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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. A Theme in Shakespearian Love

    So Juliet's demand is quite impressive. Obviously her will power was being driven by some pretty powerful things. When these plays are first read, one might think all these demands for constancy a bit much. But one should consider the context. Nowadays you either love someone or you don't. There is no great travesty or danger if your relationship ends. It might feel that way, but it is not so. It is legal; people won't kill or exile you in this country if you have premarital s*x or get divorced. There are groups that have been established to help women financially and emotionally who are getting out of marriages or relationships.

    • Word count: 846
  7. Escape- Nina Cassian

    The description of how she lost her senses, becoming "blind and mute", makes us understand her helplessness, her entrapment as without those vital senses there was little she could do to "escape". Everything around her is distorted, as she is unable to tell "a curtain from a river" (therefore the indoors and the outdoors) apart. As the poem progresses, her senses become increasingly deformed and she creates a morbid, almost frightening image for the reader, by declaring that she could not see the difference between "a bracelet and a muzzle", conveying the idea of death as a muzzle is associated with guns.

    • Word count: 983
  8. In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston Janie searches for true love. The reader is given a glimpse into Janie's life with a reference to the men she has known

    Janie's grandmother forced her to marry him because he was financially stable, unlike Janie. This marriage ended up becoming a relationship based on inequality because Logan starts to use his ownership of the land to control Janie. "Janie! Logan called harshly, come help me move dis manure pile befo' de sun gits hot..." (pg.31). Janie desperately tried to become her husband's perfect wife. Janie was trying to make a marriage work that could not survive without love, love that Janie did not have for Logan. Logan had blown out the hope in Janie's heart for any real love, "Familiar people and things had failed her... she knew now that marriage did not make love.

    • Word count: 731
  9. How does Tony Harrison explore the theme of place

    He describes the sights from on top of the hill, the landscape, the city centre and his old school, and the fact that the stones are toppling due to subsidence from the pits below. Such small details are crucial to Harrison's style, he gets across his northern passion in vivid descriptions of locations and how even the tiniest of details can bring about emotions. He also speaks of the prominence of the graffiti on the graves, the power of this image doesn't lie within the fact that some of the graffiti is obscene but rather the fact that some 'skins' have done the graffiti in a place which is so sacred and valuable to Harrison himself.

    • Word count: 686
  10. Women have always been the most neglected group in Chinese history

    "Mu was being brought out through a large crowd at the front gate."(565). In front of the crowd, Mu Ying was stroke with hammers, stones. The villagers even cursed Mu to be a fox spirit, in which the fox spirit always lured men in ancient Chinese stories. Mu lost all her respects in front of the crowd and she was hurt deeply in a sense of her physical body and mental feelings. Moreover, the punishments between men and women were very different.

    • Word count: 804
  11. Discuss the extent to which psychologists have been able to explain love

    What is the difference between liking someone and loving? Love isn't something that just appears over night. Often you start of by liking someone and duration of time spent with that person & the more you get to know them that fondness can turn into love. Love is said to be "a strong positive emotion of regard and affection." This type of love can be felt for family, friends and lovers. However, regarding friendships between two of the opposite s*x, how can you tell when you love someone? Rubin's theory explains that love is based on intimacy, dependence and support whereas liking is based on respect and similarity.

    • Word count: 645
  12. The first poem I am going to analyse is Cousin Kate this poem is written about a cottage maiden who falls in love with a rich

    The scene for poem one is on a farm were the maiden works. The second poem is set on the edge of the Merseyside. Both poems are about l**t and love and betrayal both poems also contain men who are only after one thing. "Cousin Kate's" title doesn't really portray how the poem is going to go were as the title "The Seduction" explains fully. Poets use poetic techniques to distinguish their work from every one else also it gives the poem flow and structure.

    • Word count: 895
  13. Compare and Contrast George Herbert's 'Love' with Donne's 'Holy Sonnet'

    Also we see his boldness and defiant tone when he uses strong stresses at the beginning "mighty" and die". As opposed to Herbert who uses the simplistic 'a,b,a,b' rhyming scheme portraying his anxiety of what he feels. We see his insecurity when he says "yet my soul drew back". When using the conjunction "yet" we see his uncertainty of his own feelings. Donne scarcely uses any Latinate words; he uses more Anglo- Saxon language. He also uses more colloquial, monosyllabic words. As opposed to Herbert's "love" that seems to be in more of a sophisticated context. We also notice how "Love" creates a more intimate feel; this is depicted through the length alternating and by the three stanzas as opposed to the Donne's one stanza sonnet and also as the poem is dialog between two people.

    • Word count: 667
  14. How Does Hardy Use Language to Create...

    The moon seems to be looking over the lovers and trying to get closer to them because of the words southing and blent. The girl is described as being beautiful like how a princess of a fairytale would be described, the words twinkle and shone have very soft sounds and therefore we feel that the environment is soothing, builds up the 'perfectness' or fairytale-like qualities. The final lien in this verse is much like the 'happily ever after' endings in a fairytale, they lovers are very close with each other and they are laughing together. b. Melancholy and Wistful Atmosphere?

    • Word count: 606
  15. To begin with, Angie is my best friend, and Kelvin is my boyfriend

    I first met Angie about four years ago. We quickly became good friends, and it wasn't long before we were inseparable. I met Kelvin through her boyfriend (now husband). They were best friends too, so it was very convenient for Kelvin and I to become close. Before we knew it we were falling in love. Thus, he became a best friend, too. The most obvious contrast between the two is their physical appearance. Angie is a 29 year-old, white female that stands about five foot -five inches and weighs around 250 lbs. She keeps her short brown hair styled to perfection, and her clothes must fit just right.

    • Word count: 573
  16. "The Garden of Love" and "A Poison Tree" by William Blake

    Both of these poems are narrated in first person, like stories about experiences, creating an impression of personal connection. By using various images Blake illustrates abstract concepts in physical means and with help of hidden clues he effectively expresses his criticism. In the poem "The Garden of Love" the "Chapel" with "shut...gates", "priests in black gowns" and "briars" represent the church, while in the poem "A Poison Tree" it's the "apple" and the "poison tree", apparently standing for the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, that gives the reader an indication of Christian religion.

    • Word count: 523
  17. "Watching Tennis" and "A Subaltern's Love Song"

    This type of sonnet is divided up into two verses, one of length eight lines; the other of six. John Heath Stubbs has divided these two verses in equal lengths again. This results in both halves of the poem containing different verse lengths. The first two verses contain four lines, whereas the last two verses contain three lines. The rhyming scheme too is unorthodox. The rhyming scheme is in the form ABAB for the first two verses and although the first two verses rhyme in order, the last two don't. This shows how the author is trying to create an image of loss of control and harmony.

    • Word count: 990
  18. How is the meaning of what is said affected by silences and omissions, pace, tone of voice and bodily movement

    If a soft, slow tone is used, it could be seem as a sign of quitting or giving up, on the other hand, if it is said in an angry, aggressive tone it could mean that the speaker is exasperated, annoyed, probably with someone else. Emotion therefore accepts the meaning of what is said greatly, as it can entirely change what is meant. Pauses are used more commonly to emphasize what is being said, instead of changing the meaning. However, it does depend on where the pause is placed.

    • Word count: 586
  19. Evaluative Phase-Love and hate

    Next we looked at the word 'hate' and its implications. Everyone in the group had to say one thing they hated. Then we all went into small groups (about 3 people) and had to make a still image of some form of hate. We chose to do an image of a person being executed by terrorists. Then as a whole group we thought about how we could add hate to the poem.

    • Word count: 483
  20. Comparing Poems "First Love, Amen and Porphyrias Lover"

    Still in the first stanza, he describes how the sighed of this woman froze him in his tracks. His muscles tensed, and his face lost colour. "My face turned pale as deadly pale, my legs refused to walk away." Love drew him to a stop. In a way, that's what I think the poet is trying to do. He's trying to draw a picture of the uncomfortable feelings etc. I also think he's done a good job. In the second stanza, it explains what happened after he looked away. He described it as he could not see anything, as the love had covered his eyes.

    • Word count: 892
  21. Compare Poem 1 "The Weeding Gang" by C.E.J Ramchariter-Lalla and Poem 2 "They Walked and Talked" by C. Uche Okeke

    poem is set in a poor part of the world because they are using cutlasses which they wouldn't be using in a developed country, and possibly it might have been in Africa because of the words, "Kheesaz and boojhowals" and also the poets name "C.E.J. Ramcharitar-Lalla". I think that the second poem is also set in Africa because of the phrase "swept like a great Saharan wind", and the Sahara is in Africa, also they have "baskets on their heads" and they have walked a long journey -modern transport is used to travel in the developed world.

    • Word count: 948
  22. Whole lotta love - Led Zeppelin

    Throughout the song various different fills are generally to be made of 16th notes and played in groups of 6. Throughout the song the drum beat varies and involves some irregular timing. In the instrumental interlude of the song congas are also overdubbed into the song Vocal: Throughout the song there is a question and answer pattern between the vocals and the guitar when the line "Wanna whole lotta love" is sung.

    • Word count: 559
  23. Discuss the ways in which Poets make use of form and language to present their views on love and marriage.

    She seems as if she is having an argument, as she ends the first and second stanza with exclamation marks. She also uses Imagery 'Do you want to vanquish me?' it is like a battle is taking place. Walsh repeats ' I refuse you' twice. In a way it seems like Christina Walsh is being a little stubborn, or maybe she is trying to get the point through that, she wants her marriage to be an equal one, not were there is a dominant male does the ordering about, and a little meek female who does what the male says.

    • Word count: 966
  24. 'The falling man' by Rodin

    Rodin being an impressionist created the sculpture in true human form. The audience can feel the passion, love, and true happiness as the two embrace in their first kiss. Knowing their story, we can see the fragility of love, in that once love is found it can easily be lost. The passionate love of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta was a theme which Rodin used to inspire The Kiss.

    • Word count: 481
  25. . The poems are 'Neutral Tones' by Thomas Hardy and 'One Flesh' by Elizabeth Jennings.

    The first line of the first stanza is significant, 'We stood by a pond that winter day', the deliberate use of the word 'winter' sets the scene in the way it tells us the time in the year and the mood, cold, chilly, dead. This first stanza uses alliteration in the sibilant 's', 'starving sod' which also are hard words. The second stanza suggests that there were arguments in the relationship 'your eyes on me were eyes that rove' and 'words played between us to and fro'. It also suggests that the relationship had lost its flair, 'over tedious riddles'.

    • Word count: 845

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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