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  1. In the poem Ballad of Birmingham written in 1969, Dudley Randall chooses to tell the story of the war in Birmingham, Alabama

    more committed to their countries than the adults as the mother forbids her to go whilst the young child tells her mother that she won?t be alone as ?other children will go with me?. It is somehow ironic that a young child would be more concerned of the freedom of her country than her mother, an adult. It is even more surprising that children would be going to the freedom march ?to make our [their] country free? and the adults don?t.

    • Word count: 1045
  2. Explore How Theodore Roethke Presents the Power of the Storm. Use evidence from the poem to explore your answer.

    The image presented at the end of the stanza is stark and uses the technique of sibilance, possibly imitating the sound of the wind in the storm; And the small street-lamp swinging and slamming against the lamp pole.' the first stanza of the poem sets the scene for the chaos to follow. In the second stanza, the tension is built further by the poet by immediately asking a question; 'Where have the people gone?' This question adds to the danger and suspense already built by the first stanza and adds a sense of fear and solitude.

    • Word count: 978
  3. Summary of article by Liz Brent on "maggie and milly and molly and may" by e.e. cummings.

    The alliteration not only creates a ?lyrical, singsong tone, reminiscent of a nursery rhyme,? but helps the reader picture the four girls ?skipping joyfully down to the beach to play? (Brent). The lack of capitalization of the four girls makes the mind believe the poem is the writing style of a young child because ?the lack of sophistication may lead her to forgo capitalization of her own name? (Brent). The word ?beach? being jammed next to the open parenthesis without a space implies the eagerness of the children to reach the beach ?that they are nearly tripping over their own feet in their hurry to arrive? (Brent).

    • Word count: 853
  4. Commentary on "Harmonium" by Simon Armitage

    Armitage the contrasts this positive statement by saying it had ?aged? the harmoniums case and ?yellowed the fingernails of its keys?. I the last few lines Armitage tells us how the harmonium is played by telling us the organist plays it by continuously pedalling the pedals. In the 3rd stanza the poet talks about the age of the organ and how he and his father had sung there and were good singers. The 4th stanza is the most powerful one as he talks about his father coming to help pick up the harmonium and his father jokes saying that one day he will ?shoulder? his father?s ?dead weight meaning his coffin when he dies.

    • Word count: 862
  5. Glasgow 5th March 1971 by Edwin Morgan is a modern Scottish poem about a couple being attacked and being pushed through a shop window

    This poem is supposed to be a ?Snap Shot? of an event from a particular event in time. ? This poem is supposed to be a ? Snap Shot? of Glasgow, if this quote was correct then it would make out that Glasgow would not really like to live in a place like that. I think Edwin Morgan has written this poem with no emoticons what so ever and has decided only to write about what is happening. I think he has put no emoticons into his poem as he wants the poem to come across more like a new paper or a newspaper report rather than a poem.

    • Word count: 845
  6. If by Rudyard Kipling. What relationship can you draw between the themes and ideas of the poem and its form/ structure

    The more you decode one, the better you understand the other. ?If?is a poem of 4 stanzas made up of 8 lines respectively. I think Kipling made the poem organised by arranging it into accurate parts to express becoming a man as a stage when your filthy habits are discarded and replaced with the habit of being prim and proper. The general shape of the poem is very uneven; lengths of lines vary from line to line. I believe this was done to show that life is not a straight road, there will be bends but you will surely get where you are going.

    • Word count: 790
  7. In The Planners the relation to nature is shown through, the non-presence of nature itself.

    This is forceful, as it shows us how they have the power to shape and modify a city any way they want, as well as the fervent influence of logic, and lack of creativity in their work. The dominance of the Planners is further enhanced through their manipulation of nature, so much that ?even the sea draws back? and ?the skies surrender?; personification of nature giving in and bending down under the weight of the Planners.

    • Word count: 456
  8. If by Rudyard Kipling analysis

    These slowly build up in the course of the poem to reveal only in the concluding line the main reward for doing so, that is, as a symbol of having reached manhood. The alternate rhyme scheme maintains the momentum of the counsel and since this lengthy poem appears to be merely one sentence long, this implies the spiritual and mental journey to manhood is a long, complicated and challenging one.

    • Word count: 498
  9. Analysis of the poem Belfast Confetti

    lives due to the terrorist assault, i think a great deal of impotence must be surrounding these people because they have no reason or fault to be caught in the middle of this h**l hole surrounded by arm personnel, tanks and military objects with no escape. The structure of this poem is irregular and presented in a unusual fashion. In the poem its structure is presented in one long line and then a couple of words in the next sentence and carries on like that throughout the poem ?trying to finish a sentence?, this reflects in the chaotic state that the streets of Belfast find itself in.

    • Word count: 558
  10. The poem Where I Come From by Elizabeth Brewster talks about how a persons birthplace affects their character.

    Some people?s actions reflect their birthplace. The phrase ?sea-gazers? gives a calming effect of the sea. The calm and patience possessed by the people living near the sea. The word ?tropic? is used as an adjective, it creates harmony. The different regions that the poet has portrayed convey diversity. The next line, ?Atmosphere of cities how different drops from them.?, the author is talking about how differently the city life affects the people that live there, and how atmospherically city life changes greatly. The poet has used alliteration, which creates a harsh sound, which contrasts the calming effect given earlier.

    • Word count: 1206
  11. Thesis Robert Gray represents human nature as inherently destructive throughout his poems, in order to warn us of the potential damage

    Thus when used together create the idea of all-consuming disconnection between the persona and his father. (Can talk about the use of punctuation. Full stop creates finality.) Paragraph 2 Gray contrasts the elements of nature with human nature in order to show humanity?s intrinsic destructive nature. This juxtaposition reveals the idea of nature destructing for replenishment, whereas humanity destructs subconsciously for satisfaction and self-fulfillment. Consequently the issue highlighted is that of human nature not allowing for complete satisfaction, resulting in a cycle of destruction for both the individual and the environment.

    • Word count: 978
  12. How is Boey Kim Cheng's anxiousness for the environment shown in 'Report to Wordsworth'

    It is possible that he is saying that he wants Wordsworth there with him, probably to help attempt to save the environment, or he is saying that us humans need to be with him, to enable us to understand further the effects of our actions and how we need to change. Either way, he is implying that there is a need for change. Cheng then uses literary devices, such as personification like, ?she has been laid waste,? in reference to nature, which is used early in the poem, increases the reader?s sympathy for nature.

    • Word count: 460
  13. Analysis of "The city planners" by Margaret Atwood

    ?assert levelness of surface like a rebuke to the dent in our car door.? With this quotation the narrator even says that the dent in her car door makes her feel bad and how it seems to be out of place as everything in suburbia is flawless. In the next line she continues to describe the city ?No shouting here, or shatter of glass?. And in the lines 11-12 she says ?nothing more abrupt than the rational whine of the power mower cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass.? which tells us that the only noise is the sound of a power mower and that even the strip of grass cutted is neat and perfectly straight.

    • Word count: 1070
  14. Commentary on "Slow reader" by Vicki Feaver

    In the first stanza alliteration is used to emphasise key points: ?sighing and shaking his head like an old man?. The words ?shaking his head like an old man? tell us that even though he is young, his actions seem like that of an old man. This creates pathos for the reader as it implies that the boy is finding it difficult to read.

    • Word count: 413
  15. Song of the Battery Hen. How has the poet portrayed what life is like in the battery farm?

    The hens are even sheltered from the rain, thus providing comfort. There is also a fan and fluorescent lighting to ?disperse the smell of chickenshit? and to light up the place ?on dull days?. This shows that the farmer had kept into consideration the comfort of the hens. He made sure that the floor is hygienic; the hens are sheltered from the rain; the smell and lighting of the place. With such ideal conditions, life is comfortable for the hens and this may in turn help them to serve their purpose as egg-laying hens.

    • Word count: 415
  16. Analysis on the poem "For Heidi with Blue Hair"

    Furthermore, when her dad called the school, he said that "she discussed it [her dyeing her hair] with me first- we checked the rules." It seemed to me that she checked the school rules for loop holes in them before attempting to rebel, so the school could not do anything to her, and even discussed the matter with her parent, so the school could not say that she had done so without having parents' consent. Also in the third last stanza, she told her dad that "it cost twenty-five dollars.

    • Word count: 1296
  17. Analysis of "End of shift" by Desmond Sim.

    However, this does not mean the day itself but rather his 'shift' as his 'day' primarily consists of his shift at work. This statement sets the tone of resentment to the poem which is carried throughout the entire poem. Thus the poet effectively evokes this feeling of exhaustion immediately at the beginning of the poem as the blatant and straightforward statement implies that the persona is too tired to beat around the bush but instead, cuts to the chase about how he is feeling.

    • Word count: 911
  18. Commentary on the poem "Slow Reader" by Vicki Feaver

    Throughout the description about her son?s behavior in reading, she conveys to us her frustrated feelings when her son doesn?t have any interest in reading. Firstly, the contrast in 2 aspects which exist inside her son is clearly shown by the first stanza. In 4 first lines of the first stanza, the poet asserts that her smart son can do many things that many other kids can?t do: ?make sculptures?, ?fabulous machines?, ?solemn advice?? The images of a smart and sensible boy is painted beautifully under poet?s pen; only mother who are supremely proud of her son can makes this masterpiece.

    • Word count: 820
  19. Poem Analysis: "Childhood " by Frances Cornford

    His inexperience on the world is reassured when it says ?on purpose to be grand?. We can see the variation of the lines which shows that the writer did this with the sole purpose to show that it was a child which was writing, this then changes after the narrator has its epiphany which reveals a more mature and complex nature of the narrator. This is also seen in the tone which is at first childish and then changes to a more mature and complex one.

    • Word count: 903
  20. Glasgow 5 March 1971 by Edwin Morgan is a poem which depicts a violent incident.

    The poem begins with a striking metaphor to describe the ?ragged diamond of shattered plate-glass?. The broken glass is being compared to a diamond to help us picture the sharp, glinting edges of the window. This immediately shows how violent the incident is. He goes on to describe the man?s face as ?bristling with fragments of glass?. This metaphor compared the numerous shards of glass on his face to a beard. This again highlights the pain and damage caused to the innocent ?young man?. The serious nature of the injuries is also conveyed by the words ?spurts of arterial blood? which creates the image of blood gushing out of the girl.

    • Word count: 739
  21. Explore the way Frost presents his thoughts and feelings in Out, Out-

    Both images that are used by Frost are powerful images of the boy bleeding to death and of the hand severed by the saw. Frost uses these vivid images to create a sense of sympathy for the boy by emphasizing the situation he is in. The vividness in ?the hand was gone already? describes the seriousness of the accident. He says this to convey a sense of solicitude and compassion towards the boy by outlining the severity of the accident.

    • Word count: 1039
  22. Mark O'Connor, a famous Australian poet is well known for his strong use of imagery and for drawing in his audience with his use of imagery techniques.

    In this particular poem, O?Connor describes the movement of the terns during mating season, as they put on an impressive demonstration. Here, O?Connor describes two individuals as they gradually begin to develop into one pair. As the poem continues on, their actions are shown as immediate or simultaneous, this is shown through the use of repetition, ?wingbeats that answer so swiftly none knows which struck first, which called and which answered?. The Pairing of Terns is a love poem; it is seen as a comparison to what humans feel when they are in love: "...Humans lovers only know it in their dreams".

    • Word count: 994
  23. Analysis of 'Stop All The Clocks' by W. H. Auden

    H. Auden represents loss in an extremely passionate way through empathy in this poem. In ?Stop all the clocks?, the poet, W.H. Auden utilises a wide range of techniques to convey the sense of loss and other emotions associated with death, including overwhelming grief and unrelenting pessimism. The first line and title demonstrate the extreme grief of the poet by commanding the reader to do something which is impossible, ?Stop all the clocks?. The allusion to time, which is a universal concept, could reflect how dramatic the impact of the death of this person is, and how in the poet?s view; the whole universe should stop and be affected by it.

    • Word count: 1901
  24. John Foulcher's "For the fire" and "Martin and the hand grenade" analysis.

    In his poem ?Martin and the Hand Grenade.? The main theme conveyed in this poem is relationship and violence. Foulcher explores the ideas of the difference between adults and children in their interpretation of warfare. The poems ?Martin and the Hand Grenade ?is based on a personal experience that Foulcher had had while teaching at a boys school in one of his history lessons. This poem portrays the idea that adults and children have a different view of war and violence. Foulcher uses a number of techniques to create a vivid image of the incident in our minds and allows us to picture ourselves observing the same thing that Foulcher describes that is happening in the classroom.

    • Word count: 815
  25. Stop All the Clocks - How are Auden's feelings communicated through imagery in this poem?

    However, Auden originally wrote the poem as a comic parody about the death of a politician in a play, when the first line was meant to show a dramatic and ironic overreaction. He then adapted it to be set to music by Benjamin Britten for a soprano to sing as a cabaret piece. It shows what a great poet Auden was that he could write so movingly even when he was not responding to any terrible loss himself. It is easy to see how the exaggerated imagery he used could have been part of a satire, but he also used the same imagery very effectively in a deeply felt and serious poem.

    • Word count: 1028

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