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    "Ambulances" by Philip Larkin.

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    The idea that death comes to us all is suggested by "All streets in time are visited". The word "All" emphasises the fact that everyone dies, and the word "time" indicates that it is just a matter of time. I think that Larkin wanted to portray the idea that everyone will make their journey in an ambulance at some point. The ambulance is only symbolic for the doorway to death. At the beginning of the stanza the ambulances are described as "closed like confessionals," this sets the feeling inside the ambulance of confined, secretive and private. This setting is a way of conveying the lonely separation of death and may have a religious meaning.

    • Word count: 1091
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    Poetry Comparison - "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" and "Futility".

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    "Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward," This gives the impression of the whole brigade obeying a command to charge rather than concentrating on the individual efforts of a soldier. The rhyme scheme in "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" varies with each stanza, as does the number of lines. Tennyson occasionally uses the same word and the same rhyme for several consecutive lines. "Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's not to do and die:" This rhyming triplet shows the use of anaphora which is also used in the next stanza: "Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them."

    • Word count: 1012
  3. Both 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' portray Owen's bitter angst towards the war, but do so in different ways.

    Not only are their lives wasted, gone without the holy rite of a funeral, but the lives of their loved ones at home are also ruined. The title itself gives us idea of how young the soldiers are and the word doomed when used with youth gives a very negative image to the readers. The opening line "what passing bells for these who die as cattle". The poet compares the soldiers to the cattle who die insignificantly are not even given a proper burial which is shown by what passing bells.

    • Word count: 1264
  4. From the quiet heroic patriotism seen in Rupert Brookes the Soldier, the tragedy and horror seen in Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est, to Siegfried Sassoons Suicide in the Trenches, war poetry captures a vast array of different subjects regardin

    These words all have positive connotations, erasing the initial inference of death in the first stanza. Brooke seamlessly insinuates the glory and patriotism in dying for England, his country of birth. A contrast can be seen in Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est, which was written several years after the publication of the Soldier. Dulce et Decorum Est depicts the gruesome death of a friend and fellow comrade during a gas attack. It has a sad and morose quality to the words with irony in the last stanza, and brings attention to the horrible reality of war through the unheroic death of a friend - blatantly contrasting the death in Brooke's poem.

    • Word count: 1472
  5. Comparison of Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brookes Peace

    The drowning man then proceeds to throw himself at Owen "guttering, choking, drowning". In the first stanza, owen is describing how the soldiers are feeling. He uses rhyme, for example "Sludge/Trudge" and "Boots/Hoots". Owen also uses a number of similes, for example "Coughing like hags" is a simile which is in the first stanza. I think by that Owen was trying to say that there were many ill soldiers, and they still had to go on. There is also a metaphor in this stanza, "Men marched asleep", this is a strong and effective phrase.

    • Word count: 1022
  6. How do two of the poems show how the poets were trying to enlighten the British people about the realities of war? I feel that the two poems, Recruiting and The Target enlighten the British people different ways, but both very effective and emotional.

    Emotional impact for the soldiers could be making life and death decisions. These decisions could make the soldiers worry that they may have made the wrong decision and then never forget it, when it comes to understanding why we are at war and why it always turns to violence. Questions like this will be repeatedly heard in these soldiers' minds and it will be hard to figure out some statements they may come across. "I shot him, and it had to be." This conveys that the writer is trying to make justification to himself.

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  7. This essay is based on two poems which were written in the First World War. One poem was written by Rupert Brookes which is The Dead and the other was written by Wilfred Owenss which is Dulce ET Decorum Est.

    The two poets clash and show us two different attitudes toward war, and also toward dying for ones country. Both poets use strong similes and metaphors to prove their points about the war. Firstly in Rupert Brooke poem he says, ''but dying has made us rarer gifts then gold'' Here he has used a strong simile because the soldiers are not literally gold. This quote also shows that they are lucky to be in the war, which gives them the chance to die for their country.

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  8. Comparing "Dulce et Decorum est" and "Fall in". Fall in is effective by persuading men to join the army. However the second poem is effective by talking about the horrific events in the war. Both of the poems are inducing guilt.

    However, in the other poem the message is how terrible it is to have a soldier die in front of your eyes under clouds of mustered gas. "Fall in" is saying go to war be brave and fight for your country. The reference to " a girl who cuts you dead?" suggests that if they don't go to war no woman would want to be seen with them or talk to them because they were afraid to fight for their country.

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  9. Dolce et Decorum est

    Another device used is Alliteration. An example of this is 'Came clamouring.' This is used to create a fast up beat tempo with in the piece. This is desired to be done as the poem is about a battle going on which requires an up beat pace to have the best impact on the reader. It is also used because it helps emphasize the theme of movement as it creates the fast pace which enhances the theme of movement. Exclamation marks are also used in the poem.

    • Word count: 1473
  10. How do the poets convey the human costs of war in Dulce et Decorum Est and Refugee Blues

    This causes the reader to feel like they are more in the scene and it feels more emphatic. By using the imperfect continuous it feels as if the dream is being relived over and over again which is also mentioned in the poem itself 'in all my dreams', this is relevant because it shows that the war is almost everlasting. Owen also uses imagery such as 'deaf ' and 'blind' showing that the costs of war are that people have lost their senses literally and their own minds because they are 'blind' from propaganda.

    • Word count: 1061
  11. Comparison between Break of day in the trenches and Dulce et Decorum est

    On the opening stanza of "Break of day in the Trenches", it describes the breaking of a day as the "darkness crumbles away". It was still the same "old druid" time like always. Isaac described wryly about the war and how a "q***r sardonic rat" leaps from his hand. He thought about how this rat might go on and touch a German's hand with "cosmopolitan sympathies", how during the war people fight against each other and only if a German had known that the rat had touched an English hand, they would have shot it.

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  12. What attitudes do these poets convey towards War and Death

    However, she did not acknowledge death as a possibility to keep her poems upbeat. "Who knows it wont be a picnic - not much- Yet eagerly shoulders a gun? Who would much rather come back with a crutch Than lie low an be out of the fun?" In this extract, we see that Pope conveys war as a 'fun' thing to partake in that should be enjoyed with friends and done 'eagerly', but also notes that injuries could occur. However, she does not once in this extract, or indeed this poem, mention death. The closest that Pope gets to seriously considering injury is by mentioning the possibility of 'com[ing] back with a crutch'.

    • Word count: 1708
  13. Teachings of WWI through poems

    I will compare poems from different poets and explain each of their views on war. I have chosen three poems. The first poem I have chosen is by Wilfred Owen, an important war poet who was a soldier himself. It is titled 'Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori' which translates as 'it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for one's own country'. This is incredibly ironic as the subject matter of the poem greatly contradicts this statement. Owen writes about the conditions in the trenches and the effects on the minds of soldiers.

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  14. Charge of the Light Brigade

    In the first two lines Tennyson immediately gives us a feel of the atmosphere. "Half a league, half a league, half a league onward". Tennyson employed iambic tetrameter to allow the reader to imagine the horses galloping. In musical terms this is known as common time or 4/4; a marching beat is in 2/4 however since Tennyson was describing a gallop, this is changed to double time (4/4). This technique is used in all most all marching beats even today. Tennyson goes on telling the reader how many men died in the battle. "Rode the six hundred".

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  15. WW1 Poetry Five Senses

    These lines clearly give a bitter image of young soldiers seemingly being reduced to old, sickly people, emphasized by the similes comparing them to "old beggars" and "hags", and the onomatopoeic alliteration in "knock-kneed" to describe the 'knocking' sounds produced by the soldiers' stiff joints. The soldiers don't just look old, they sound old. The men were "drunk with fatigue"; this tells of the exhaustion of the men, and gives an image of them trudging on unsteadily, unaware of their surroundings, as if they were drunk.

    • Word count: 1426
  16. 5 Ways to Kill Man - Analysis

    All you then require is an ocean to separate you, two systems of government, a nation's scientists, several factories, a psychopath and land that no-one needs for several years. These are, as I began, cumbersome ways to kill a man. Simpler, direct, and much more neat is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle of the twentieth century, and leave him there. Edwin Brock's 'Five Ways to Kill a Man' is a satirical poem that questions the human attitude of brutally killing other people to satisfy one's greed.

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  17. Light Brigade Essay

    Also Tennyson talks about groups of soldiers but no individual experiences: "Rode the six hundred" suggests that by talking about lots of people he doesn't have to talk about all of their emotions. Tennyson uses emotive and patriotic images by describing the soldiers as fearless: They are fearless as they ("ride into the valley of death," "For the light Brigade!") This suggests that the Light Brigade was fearless and commanding going into the valley of death where the light brigade might meet their death.

    • Word count: 1538
  18. Perhaps- by Vera Brittain and Spring in War-Time by Edith Nesbit

    This explains that life is re-established to the world and it still goes on without her because she never recovers. Vera Brittain approaches this poem with an excellent attitude because she does not seem to condemn the government, the generals or the patriotism. She gives the impression that she is on the apex that she is over the loss of her fianc� but remains in desolate and grief. "Again, because my heart for loss of You was broken, long ago."

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  19. Commentary of a passage from John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins

    But the opening sentence seems to demonstrate the opposite: "The air smelled like diamonds". Diamonds are usually not related to catastrophe, but more to richness, presents. Nevertheless, all the elements on the beach represent a danger for the girls. The wall is used as a metaphor for the waves, which is created around them by the tide digging into the sand. The waves have also erse their memory: "had collapsed on their memory". The coral which is a beautiful aquatic element, as turn into a razor to shaved their knees. The sand has overlapped them, from their feet to their mouth; "but he tongue was covered with sand".

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  20. All great poems are about death

    The poem Remember conveys a sense of how death is an eternal and beautiful thing by using metaphors and euphemism. Consider the opening two lines of the sonnet "Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land". The phrase "silent land" can appear to be a cemetery or an individual grave. It could also be seen as a metaphor which suggests calm after life. Also the phrase "gone away" uses euphemism which makes death seems less harsh and unwelcome.

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  21. comparing war poems

    The word "blood shod" also shows how the troops have been on their feet for days, not having much time to rest. This is an effective metaphor of suffering. Wilfred Owen's poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' tells us the true insanity of the First World War and how b****y it was. The aim of the poem is to also show how horrific war is. Owen does this by creating images, which create an ugly image of war. The dying soldier's eyes are described as "writhing in his face".

    • Word count: 1040
  22. In this poetry comparison, I am going to be comparing two poems the first being Remember by Christina Rosseti in 1862. The second poem is On My First Son by Ben Johnson this was written in 1603

    This is saying have I loved my son too much. Throughout the poem Ben Jonson asks more rhetorical questions such as "To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage, and, if no other misery. Yet age?" This is saying why was he taken from the world at such a young age. Ben Johnson is doing this to keep the audience asking question why does he blame himself for his sons death, for which he tries to prove to the reader that it was his fault, later on in the poem "Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay."

    • Word count: 1909
  23. Comparing Dulce Et Decorum Est And No More Hiroshimas

    In other words, James is calling the people of Japan martyrs. Wilfred Owen uses many images to portray many aspects about the chaos and danger of the war. An example of this is when he uses the phrase "till on the haunting flares we turned our backs." He uses this to imply that rockets which were sent up to burn with a brilliant glare, were actually in order to light up men and other targets in the area between the front lines. In order to show how tired the soldiers were, he says that the soldiers "began to trudge" towards their "distant rest."

    • Word count: 1229
  24. Explore the way Wilfred Owen and Sebastian Faulks present the physical and mental suffering of soldiers in the First World War

    Owen also talks about the effects of 'shelling' in his poetry. We can see an example of this in 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' when Owen talks about an attack; stating; "Deaf even to the hoots, of gas-shells dropping softly behind" Owens' use of the word 'deaf' brings a sense of irony to his writing. It shows that the incessant shelling has destroyed them emotionally and physically as if there exposure to war has dulled their senses. Both writers present fatigue in their works. The character Jack Firebrace is marching: "Twice he jerked awake, realizing he had been walking in his sleep".

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  25. Describe and explain the main evidence given by a believer to prove that there is life after death.

    However there is another idea that many people accept, dualists believe in the immortality of the soul. The body decays but the soul continues after death. The foundation of this view is maintained by Ren� Descartes. He explained that each person exists in two separate distinct parts, the body and the soul. And when we die physically the soul lives on, separate form the body. There are several ways in which near death experience for life after death is believed to have been found; starting with near death experience. More people have been declared clinically 'dead' subsequently being resurrected due to advances in modern technology.

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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?
  • To what extent can a near death experience be considered a religious experience?

    "In conclusion, to a large extent a near death experiences can be considered as a religious experience. This is because both experiences can be perceived as supernatural; they can be described as mental events and are spontaneous. Recipients of religious and near death experiences usually say what has happened to them has 'drawn them deeper' into knowledge of awareness of God. This clearly shows the similarities between both types of experiences. Moreover, to a small extent, there is no proof of a near death experience, it is the way the experience is interpreted or it could just be an individual's blick, the way they look at the world and interpret it. It is subjective rather than objective."

  • To some poets death is the beginning of life, but to others death is finality. Discuss these aspects with close reference to the work of two or more poets.

    "In conclusion I believe that that all four poets have there own way of writing about weather they believe that death is a finality or the beginning of a new life. The poets may have their reasons for believing in what they did and perhaps this is the way they thought of life the beginning or the end. I disagree with both James Shirley and Francis Beaumont as I believe that death is not a finality and that we can have an after life. I agree with Dylan Thomas as I believe that no matter how high or low our cast we will die and become the same and it is up to the soul to carry on and make the next person a better person, and this means that I disagree with the fact that if you are lower casted you will not go to heaven because I believe that you can improve in your next life and that is the reason for the next life; so you can improve on the mistakes you made in the previous life. 3"

  • Compare and contrast the poetic of death and 'seizing the day.' 'Death the leveller' by James Shirley and 'to the virgins, make much of time' by Robert Herrick.

    "In summary of these two poems, I have come to the conclusion that 'death the leveller' uses more powerful verbs and stronger imagery of a battle with death while the 'to the virgins' poem gives an idea of living life to the full while you can and don't wait long or your time mat run out and you may regret it."

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