

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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