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    Porphyria's Lover Analysis

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    Porphyria then 'shut the cold and the storm' out as if the lover had been sitting in the cottage with doors and windows open, exposed to the weather, and she comes to close the doors and window. This imagery may represent a desire to stop arguing, to calm the storm. She then proceeds into the warm cottage and take off her sodden clothes, 'withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl.' She then speaks to her lover however he doesn't respond so she leans in close to him and pulls his arms around her, spreading her hair over them both and murmuring endearments.

    • Word count: 1137
  2. Three Traditional Ballads - The Griesly Wife, Frankie and Johnny and The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond.

    He was alone on the path, but he still kept up the search. He attempted every more and kept on eye on the footsteps as the floor was buried in snow. Echoes and voices bounced back at him, this is a translation to "And still he called her name but only the dingoes of the hill yowled back at him again." As the search went deeper and deeper through the night, the man realizes he was following the steps of an animal, thoughts and questions must have appeared in his head, but the poor man knew it was too little too late.

    • Word count: 1708
  3. In Baxters two poems, He Waiata mo Te Kare and The Ballad of Calvary Street, his singular views on two differing circumstances of marriage are expressed

    In each, his views on different aspects of the world are expressed, and are the result of experiences which are totally singular to him and have affected him in ways that could never be identical to anyone in the same position. In James K. Baxter's piece He Waiata mo Te Kare, his views on love, particularly for his ex-wife, Jacqueline Sturm are expressed. He and his wife were divorced after nine years of marriage, and Baxter's feelings on this separation and his desire to rekindle the relationship they abandoned are expressed in this poem.

    • Word count: 838
  4. How love is presented differently in various poems

    The sense of certainty suggests a healthy love between the Subaltern and Miss J. Hunter Dunn. For example, "Miss J. Hunter Dunn. Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Furnish'd and Burnish'd by Aldershot sun". This full rhyme allows there to be no confusion amongst the reader, creating the idea of a healthy relationship. Betjeman uses a variety of effective phrases and words in an emotive way to present his idea on 'love'. The repetition of "Miss J. Hunter Dunn" shows the reader how much Miss J. Hunter Dunn means the Subaltern's and how he has great respect for her.

    • Word count: 2481
  5. By close study of Valentine and I Wouldnt Thank You for a Valentine, show how Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead express their views on love.

    As I mentioned earlier, it seems that Duffy herself is set against love. Upon doing further research into Carol Ann Duffy's personal life, I have discovered that while she was born in Glasgow, she moved to Staffordshire when she was four years old. This information tells us why Duffy's Scottish heritage doesn't really show through in her poetry, it's because she moved away at such a young age, and it's quite unlikely that she grasped some of the traditions that the Scottish tend to have. Also, her profound dislike of men, and conversion to feminism may have begun at the age of sixteen, when she embarked on an affair with thirty-nine year old poet, Adrian Henri.

    • Word count: 3406
  6. First love and sonnet 43

    In contrast, the young na�ve narrator in 'First Love' melodramatically expresses his uncontrollable love for the object of his affection. "He [I] ne'er was struck before that hour/ with love so sudden and so sweet". The word struck relates to him being hit with one of cupid's arrows suggesting he had no choice but to fall in love with her.

    • Word count: 452
  7. In Sick Equation the poet explores his experience love. Compare this poem to one other you consider shares the same theme.

    Throughout the poem she ponders about how she has wasted her life; "In me has drowned a young girl". Brian Patten strongly dislikes the concept of love and so he insults it, "I crushed all its messengers". In that line he is referring to Cupid, the love messenger. Jealousy seemed to have caused this hate for love. However in the last verse he changes his opinion of love; "I was wrong of course". He realises that his parents were a bad example of love and that love can be happy and successful. Although in order to accept love he must give it first.

    • Word count: 688
  8. Visiting hour

    But he knows that he will have to soon have to let go and stop hiding it all inside. When MacCaig reaches his relative he is feeling very sad and shocked as if he is just realizing how bad and ill his relative is. For instance "And between her and me distance shrinks till there is none left but the distance of pain that neither she nor I can cross". This tells us that MacCaig is overwhelmed by his emotions as if he can't cope with this amount of pain.

    • Word count: 1035
  9. The sonnet was largely used as a vehicle for writing about love.Explore the way in which different poets use the sonnet for this thematic concern.

    Sidney's love is one with deep, raw emotion describing himself as having a "sunburned brain" symbolically meaning he is lovesick to the point he cannot function properly. The "But" on the ninth line indicates a volta and moves the sonnet on from describing the inspiration he has from other writers to speak about his love, to showing how he struggles with doing so. He says, "strangers in my way" meaning that other people do not understand his love and thus he cannot find the words he feels inside to formulate the poem.

    • Word count: 1475
  10. How have the poets you have studied explored the different aspects of love?

    The narrator says that there is no time is to wait and be coy as time is going on, and can be seen as a crime. Even though he does not say that being coy is a crime when there is limited time in the world. To this across he says: "Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime." The narrator is saying that if there was enough time in the world then being coy would not be a crime.

    • Word count: 1925
  11. Love Poetry

    She realizes that her 'My Guy and her Jackie' magazines manipulated and betrayed her. Later on in the poem she regrets the loss of innocence, as she 'cried that she had missed all the innocence around her'. She sees pregnancy as something to be ashamed of and she describes it as 'this despicable, feminine void'. She feels that she has fallen into vast emptiness and that her pregnancy is something to despise. She also feels that being pregnant makes her become what she is called by the boy at the start of the poem, 'a little slag'.

    • Word count: 3733
  12. Explain the arguments used by the poets to make use of time

    Herrick on the other hand is a cavalier poet who supported the monarchy during the civil war. Herrick's writing is more sensual because he has seen more pleasure and has more freedom compared to the puritanical way of life. Marvell opens his poem by offering a hypothesis to the mistress. "Had we but world enough and time", already we can see that Marvell is making clear the importance and the issue of time, time is something that both protagonist and the mistress don't have, showing a metaphysical conceit.

    • Word count: 2418
  13. Compare and contrast the way the poets of the 'Love and Loss' anthology have responded to the ideology of the Romantic Movement

    Common themes found in the Romantic include Nature. You can find reference to nature in almost all Romantic poems. Some writers use it as a refuge; as a way to escape modern life and the social demands that are associated with it. Others involve nature in their poetry because they believed nature had healing powers, whilst some believed that nature was just a divine work of art from God. Another common theme of the Romantic Movement is the growing importance and interest in imagination. Romantics considered imagination as the ultimate tool for creating art. It was also another way of escaping reality.

    • Word count: 2048
  14. Response To Love Poetry - The Flea & Red, Red Rose

    This is because the poem is adapted from an old Scottish folk song most likely not written originally by Burns. The poem is written in an informal and casual style and uses Scottish dialect. This brings a common feel to the poem and places the writer and the audience socially on the same level. It's familiar to who would have been the reader or listener in this case during that period in Scotland. His use of language creates an informal poem with Scottish phrases like 'bonnie lass.'

    • Word count: 1223
  15. How Do The Poets Convey Their Opinions and Feelings of Nature in the poems To Autumn and Beeny Cliff?

    However, with this aside, the main way Hardy expresses his love for Emma is by using nature to represent her. Firstly, the title, Beeny Cliff, is good use of imagery as it is very visual and allows the reader to use their imagination to build up a picture of a powerful, natural, dramatic, exhilarating cliff. This image of a cliff is then symbolic for the powerful and dramatic love that Hardy and his wife shared. In line 1, the sea, a powerful and dramatic thing, is personified to again emphasise how strong their love was for each other: "O the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea" (line 1)

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  16. comparison of the poems: "The sick equation" and "Long distance"

    This shows the strong love in Harrison's family, love that is unaltered even by death, which contrasts with the hatred which is shown in Brian Patten's household. The title "Long Distance" is partly ironic in my opinion; as the love shared between them represents very strong and close, family bonds which remains untouched even after death. The physical distance between them is only an obstacle and can never separate their hearts, minds, or even souls from each other. However, Brian Patten compares love to a factual matter, almost like an equation in maths!

    • Word count: 1829
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    Compare how death is presented in three poems in the Anthology

    The structure of this poem was in a Pertrachan Italian sonnet form. In this form poems are meant to be very structured and are need of following a strict rhyme scheme. However there was a change in rhyme scheme between the octet and sestet. In the octet the phrase "Remember me" was mentioned three times, but a sudden change was then noticed, as in the sestet "Forget me" was repeated twice. This change is used to suggest the possibility of forgetting and being happy rather having instructions to remember.

    • Word count: 1552
  18. Love is not love which alters when alteration finds

    This is proven as it says her cheeks are fresh and that her linen was clean. Which means, although she is poor, and very rough, she tries hard to keep clean. The story is told by a narrator, who is not involved in the story at all. Throughout the poem, it seems as if, the women is doing what she is told, and doesn't dare rebel against this man who almost gives a relation of master and slave. The slave, which is obviously the beggar woman, is given orders and she dose exactly what she is told to do.

    • Word count: 1298
  19. Love Poetry

    At the beginning of 'First Love' John Clare tells us his feelings of his unrequited experience at the sight of his first love. He tells us his feelings by making us imagine that the reader is him by using a happy tone. The poet describes the girl he loves as, 'love so sudden and so sweet' to emphasise the perfection of her beauty. Every line makes me believe that the situation John's in is very realistic, and it helps us understand his reaction towards love.

    • Word count: 1260
  20. Starseeker by Tim Bowman

    One of Luke's better talents however is that he is an amazing piano player. When Natalie hears him play Douce R�verie by Tchaikovsky, she changes into a different child, one that is much calmer and quieter, and they begin to form an extremely strong bond. Still being bullied, Luke searches for the jewellery box again and finds it. Inside there's an identity bracelet with the name Barley May Roberts on it along with a telephone number. Recognising the name from somewhere, he keeps the bracelet and later looks the name up on the internet.

    • Word count: 1519
  21. The Devil Incarnate - Analysis of Fernanda from One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Thus raised by her parents in an illusion of life, Fernanda experiences reality for the first time in Macondo. (223). Shocked by the brutality of the transition, Fernanda tries to adapt with the things that she knows best - pretentious, pretentious, finery. Soon after her marriage into the Buendia family, Fernanda imposed her ancestral ways on everyone by changing their eating habits and reciting the rosary before dinner. (227). She closes Ursula's shop in pastries and candy animals and closes up the Buendia house on the whole.

    • Word count: 949
  22. Ethan Frome

    The house shows total starvation of love and happiness. Ethan seems a part of the mute and melancholy landscape of the place he lives in. Although Ethan isn't more than fifty two, he looks older. The lameness and the look he has, make him the most striking figure in Starkfield. 'There was something bleak and unapproachable in his face....' In this quotation the Narrator introduces Ethan Frome to the reader. He is described as ruin of a man. His face is bleak and unapproachable as if he has no life sap in his veins.

    • Word count: 2578
  23. Compare the ways in which the poets have written about love and loss bringing different aspects of the theme. The poems I have chosen to analyse are written from a male and a female perspectives in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    The title of the poem 'A Birthday' is a metaphor for celebration of love and happiness. ' The singing bird' is a simile which produces deep satisfaction. It also portrays Christina Rossetti as happy and joyful. The poem consists of two halves. There are four beats in one line and every second line rhymes. This type of structure helps to add rhythm to a poem. In the first verse the poet compares her heart to a number of bright and colorful things that are full of life. 'Whose nest is in watered shoot'. As a woman Christina Rossetti extendes the meaning of fertility and family 'nest'.

    • Word count: 2555
  24. Love Poetry

    Walsh describes three different types of marriages and explains why she would not want any of those kinds of marriages. Unlike the other two poems, "When We Two Parted" was written by a man and so shows a different view about love. This poem is unusual because men are not usually seen as being heartbroken and this poem shows a view of a broken hearted man. This poem is about two people who are having a secret affair, until the woman abandons the man, leaving him heartbroken.

    • Word count: 954
  25. Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which the Two Poets (W.H. Auden and John Donne) Explore the Theme of Love

    A language was developed inside this small elite - which they believed proved their status above common, uneducated men and women who would not have been able to understand it. Auden, however, is a much more modern poet and aware of a broader audience. His poem "Stop all the Clocks" is dated from only 1936. Therefore the language he uses is much more understandable to a 21st Century audience. The stanzas in Donne's poem "The Good-morrow" are highly irregular; they follow no regular rhythm or rhyme.

    • Word count: 1220

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?
  • Discuss the extent to which psychologists have been able to explain love

    "As you can see, psychologists have tried to explain love and it can be seen as true to an extent. Some models concentrate on differentiating between different types of love, which is useful and does give a greater understanding To define what love truly is however, is far too complicated. Psychologists can only go by what they are told & what they observe physically. In the end, love is love and there are no other words for it."

  • Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the theme

    "I have evaluated the poems and the conclusion I have reached is all the poems have a structure and form, some of them are similar in structure and content, some only in theme, others though, are relatively similar in subject which can be humorous or sad. The writer can determine this by the style and content that he or she decides to use. Love poems can be categorised into differing themes of love, but all have certain things similar about them. Love is an emotion and as such evokes feelings on reading them. Some make us happy others sad but all of them still relate to us emotionally even so long after they were written."

  • Compare the ways in which Kate Chopin and James Joyce portray Dorothea and Eveline

    "In my opinion of the stories, both 'The Unexpected' and 'Eveline' give a very real image to the reader; it depicts the way that women were treated around this era. This is because both were offered so much, by respect and riches, and they both turn these opportunities down due to the fact that freedom is more important or a promise restricts them."

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