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  1. Poetry Comparision - Coming Home (by Curtis Bennet) & The Man He Killed (by Thomas Hardy)

    This characterisation is ironic as Thomas Hardy, from what we know, didn't go to war. On the other hand Curtis Bennet is a war veteran and is aware of the horrors of war. I think that it is for this reason that, although Coming Home is written by an onlooker, it has more provocative language and forces the reader to consider the deeper implications of war. This continues to show throughout the poem as the poet's thoughts become more apparent.

    • Word count: 2489
  2. 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
  3. Extended Writing on Maya Angelou(TM)s poem Caged Bird

    This sets off a feeling of freedom of the bird. Angelou then shows us that, after the burst of energy, the bird relaxes as "he floats downstream till the current ends." This reflects very positive imagery and he is not putting much energy into doing what he is doing. In the last line the bird "dares to claim the sky" give us an idea of a risk taker and the fact that he is able to take risks. This verse is free, meaning it has no rhyme and I think this relates to the freedom of the bird.

    • Word count: 990
  4. Wild Swan at Coole

    D Trimeter Unwearied still, lover by lover, A Tetrameter They paddle in the cold B Trimeter Companionable streams or climb the air; C Tetrameter Their hearts have not grown old; B Trimeter Passion or conquest, wander where they will, D Pentameter Attend upon them still. D Trimeter But now they drift on the still water, A Tetrameter Mysterious, beautiful; B Trimeter Among what rushes will they build, C Tetrameter By what lake's edge or pool B Trimeter Delight men's eyes when I awake some day D Pentameter To find they have flown away?

    • Word count: 732
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Old Woman

    Crichton Smith also uses a transferred epithet here as he refers to the plate as "mashed". By Ian Crichton Smith's use of these literary techniques, and the context in which he uses them, he successfully provokes the reader to feel strong emotions of pity for the old woman. Throughout the first verse, the reader is given information through the poet's use of imagery and word choice telling them that the woman is dying. For example: "as an old mare might droop across a fence" The poets use of the word "droop" has connotations of lifelessness and lack of energy, and the image of the fence acts as a boundary - a barrier between life and death.

    • Word count: 766
  10. 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
  11. Analysis of 'But These Things Also'

    These three lines are without punctuation; it seems for a moment free and unrestrained like the birds that he describes. At other times use of caesura, usually colons or semi-colons, create a broken up, list like effect - 'In the grass: chip of flint; and mite of chalk; and...'. These short, sharp phrases regulate the pace of the poem when set aside the lines of enjambment. The caesura of the last line emphasises the strong contrast between Winter and Spring - 'And Springs here, Winters not gone.'

    • Word count: 815
  12. Byre by Norman MacCaig

    I think MacCaig used the metaphor perfectly as it is hard to make mice sound nice. He is able to take something negative and successfully give it a powerful and positive image to make it seem beautiful and attractive. An oxymoron is also used to show the message that nature is beautiful. This oxymoron is used in "silver slaver" in the fourth verse to make the cow's slaver sound better than it really is. This is effective as it makes me think that even something that seems horrible can be beautiful.

    • Word count: 484
  13. Brooklyn Cop by Norman MacCaig

    This is an interesting phrase as we don't normally associate a gorilla being more timid than a man. This also makes us use our imagination to picture the cop. Also the phrase "thick fleshed" is a play on the clich� "thick skinned". I found that this added enjoyment to the poem as it made me think about what he was saying. "Thick fleshed" made me think of strength. Later in the poem, "This morning he said 'See you babe' to his wife" made the reader see the cop's domestic side. I liked this dialogue as it showed a more vulnerable side to the cop.

    • Word count: 608
  14. great expectations

    The impression I get of the setting is unwelcoming and desolate. He describes the marshland as a damp swamp with unfriendly plants such as stingy nettles. He also describes graveyard as a dark gloomy surrounding with little warmth and hospitality 'a man soaked in water, covered in mud.....as he seized me by the chin.' Charles Dickens describes the atmosphere as a raw afternoon with the help of the weather. He achieves this with the help of creative weather descriptions throughout the fist chapter '...which the wind was rushing.....and that small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all....' Although the scene is serious, Dickens still manages to bring humour into it.

    • Word count: 691
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Sheenagh Pugh is for me, a passionate and powerful poet; the majority of her poetry has contained the themes of the earth and how it will be ruined if we are not careful.

    is set in a classroom on a different planet evoking memories of home. In 'Do you think we'll ever see earth again, sir?' the setting is in a classroom and the teacher referring about earth. Sheenagh Pugh has set this poem in another world and in a class because she wants to show how it would make us think of home. She is uprooted from her culture or roots and she speaks 'I can't fancy a tour through the ruins of my home' which suggests that she has no intentions of seeing her old traditions and earth.

    • Word count: 845
  18. 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
  19. Kofi Awoonor's 'Sea Eats the Land at Home' is an extended metaphor for colonialism and the loss of home and identity.

    The second stanza talks about how the sea came, and destroyed the whole town, carrying away everything. The third stanza talks about how the people reacted to the sea flooding their town, the wails, and the mourning. This is a really sad topic, and there doesn't seem to be a sense of hopefulness anywhere. The title has been repeated in the first, second, and last stanza. This is because, in the third stanza, it describes the anguish of the people and their reaction. In this stanza, the people as a whole are the subject. In the first and second stanza, the subject is the sea.

    • Word count: 767
  20. 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
  21. In her poem, "Away Melancholy", how does Smith attempt to encourage her readers to feel more optimistic about life?

    This shows us how every living thing in the world has something to do and no matter how sad we feel- everything in nature will continue to happen, the way it should. The seasons will change, and the ant will carry his ‘meat’, regardless of how you feel. This encourages the reader to feel more optimistic about life, as they realize how their life and hardships are a very little and insignificant issue. Every single living thing has obstacles it will face, and each will try its best to get through it.

    • Word count: 632
  22. How does Anne Stevenson use literary devices to explore the theme of life and creation in "The Spirit Is Too Blunt an Instrument"?

    The use of the word ‘observe’ further advocates this as she is demanding the reader to look at this gorgeous and prominent feature of a baby. Secondly, describing the fingernails as ‘sharp crescents’ is another way the poet uses imagery to demonstrate the theme of creation, as the reader continues to picture the beauty of the baby. This brings about the emotion of admiration in the reader as they realize the complexity of the body and how beautiful the creation is.

    • Word count: 793
  23. How does Robert Lowell portray anguish and frustration with struggling to write in his poem Night Sweat?

    The use of the word “embalms” is quite disturbing, as it suggests that the reader feels dead or in need of preserving as the sweat encloses him in his bed. This will therefore create an image of a dead body in the reader’s mind, which brings about the emotion of frightfulness in the reader. Moreover, in this same line, the poet uses hyperbole to express his frustration towards his writer’s block.

    • Word count: 508

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