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    Commentary on 'The Wasps Nest'

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    within this bastion of strength, where people appear to be in control of their own destiny, they are instead at their weakest. This idea is reinforced as Rosenberg is describing the idea of "love"- something that man should be in control of, because it is their emotion and often the bedrock of our lives, yet which every reader knows is just as fickle and unpredictable as anything else, something over which am has no control. This idea of weakness within apparent strength is the fundamental theme of the poem, which is a contrast highlight of the conflict between these two positions.

    • Word count: 1308
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    Continuum by Allen Curnow

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    Curnow is referring to himself. The image of the moon may be interpreted as a symbol of his unsteady train of thought. This and the contradiction thus serve to establish the confusion and indecision in the poet?s mind. Also, the moon is a symbol of poetic muse. Thus the falling moon becomes a metaphor for his sinking poetic abilities. The moon is supposed to be steady but it has lost its balance, as if to suggest that poetic inspiration is not a steady source; it waxes and wanes like the moon.

    • Word count: 1066
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    Base Details is a war poem written by Siegfried Sassoon in 1918. The year of 1918 was a crucial one in the First World War, and Base Details seeks to explore some of the bitterness and cruelty

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    Most notable is perhaps how the author chooses to purposely understate serious issues, in order to suggest patriotic and sympathetic feelings for the reader. An example of such an understatement would be line 7 which says: "Yes we've lost heavily in this last scrap." "Scrap" in this context means "battle". However, we'd normally see "scrap" used in context with normal, unimportant fights, and even used as another term for "junk" or "garbage". This implies that the 'major' who articulates this line is obviously understating and fails to acknowledge the consequences, dramatic events, and horrors of the particular battle, thus making the reader feel disgusted about this 'major' character.

    • Word count: 698
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    Poetry from different Cultures

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    The cocoa pod is from somewhere like Africa. In the second line, the way the words are placed really emphasises the word 'never' as it catches you out when reading out loud. You would normally say that phrase as 'is never', but in this poem, to emphasize the rhythm and the word 'never' the sentence is 'never is'. In the second stanza, onomatopoeia plays a fairly big part, taking over 3 words, 'drip', 'splash' and 'echo'. I think this not only gives a strong visual image, but allows the reader/listener of the poem to really imagine what's going on.

    • Word count: 873
  5. Poetry analysis of Auden's Funeral Blues.

    He includes the metaphor "coffin" to either represent his own emotional death he feels now that he has lost something so valuable to him. The stanza presents the theme of death, which is relevant throughout the poem. The speaker processes his dread through commanding verbs such as "stop" and "prevent" that show the readers, the speaker's brute authority Although Auden wants this world to come to a halt, the death must be announced, as the next stanza details: "Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message: He is Dead.

    • Word count: 1198
  6. In "Report to Wordsworth" How does the poet convey his sense of dismay at environmental damage? .

    The poet refers to Nature as "she" resembling Wordsworth's address to Nature in "The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon". This also invokes feelings of pity - we read, thinking that Nature is a female being, who is harmed. When Cheng writes that Natures is "Smothered by the smog", we get an impression that Nature is choked by the pollution. When Cheng writes "the flowers are mute", we get a sense that Nature and its components are losing beauty and colour.

    • Word count: 763
  7. Explore how Peter Porter presents his thoughts on life in A Consumer's Report

    Products, being tangible goods, have "different labels, sizes and colours". The poet comments on this because he feels that there are different races of human beings and that now everyone is being mixed together into a much more multicultural society. Since a product is anything that can be bought anywhere and anyhow, the poet compares this to life to show that nowadays life has been taken for granted and that it has not been valued. There is the irony used also "that my answers are confidential", when the poet articulates the answers to the question throughout the poem.

    • Word count: 1034
  8. What do you think the poet is saying about some teachers of English and the way they mark a students book in the poem English Book by Jane Weir? How does the poet present her opinions?

    She lists the procedures that teachers have to go through and the words 'or so they say' suggest she has little respect for 'the latest thinking' or belief in the criminal checks that are made to protect children. One particular teacher, probably the boy's English teacher, shows the mother his English book, her eyes showing 'a length of pity' that the boy's spelling, punctuation and general presentation are so weak. The mother is appalled that his writing has been 'butchered' by the teacher's red pen.

    • Word count: 539
  9. Analysis of John Foulcher's For The Fire and Loch Ard Gorge.

    In 'For The Fire' John Foulcher conveys the emotion to be somewhat mysterious and horrifying. The mysterious nature is shown by the quote 'It's singular, human thud' which is giving the impression of a person walking, but in reality it's actually the sound of a Kookaburra beating a lizard to death. Whilst the horrifying nature is shown by the use of many harsh words to show the violence including: 'hacks', 'axe-blade', 'stunned open', 'legs arched', 'pouting blood', 'clutching', and 'cold air congealing' also giving a sense of harshness.

    • Word count: 657
  10. The Telephone by Robert Frost - Analysis

    related back to its Greek definition, meaning ' a voice from afar'. Thus, the first line 'When I was just as far as I could walk' shows that the speaker is attempting to travel afar, yet is too infirm to do so. Following, Frost personifies a flower as the telephone. The usual beauty and sweet scent associated with flowers follow here as a cherished object of the speaker, demonstrating his love or fondness of the person on the other end of the line. Also, in speaking about flowers and bees, they symbolize the speaker's ethereal interaction with nature.

    • Word count: 516
  11. Carole Satymurtis I Shall Paint my Nails Red is a wonderful poem which I found myself closely relating to. I feel that in this poem she reflects many sides of a womans life.

    In this light, Satyamurti used this color to depict a seemingly humorous and trivial poem into one that speaks of a woman's importance. In the first line "because a bit of color is a public service (line 1 " Satyamurti departs from the convention that public service is about service , the economy and production . Essentially, the poem recognizes that it is not only men who are components of production and economics that can perform public service but also women who provide not only entertainment but beauty and compassion .

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  12. Sonnet 29. The poet Edna Vincent Millay uses vivid words and phrases that bring out her attempts to cope with betrayal.

    It illustrates that the fluctuation of 'ups and downs' are routine in life. The natural images created by the poet, for instance, the sun which is associated to warmth, "Pity me not because the light of day" reveal emotions and warmth of love. "At close of day no longer walks the sky" and as the sun goes, it returns the next day. "Pity me not the waning of the moon," this describes the different phases of the moon, the loss of romance and magic crucial in a relationship. These vivacious images help to show a pattern, a natural cyclic process.

    • Word count: 710
  13. A poem in which the narrators feelings are uncovered is Visiting Hour by Norman MacCaig.

    It suggests he is detached from the experience and shows he is struggling to cope with the situation. This idea is reinforced in stanza three: "I will not feel, I will not feel, until I have to". The narrator is trying to reassure himself that he is strong enough to deal with the disturbing visit and the repetition creates a worried and tense atmosphere. "Until I have to" tells the reader that death is inevitable. The staccato rhythm caused by the single syllable words and enjambment in this verse heightens the tension felt by the narrator.

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  14. Hollow by Elissa Soave tells a painful story of a woman who is suffering from severe anorexia. It creates a clear image of her physical and mental state.

    Straight away my interest has been roused. Soave then goes on to provoke the reader to cringe with her vivid descriptions of the subject's physical state. In the early stages of the poem, she creates a clear image of how weak this woman's face appears, it quotes "tinsel hoops crashing crazily against the hollows of her face". This instantly tells us that her earrings swing to and from the lower part of her face where there is nothing but skin and bone.

    • Word count: 968
  15. To what extent do you think that Yeats thought he was living in a 'Romantic Ireland'?

    Yeats' use of the word 'loosed' indicates that this anarchy has just been unleashed on the world, like a wild animal. Words such as 'loosed' give the poem a chaotic effect as they seem uncontrollable and panicky. There is a very obvious unromantic theme at the start of this poem already, as Yeats is talking about Ireland being completely out of control. Although The Tower starts negatively, it is a completely different kind of negativity altogether, as it refers to "decrepit age that has been tied to me/As to a dog's tail".

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  16. The Road Not Taken is one of the most well-known poems by American poet Robert Frost.

    "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom." -------------- Robert Frost The Road Not Taken is one of the most well-known poems by American poet Robert Frost. Though the poem did not intend to put arduous phrases into the lines, the cadence is vivid, light and relaxed, and the described scenario is fascinating but quiet - a forest with yellowish-orange leaves covering the floor wholly, but with the two paths clearly distinguished. With direct simple words used, not only did the poet successfully created a peaceful atmosphere, but also brought about a philosophic lesson which provides me with infinite insights in making decisions in the future.

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  17. Poem Analysis : The First Day at School by Roger McGough

    His many observations and his deductions on what he sees enacts to the discovery of his naivety and obliviousness. Feelings of apprehension, first -day jitters and diffidence is felt as he went through this life-changing experience. It is shown through his repeated misspelt words ('...lessins','...glassrooms') and wrong understanding of the ringing of the bell; 'Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)'With that, this would be the theme. There are many use of the literary device diction in this poem. Reason so is that the poem is written in a child's viewpoint, where a child (still in his early years)

    • Word count: 935
  18. In Paris With You. Paris is referred to as the city of love, which may indicate that this is a love poem. The narrator of the poem sounds like a woman.

    The speaker continues to develop the theme of surviving heartbreak by comparing his or her situation with that of being marooned or being a hostage. Presumably, the reference to being marooned invokes a sense of isolation and vulnerability, just as the word 'hostage' suggests that they are trapped, perhaps trapped in their feelings for an old relationship. The last line of the stanza, 'But I'm in Paris with you' suggests a contrasting set of emotions, whereby the speaker's unhappy feelings are somehow tempered by the fact that he or she is with someone special in Paris.

    • Word count: 829
  19. In the poem Prayer before Birth, the poet Louise MacNeice has drawn a picture of a corrupt, hateful and devilish world. Comment on the poetic devices and linguistic techniques he has used to create this image.

    We find it strange that a fetus has the ability to think or even 'narrate' such a poem, suggesting how even though he isn't yet subjected to it, the evil omen outside is so intense that he could sense it from within his mother's womb. The poem flows from stanza to stanza in a rapid incantation of all the possible dangers the child may face beginning with the creatures of fable and nightmare, and moving on rapidly to include the horrors created by humanity.

    • Word count: 1135
  20. The poem Marrysong by Dennis Scott is about a man who is desperate to understand his wife as he struggles to predict her feelings and reactions.

    Further into the poem many references are continuously made about the woman's mind as being like a "new country" an area unknown, yet to be explored and something to be part of "geography" (something that will be studied). It is described that this man as having "charted" her but the "roads disappeared.

    • Word count: 527
  21. The poem Hide and Seek was written by Vernon Scannel and is about a child playing hide and seek with his friends. The main theme of this poem is isolation.

    But the deeper meaning of this poem is that the poet is actually describing what happens in life. As he shows the child starting out with full confidence at the beginning of the game, he means to say that when someone starts off a new life they are confident and strong ('I'm ready! Come and find me!'). The exclamation marks show the child is full of energy and assurance that he cannot lose the game and if we go deeper we can see that someone who starts a new life will have the same attitude. There are difficulties, of course, like the cold floor and the 'salty dark'.

    • Word count: 1037
  22. Thomas Kinsella - A personal response Thomas Kinsella is a poet that is very aware of transience.

    It shows that even in his work, he thinks about those who mean a lot to him. A poem that has a very strong sense of transience is 'Mirror in February'. The poet has an epiphany while shaving in the mirror one day. He realizes that he is the same age as Jesus when he died,"reach the age of Christ", but yet the poet has not accomplished his life's mission. To me, it seems as if the poet obsesses over his age and the fear of growing old "for they are not made whole".

    • Word count: 2035
  23. Sonnet 29. This sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay is attempt to explain her worry of time aging her beauty away, resulting in her lover to loose interest in her.

    This is repeated again in the 3rd line and throughout the sonnet to emphasize its effect. The connotation to death is made in 'at close of day' you conclude that the women is near to death, which leads us to think that she is old. Therefore, the phase 'passed away', which implies that something is gone or that it disappeared, showing us that what was 'passed away' was her youth. Furthermore, in the phrase 'field to thicket', 'field' illustrates that something free and limitless; representing her when she was young.

    • Word count: 512
  24. Analysis of "Harmonium" by Simon Armitage

    The church's harmonium has been left in the church porch, ready to 'be bundled off to the skip'. The narrator asks his elderly father to help him carry out the harmonium out of the church. As the two men carry the harmonium the father makes a joke where that the next time the son carries a heavy weight out of the church in a box it will be his coffin. The persona of the poem tries to respond but he is unable to, perhaps due to the emotion he feels at the thought of his father's death.

    • Word count: 636
  25. "Brothers" by Forster. The poem Brothers explores the relationship between two brothers

    The themes, apart from relationships, that I feel could be linked to this poem are growing up and independence. The reason being is because the older brother, who is only nine years old at this time, consistently tries to convince himself that he is responsible enough to do things that adults do. For instance on the last line of the second stanza, the narrator quoted that he and Paul 'must stroll the town' as they would be 'doing what grown-ups do'.

    • Word count: 807

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