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  1. 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
  2. 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.

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  3. 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
  4. Explore the ways the poets use language to depict nature under threat in Report to Wordsworth and Lament.

    The main focus of her poem, Lament, seems to be oil and it's effects on the environment. There are many references to it, one such is "the cormorant in her funeral silk." This line of the poem implies that oil is destructive to the fauna of the air. In fact, the oil coating the feather's of the cormorant will bring about a slow death. Another reference to animals in the poem is the "..whale struck dumb...". This suggests that it's not only the fauna of air that are effected, it implies that it's also the animals of the sea that are affected by the oil spill ( this was learnt from the line, "the shadow on the sea.")

    • Word count: 882
  5. 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
  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. Comparison of 'Blessing' and 'Island Man'

    Receive The structure of the poems is related to how the characters are portrayed. The structure of 'Island Man' consists of five verses of different lengths in which some words are separate. This gives the poem a pause to represent the slow strain of effort from the island man to wake up. In contrast the visual poet Imtiaz Dharker's 'Blessing' is made up of four verses that grows in shape. This is to emphasise the pick-up of speed as the tone of the poem changes from the temptations of the mind to the frantic desperation of the hands.

    • Word count: 563
  11. 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.

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  12. A Comparison of the ways the Poets in Nothings Changed and Vultures

    The weeds are friendly but because they are weeds they are cut out. However, the Port Jackson trees are not indigenous to South Africa, so they represent the whites and 'incipient', pushing their way in. In the poem Vultures, which is written by Chinua Achebe, Achebe is considering the co-existence of evil and love. He chose disgusting and vile vultures that pick the eyes from corpses to prepare the reader for the viciousness and evil in mankind that is described in the poem. The scary thought that surrounds the poem is that evil people may feel love however; love is not enough to halt evil.

    • Word count: 985
  13. 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."

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  14. The narrator in Havisham is similar to the woman in The Laboratory in that they are both determined to gain revenge.

    Havisham' by Carol Ann Duffy portrays the narrator as a very violent as it seen in first four lines Havisham is very angry on the man who has jilted her on her wedding day. Havisham feelings shown that how Havisham h**l bent on revenge she wants to take out her anger on the man this shown "Beloved sweetheart b*****d" this shows that how hardened by her hatred for him, yet she desperately want him back as she imagine him everywhere she looks.

    • Word count: 736
  15. Comparative poetry essay The Horses and The Wind

    "This house has been far out at sea all night", an effective metaphor to signal isolation and the power of the wind. In "The Horses" the poem starts with a long feel of war and is immediately stated that it is the end of technology, "Barely a twelvemonth after / The seven days war put the world to sleep". It begins with an extremely retched and saddening atmosphere.

    • Word count: 496
  16. 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.

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  17. 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
  18. English Poem Comparison Island Man

    Another similarity both poems share, are that they are both told in third person: this adds an element of distance to the poem; symbolising that the poet feels detached from her culture/home.

    • Word count: 446
  19. Comparison between Vachel Lindsay, The Flower-Fed Buffaloesand Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

    Clarke shows her shock at innocent boys being so adversely affected, especially when they would have probably been in innocent and noble positions such as "farmers" and teachers. This is contrasted with the pitiful job they now have; wading in a sea of thick, red, unavoidable blood. She is disgusted that their only reasons for joining the madness of war are trivial; easily achievable in more peaceful and satisfying ways. This is shown by the sad and grieving use of personification "For the cormorant in his funeral silk" and listing when she tells us "The Ocean's lap" has a "mortal stain."

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  20. Night of the Scorpion and Vultures Poem Comparison

    The vultures, however, seem a lot more sinister. They are seeking out corpses and "gorging" themselves on the flesh. Even though they are not being aggressive by attacking living animals, the fact that they are feasting on corpses makes you think of them as cowardly animals, waiting for another animal to kill something and then stealing the leftovers. Both of the animals act differently and therefore serve different purposes in their respective poems. In 'Night of the Scorpion', the scorpion causes pain to the speaker's mother and it is this pain, and the people in the poem's reactions to the pain, that is dealt with.

    • Word count: 898
  21. Havisham and Anne Hathaway Poem Comparison

    The speaker in 'Havisham' has been completely consumed by her hatred. She says there is "not a day since then/I haven't wished him dead". She is unable to stop thinking about him; she can neither forgive nor forget him. It seems that Anne Hathaway, too, often thinks about her loved one. She, however, remembers him in the context of "the bed we loved in" and remembers how blissful and contented she felt with him in that bed. Anne Hathaway uses vivid imagery to describe Shakespeare and their bed.

    • Word count: 803
  22. 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
  23. 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.

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  24. Comparison between 2 poems

    Patten learned at school that 'one and one made two'. This metaphor is referring to love and how one person and another come together to make two. But at home it was a completely different story; Patten had parents who fought and didn't take much interest in him, Patten's home life 'stung more than any teachers cane' which shows the extent of how painful love came across to him. In his home life he learned that 'one and one stayed one and one'.

    • Word count: 721
  25. 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

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