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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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Compare and contrast Tony Harrisons poems Bookends and Long Distance 2

    Another image portrayed in "Bookends" is that of his mother and the "apple pie" which they are "chewing". It is as though they are "chewing" over the death of Harrison's mother, ruminating rather than enjoying it, because it was the "last apple pie" she ever cooked. It is not pleasurable because the pie represents the mother, so it is as though they are eating the memory of her. Also the word "chewing" has a very dull and labouring feel to it, which reflects the scene of Harrison and his father, left reminiscing over the last gift given to them by his mother.

    • Word count: 1736
  6. How does Abrahams develop his atitude toward the comet in 'To Halley's Comet'?

    Also, the subject of shyness, also an important theme, is first brought to light in this line. Furthermore, here it becomes noticeable that the poem is divided into a few distinguishable parts the first of which is Abrahams' physical description of the comet in the sky. Continuing from the theme of modesty and the comet's description is a statement of the world's presumption of the comet's behaviour; that it would "streak through, flashing that famous double tail, / autographing the prophetic sky".

    • Word count: 1301
  7. Stevie Smith's poem "The River God" - Analysis

    In general every fourth line is longer than the earlier three. In the middle of the poem is the longest line which might make it the most important, this could also be seen as the poem building up to something until it's at a pivotal point and then slowing down again. I think the poet has used this structure to make the poem on the page look like a flow of a river. I think this because there are no verses in the poem which makes its constant and consistent like the flow of a river is.

    • Word count: 1136
  8. Night Over Birkenau Powerful Impression

    In stanza one the poet gives the reader a powerful description of the atmosphere and mood within Birkenau. In this stanza the poet conveys to the reader the idea that the atmosphere is very intimidating and oppressive. The writer conveys this successfully when he uses the technique of repetition on the word "Again". This gives the reader the impression that there is no escape from the camp. They keep trying, again and again but they never succeed. This links in with another atmosphere the writer conveys, the idea that the camp is claustrophobic. The repetition of "again" gives the impression of there being no escape.

    • Word count: 1557
  9. How the Author Conveys Tragedy in Out, Out

    The author uses personification in the story in order to emphasize the violence and danger of the machine. In the story the boy is seen working with a saw and it is depicted as very violent. "...And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled..." The words "snarled" and "rattled" makes the machine seem as if it's a savage beast that is alive and conscious. This plays along very well later on in the story as the machine is shown to be "eating" the boy's hand, as seen, "...to tell them 'Supper."

    • Word count: 1258
  10. In Revelation, Liz Lochhead was inspired by her everyday life and also by a childhood experience. The poem is symbolic of the dangers some men pose as they threaten women,

    In contrast "eggs and milk" shows how fragile some women are and it also symbolises women's fertility. Later in verse one, Lochhead describes the persona's impression of the bull at the time of the incident and the effect it has on her: "At first only black and hot reek of him" This line gives the reader a clearer picture in their head that, it is something sinister and has the connotations of evil through the use of syntax and synaethasia. Her eyes were adjusting to the darkness and she was therefore relying on her other senses. The picture created is made more dramatic by appealing to two senses at the same time, smell and touch.

    • Word count: 1282
  11. An Essay on Liz Locheads The Choosing

    This may suggest repeated actions as the Lady Councillor piled them with books. By bringing up nostalgic memories, the narrator makes us start to find similarities in our own experiences. Verse two of the poem continues on the narrator's reflection: "Best friends too Mary and I A common bond in being cleverest (equal) In out small school's small class." The words "Mary and I" are again repeated which enforces the idea that at this point in their lives they are still the best of friends. The poem at this stage is also written in the style of a young child.

    • Word count: 1136
  12. The author, Constantine Cavafy develops a certain idea of how individuals should live their life in the poem Ithaca. He believes that individuals should aim to accomplish the maximum amount of goals in their lives so that they will not have any regr

    The poet states that as the traveler sets out on his journey, he must hope that it is a long one, full of adventure and discovery. The destination of this journey is Ithaca, a Greek island, which was the destination of a mythical warrior named Odysseus who was made famous in Homer's poems. Ithaca is a metaphor to the destination of the journey of life; therefore the author is stating that an individual should hope their life is long and full of adventure and discovery.

    • Word count: 1379
  13. Analysis of Poetic Justice by Diana Appleyard

    Also he wanted to have no limits, nothing to commit him to a place, nothing to prevent him from traveling and doing exactly what he wants to do at the moment. And told are we that his "mantra" was live by the moment, seize the day. Though Jed Cunningham never wanted to look back and was, or wanted to be, independent and uncomitted, he anyway, several years after his graduation, joins the school reunion and in that way he does look back.

    • Word count: 1723
  14. How far do you agree with the view that Mametz Wood is the key to this collection? You should consider both subject matter and style.

    In this poem he gives the soldiers who died a collective identity and prompts the reader to sympathise with them through the use of sinister imagery such as 'broken mosaic of bone' and 'skeletons paused mid dance-macabre'. Joseph Jones however, as the title of the poem suggests, remembers only one young man. While it is not made explicitly clear that he died in the war, the use of past tense 'of course I remember Joseph' and nostalgic admiration suggests that this was the case.

    • Word count: 1169
  15. Easter 1916

    D This other man I had dreamed C A drunken, vainglorious lout. D He had done most bitter wrong A To some who are near my heart, B Yet I number him in the song; A He, too, has resigned his part B In the casual comedy; C He, too, has been changed in his turn, D Transformed utterly: C A terrible beauty is born. D Hearts with one purpose alone A Through summer and winter seem B Enchanted to a stone A To trouble the living stream.

    • Word count: 1065
  16. Siegfried Sassoon Presentation

    Siegfried was nicknamed as 'the most innocent of war poets', because of his childhood. Born as a Jew in 1886, he was born into a very wealthy family, and he took advantage of it. Infact, he was very much the squire back then. He did everything rich people did back then, such as playing sports like fox hunting, croquet, cricket and golf, along with writing romantic verses in his free time. No-body really knew why he signed up to join the war.

    • Word count: 1036
  17. In the poems Jac Codi Baw and East Moors Gillian Clarke is able to create a strong sense of place and change. Write about the each poem and explore the effect the events have on individuals and the community.

    "East Moors" is about the change of time and lifestyle dealt within Cardiff. The main theme displayed in the poem is about the destruction of the steelworks and culture of Cardiff went with it "erase skylines whose hieroglyphs" this means that the steelworks were a trademark of Cardiff's culture. The emotions displayed are angry and harsh for example "At the end of bitter April" this statement displays the anger of the ex-workers of the steelworks. An array of negativeness is also shown within the area "Demolition gangs" this gives no hope for the workers to return of the steelworks.

    • Word count: 1031
  18. Critical Evaluation Unto Us

    Writing from the unborn child's perspective we can see the contrast in the despair felt by the foetus and the callous, uncaring attitude of the parents after the abortion. This deep sympathy for the foetus really does make the reader explore their views on the subject and really begin to question if abortion is right. Throughout the poem Milligan uses interesting word choice and poetic techniques. One example of this can be seen in the first lines of the poem "Somewhere at sometime They committed themselves to me".

    • Word count: 1871
  19. Discuss T.S. Eliot's Portrayal of Modern Man 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock' and 'Preludes'

    The changes that took place were a cultural reaction to the rapid change that Europe was going through. Eliot's characters show a loss of faith and spirituality, rooted in the idea of living in a godless universe. Eliot describes the decadence of modern living in both poems. In 'Prufrock' he depicts 'one-night cheap hotels' and says 'women come and go talking of Michelangelo', they also seem a little pretentious. In 'Preludes' there is a lot of imagery in the first and second stanzas relating decadence to food and smells, 'faint stale smells of beer' and 'smell of steaks in passageways'.

    • Word count: 1003
  20. Poetry Essay on The Death of Marilyn Monroe

    She was apparently naked. Another example of this unusual sentence is when Morgan uses a series of one word exclamations, 'Di Maggio! Los Angeles! Miller! Los Angeles! America!' These sentences allude to people who were a part of her life, her ex- husbands, and the poet thinks they could be responsible for Marilyn Monroe's death. He uses the exclamation marks to express his anger at the loss of Marilyn Munroe and it is almost as if he is accusing these people of blame in her death.

    • Word count: 1120
  21. Horses by Edwin Muir

    He thinks that he has returned to when he was a small boy by saying (Perhaps some childish hour has come again.) In the next Stanza he says when he would watch these horses they moved very slow with the plough behind them the quote for this is (Their hooves like pistons in an ancient mill.) Also another quote, which goes with this, is (Moves up and down yet seems standing still.) When you look at pistons all that they do is go up and down very fast but never look like they are moving forward just up and down just like the horses he saw.

    • Word count: 1100
  22. Sheenagh Pugh gives us a very depressing view of the future in her trilogy of poems known as the Earth Studies.

    This poem tells the story of human survivors leaving Earth because they destroyed it. The poems title refers to the parable of Esau, who swapped his inheritance for a bowel of potage. This is suggesting that humans made a bad barging as Esau did. My first example of Sheenagh Pugh creating good atmosphere from 'The Craft I left in was called Esau' is lines 10-11 when she says 'No bother, No big deal. I can' t recall feeling sad' I think this creates good atmosphere because it seems to be said very hollowly, conveying a large sense of falseness among the readers, it is as if the writer is saying something to try and hide emotion, which tells me that the writer really means the opposite.

    • Word count: 1158
  23. Abel Meeropols Strange Fruit uses an extended metaphor of fruit representing lynched African Americans

    The sibilance of ‘pastoral scene’ and long vowel sounds of ‘gallant south’ auditorily create a continuous tone, a lingering effect, structuring moods of sorrow for readers, reinforcing Meeropol’s idea that conflict is an ongoing condition, and we too experience this. Meeropol’s disturbing imagery of lynched victims in, “Here is fruit for the crows to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck” and “For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop” employs cacophony and understatement to emphasise the frequent horror of lynching.

    • Word count: 1164
  24. Analysis of "The Mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks

    But despite her lifestyle, these babies she loved and cherished with all her heart. The poem quite clearly shows the repentance, ?The Mother? is feeling, maybe now she is older, wiser or even alone. The words are sensed with such desire, with the first and second line of the poem, she is revealing how hysterical she is at aborting her babies. But it shows too how unconditionally she loved them, how much she dreamed of giving them a normal cherished life. It?s plain to see ?The Mother? chose to abort more than once, maybe several as she refers to (children)

    • Word count: 1872
  25. Explore how the poet presents his thoughts and feelings about what is happening in the world around him in One World Down the Drain

    The poem opens with the casual statement: ?It?s goodbye half of Egypt, The Maldives take a dive, And not much more of Bangladesh, Looks likely to survive.?, Demonstrating the use of blithe statements where the poet chooses to use a casual tone in order to draw the reader in, presenting the opening stanza with a similar tone to a song in order to create a positive effect on the reader and encourage them to think about the statements. The locations mentioned have been selected by the poet due to the fact that currently they are the most risk from the

    • Word count: 1242

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