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  1. How is the relationship of the poet to the past explored in Digging(TM) and either Our History(TM) or Piano and Drums(TM)?

    Heaney portrays his fondness for his father and grandfather in 'Digging' through using affectionate terms and describing how hard they work as well as the way he describes digging potatoes. For example, Heaney calls his father 'old man' in stanza five, which conveys to the reader a sense of affection as well as respect; a theme that is carried through the whole poem. An example of this is when his grandfather was drinking the milk and Heaney said he 'then fell to right away'.

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  2. With close reference to Death of a naturalist(TM) and At a potato digging(TM) discuss the ways in which Heaney uses language to convey strong emotions and

    The use of presenting this quote as the last line emphasises how he respects his father's ability to provide. Which on line fifteen is sophisticatedly composed 'By God, the old man could handle a spade.' This quote highlights how he idealises his father suggesting that Digging is another poem based on the instinct between the bond of parents and family. In huge contrast to both these poems, Johnson who presents On my First Sonne addresses the poem as an epitaph.

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  3. Poetry Comparsion of 'Island Man' by Grace Nichols and 'Blessing' Imitaz Dharker

    In 'Blessing' the land is scorched by the sun, "There never is enough water.", everyone is desperate for water. It is set in a little town just outside a city, probably a shanty town or maybe even a refugee ghetto. The characters in the poems are also very different. In 'Island Man' there is only one subject, a Caribbean man living in London who is thinking back to his Caribbean home, almost wishing he were back there. His picture of it is very idyllic and he seems to consider everything there a blessing because his image does not include the bad points about the place, such as poverty or unemployment perhaps.

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    Compare how Death or the threat of Death is represented in the poems you have studied

    So s/he decides "today I am going to kill something. Anything" S/he wants to be known and feels ignored. When you read the poem, it comes across that the speaker is very lonely, s/he only has pets but no friends. Perhaps this is the reason for their killing along with many other reasons. It comes across that he wants power; he talks about when he squashes a fly against the window with his thumb, "Shakespeare. It was in another language and now the fly is in another language".

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  5. 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".

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  6. Poetry of the first world War

    An upbeat tempo has been used and with the description of the jobs that woman did, 'drives the heavy van', 'does a milk round in the rain' it conveys a sense of action. The lines, 'beneath each uniform, beats a heart that's soft and warm', is an example of how Pope has slowed the tempo down. In doing so, it conveys to the reader that despite the difficult lives of these woman, who essentially carried out the jobs of men, still retained their femininity and gentleness.

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  7. Spring Offensive and Exposure , Whos For The Game? and God! How I Hate You, Dulce Et Decorum Est and Does It Matter. War poems compared.

    The words "...May Breeze, murmurous with wasp and midge;" The 'm's' and 'w' emphasis the sound of an insects in the summer and that adds to the nature at the beginning of the poem. In the second section the poem the soldiers are getting ready to go to war. "...open stretch of herb and heather Exposed. And instantly the whole sky burned with fury against them..." This first part of this phrase shows that as soon as the soldiers started to run over the hill they had nothing to cover them; they were 'Exposed' to the enemy's fire.

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  8. Comparing Disabled and Does It Matter?

    Written in third person point of view, it has six stanzas with lengths varying from three to sixteen lines in a verse, with no real rhythm or overall rhyming pattern. The poem's lack of structure is clearly a direct representation of the disabled man's life, broken, uncertain, just a cluster of memories and regret. In "Disabled" the reader is immediately presented with the image of the helpless invalid, "He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for the dark, and shivered in his ghastly suit of grey".

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  9. W.H. Auden Called the 1930s "A Low, Dishonest Decade" and Many Though Not All, of The Poets of the 1930s Shared This Disillusionment. What Have You Found Interesting in the Poetry of the 1930s?

    However a distinct difference between "Birmingham" and "Fern Hill" is that Dylan Thomas gives off a positive image of "Fern Hill" and it's noticeable that he really likes it. It's of an idyllic memory: it could perhaps be Dylan Thomas's childhood, or it could just be a speculation of a perfect childhood. The general theme of the two poems differ - "Fern Hill" describes a rural area - Thomas writes about nature ("trees", "leaves", "grass" and so forth) and a farm area - "famous among the barns, about the happy yard and singing as the farm was home."

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  10. How is the idea of identity presented in Agard's 'Half Caste' and Dharker's 'This Room'?

    For the English public to understand the poem it had to be written in their language. Imtiaz Dharker was born in Lahore in 1954 to Pakistani parents, but she was brought up in Glasgow where her family moved during her teens. Her poem 'This Room' relates to her because the poem based on starting afresh in a new country. This is something that Dharker was exposed to at a young age. The poem was written in 2001 but based on her experience as a teen and so like Agard she may have faced vast amounts of r****m.

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  11. Compare and Contrast 'Atlas' and 'Valentine'

    As although love "promises light", it can also be "Lethal". This idea of an unexplored side to love is also developed in "Atlas". Fanthorpe chooses to portray love in a more positive light than Duffy. Even though she sees love as a good thing, she too sees past the "cute card and kissogram". Instead of seeing love as a bringer of "grief", she uses "WD40" and "Road Fund Tax" to depict the less appetizing areas of love. Even in her use of mundane details, there is no sense of bitterness at any unnecessary obligation to do the things described.

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  12. Havisham and Anne Hathaway

    'Beloved sweetheart b*****d...I could strangle with.' The first sentence is an oxymoron which expresses her bitterness, and with the taboo language, it captures the reader's attention. The second sentence shows us that she is unable to escape this hostility towards Compeyson, revealing her anger. The final sentence of this first stanza begins to describe her eyes as 'dark green pebbles,' and then the backs of her hands covered with 'ropes.' These are very unattractive qualities and it is evidence to support that her emotions (of hatred and anger)

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  13. Violence and Crime explored in two different poems

    He then starts describing more things from his surroundings. He talks about the "Empire State Building" and the, "Pan' Am skyscraper" which are both real life skyscrapers and again this makes the poem realistic. For the first time, there's a sense of violence and pain when he compares the empire state building to a "Jumbo sized dentist's drill," making it seem like a nontouristic place although it is one of the most visited skyscrapers in New York. Most people don't like dentists and their drills as they are known to cause pain so it makes the reader think that MacCaig has a negative view of that city.

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  14. A Comparison of Four Poems that show violence

    In Hitcher however, it is not so obvious from a single line. The whole of stanzas two and three are all about how the narrator is jealous of the hitcher's freedom needing 'just a toothbrush' and nothing else. The actual event of murder or violence is very cleverly concealed in My last Duchess and The Laboratory. This down through the lyrical qualities the poems have for their rhyme schemes. In Laboratory, the rhyme scheme is a set AABB scheme which makes the poem seem like a song; almost distracting the reader from the horrible act she is about to commit.

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  15. Examine how Seamus Heaney explores the theme of "Growing Up" in two poems you have studied

    All of those examples combined implies that he is strong, in control, an expert with a horse-plough and he still has time for his son. He uses enjambament at the end of the second stanza, "with a single pluck of reins", indicates it is in one swift movement, suggesting that he is entirely in control. In addition, he compares his father to a ship with phrases and similes such as "his shoulders globed like a full sail strung...", "dipping and rising" and "mapping the furrow".

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  16. Seamus Heaney : Comparisons

    Not only do they look at the body but they also very closely examine its clothing. By taking the time to look in great detail of the way the clothes were weaved, what colours they were, the fabric used and also the sticking techniques, it helps scientists to date the body as close as they can. These brilliant bog bodies have the extraordinary power to abolish temporal distance, to make the past present. These amazing dead bodies are unbelievably hundreds of years old however people still believe that from their facial expressions we can only begin to imagen the life the bog body had and whether they were killed, murdered, executed or had committed suicide.

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  17. Compare the ways in which two writer's present characters who have to deal with loss

    The setting of the story "Chemistry" symbolizes the ranges of emotions the characters experience. Some of these are shown as a symbol to represent the loss of the characters. The pond is a symbol of how the relationship between the boy and the grandfather is lost due to the grandfather's death. "By the pond...I saw him. He was standing in his black overcoat and his grey scarf." Here is it is clearly obvious that the boy feels comforted by the pond, especially when he describes seeing his grandfather and, "he was smiling" This perhaps shows that the boy feels life goes on just like "the launch was still traveling over to him across the water, unstoppable, unsinkable, along that invisible line."

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  18. 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.

    Carol Ann Duffy is a very successful Scottish poet from Glasgow. She was born in 1955 and is known for writing simple, easily understood pieces of literature. In the past she has given public readings of her own poetry, which have proved popular with the audience, in particular the great enthusiasm with which she reads. "Mid-term Break" is a poem filled with sad phrases and negativity, concerning the death of Heaney's four year old brother. The death of Heaney's young brother left a great impact on Heaney, as he himself was still a school boy.

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  19. compare how death or threat of death is presented in the poems you have studied.

    is acting like this because they are sick and tired of being ignored as they say at the beginning of the poem, this person has no feeling at all to go and just kill someone face to face looking in there eyes to see there pain, in the poem the person starts off killing little gold fish, then a budgie, he thinks he can do anything he wants as he said in line two to three " and today I am going to play |GOD|" as he has killed a fish and a budgie he says in line seventeen "there

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  20. Compare and contrast Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' with Owen's 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' in order to explore the poets' attitudes to war

    The end stanza commemorates the soldier's patriotism "Honour the Light Brigade" in a respectful manner. The poem talks about the soldiers as a whole instead of just centring on one. This highlights the magnificence in war as not just some but everyone will be honoured and feel appreciated if they took part. 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' is also structured very well. It has fewer stanzas than Tennyson's but each one is much precise. The first stanza is on the subject of the trench life and the soldier's condition "Knock-kneed", while the second one is solely about one soldier's gruesome death "And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime".

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  21. Storm on the Island

    Heaney presents the storm as an unwanted and vicious foe but does recognize Nature's absolute and unrivalled power. Nature is shown to be brutal, strong and overpowering- without mercy to the island dwellers. The other post 1914 poem- 'The Field Mouse' by Gillian Clarke, presents a view which totally opposes Heaney's idea of Nature dominating over man and man being the victim. In fact it completely reverses the idea and has instead man being the one at fault, and shows Nature's innocent beings (e.g.

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  22. How do both poets present their attitudes and concerns about the wars?

    Owen has written "Dulce et Decorum Est" in stanzas. The pace of the first stanza is really slow "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks". This shows the tiredness of the soldiers, therefore that they are really weak and tired mainly because of the lack of sleep during war. This therefore leads to fatigue, injury and disease. They would have been "Bent double" because of all the heavy equipment they have to carry during war. It is shocking how he compares the soldiers to "old" because normally you would expect a soldier to be fighting fit.

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  23. Analysis of "Strange meeting" by Wilfred Owen and "The Man He killed" by Thomas Hardy

    However, putting aside the different experiences, we can also find some similarities between the two poems. The most important similarity between the two poems is the paradox between friend and foe. The personas in each poem go through the realisation of the fact that the men they have killed could easily been their friend in another circumstance, if only they were not the enemy. This is particularly clear in "Strange Meeting" as the man who Owen killed states: "I am the enemy you killed my friend" Although Owen killed this man, the man refers to him as a friend.

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  24. Compare and contrast Storm on the Island, by Seamus Heaney, and Patrolling Barnegat, by Walt Whitman

    To engross the reader in the situation, Whitman uses alliteration in Patrolling Barnegat that in reminiscent of the sounds of a rough sea ("spirts of snow fierce slanting"). He also compares the storm to a wild animal; indeed, he repeats the word "wild, wild", and uses the word "roar"; this emotive language perhaps suggests a dangerous lion, or another such animal; a natural danger. This runs parallel with something even more sinister; the noise of the storm is described as "shouts of demoniac laughter", an extremely emotive term that suggests something evil about the storm; in 1856, demons and evil spirits were still thought of, by most, as a real threat.

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