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    "Ambulances" by Philip Larkin.

    5 star(s)

    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".

    4 star(s)

    "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
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    Out, out..." by Robert Frost.

    4 star(s)

    The poet characterises the boy to emphasise the circumstances leading to the boy's death. The use of a narrator makes the poem more personal, almost as if the poet was there. The poet includes regular references to the boy's young age. For example: "Doing a man's work, though a child at heart" The use of the word "child" shows us just how young the boy is and how he is doing work that is better suited to a man. The boy's immediate response to the accident was one of sadness, a "rueful laugh".

    • Word count: 679
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    Comparison between John Donne and Emily Dickinson's poems: How each of them expresses himself/herself on a problematic subject such as death?

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    He was educated at oxford and Cambridge and also studied law in London. Donne had a very bright future, but his secret marriage proved disastrous in relation to the prospects he had been preparing himself for. He was a born catholic who later joined the established church. In his final years, donne's poems reflect an obsession with his own death, which came on march 31, 1631. How does John Donne see death in "Holy sonnet 10" Throughout the history of mankind, the concepts of time and death have been present in prose and poetry.

    • Word count: 2020
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    Comparing poems Exposure and Anthem for Doomed Youth

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    Both poems also have different tones when compared. The tone and mood of 'Exposure' is very sombre, and dull almost melancholic due to the weariness of the soldier's, how they stand defeated by Mother Nature. For example in the poem Owen uses the phrase 'but nothing happens' 4 times, showing the mood to be dull and weary. While the tone of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is very bitter and scornful, as it is about how underappreciated the soldiers are, and I think it reflects how he feels about war, and his warning for the future generation.

    • Word count: 620

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  • 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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