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  1. The changing tradition of war poetry

    They became very against it and didn't think anyone should go through it when it ended. Therefore, the poems written reflected the changing traditions of war. The overall recruitment message at the start of war was you must go and fight for your country or you were labelled as a coward and your country would be ashamed of you. This encourages them to go as they wanted to be brave and become a hero. "Who's for the game?" is a recruiting poem persuading people to join the army. It was written at the start of World War 1 and was compared to a game which was full of fun and adventure.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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".

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  6. 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."

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  7. 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."

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Poetry comparision-charge light brigade and anthem for doomed yuoth

    Alfred, lord Tennyson's narrative is very descriptive within it's depth. As the poet was not at the scene of the war, he is telling a story. The poems plot is about six hundred, noble soldiers at war fighting, making their country proud. Nevertheless, Wilfred Owen's sonnet is the complete reverse as he opposes to that and portrays that fighting for your country can be a nasty and horrific thing. Anthem For Doomed Youth has a regular rhyme scheme. As most sonnets occur in love poems, Wilfred Owen's poem has a theme on war and killing.

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  11. Comparitive ideas in poetry

    'dog barking' and the 'aeroplanes' to the stars moon and sun showing the intensely personal subject and extent that his world has been affected. Every aspect of the poem is a reflection of his grief from the very structure of the poem which amplifies the subject matter, to the rhyme and rhythm of the poem. He uses a half rhyme that is appropriately discordant and jarring to emphasise the loss, but he also allows rhythm and perfect rhyme to contrast in the fourth stanza, which is the lyric high point of the poem.

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  12. The Duel

    His eyes are boring into me, like daggers. Just when I thought I would have to look away from his penetrating glare, his eyes swiveled to the right and the glare changes to a look of excitement and a smile appears on his cruel, thin lips. I turn to see what he was looking at, and my heart sunk to the deepest pit of h**l. There stood my brother. Every inch of my mind is screaming at me to refuse to fight but this was a fight to the death, which meant if I refused to fight then my brother would have to kill me anyway.

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  13. Describe the conditions experienced by British soldiers on the Western Front in the years 1915-1917. (450 words max, 15 marks)

    These terrible situations led to many having delusional symptoms and paranoia, along with what doctors called "Trench fever". Another abysmal experience for the Soldiers was a condition named "Trench foot", where after days spent constantly standing in knee-deep, dirty water the feet started to "swell up to two or three times their size". After weeks of agony, many who suffered from this would have to have their legs or feet amputated. Other conditions or illnesses included "shell shock", a terrible one in which the patient suffered from varied symptoms, including "unrelenting anxiety, hysterical ticks, nightmares, shaking or gazing with a vacant expression".

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  14. To some poets, war seems a glorious adventure, to others it is merely brutal destruction. Compare the ways Brooke & Rosenberg explore the glory or futility of war.

    Instead, the octave and sestet both enjoin the reader to imagine the blissful state of the fallen soldier. The alliteration within the title 'Dead Man's Dump' sets the poem with an abrupt and blunt tone and creates vivid images of a heap of dead bodies whilst implying the message that because they are no longer living they are waste. It is obvious from the start that Rosenberg feels that, in fact, those lives lost were a waste and views the war more similar to 'brutal destruction' than a 'glorious adventure'.

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    Yet, when the carriage comes to the grave-"A Swelling of the Ground-" entrance is not made: "we paused before a House" merely (emphasis added). So that the "Immorality achieve at the very beginning remains unthreatened even as death is sensibly confronted. And when the retrospective voice comes back after centuries, the poem only returns to its first accomplished vision of the nonreality of death in an unbroken moment of consciousness: Since then-'tis Centuries-and yet Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses' Heads Were toward Eternity.

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  16. 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 'death the leveller' in contrast to the 'to the virgins' poem there is a lot more powerful verbs used such as 'murmuring, crooked, stoop, creep, shadows, mighty, tumble, pale, glories and kill. In the 'to the virgins' poem, verbs used are blossom, sweet, reap, spent and boast. So in contrast there are more powerful verbs used in 'death the leveller.' There are metaphors in both poems especially in the 'to the virgins' poem as on the very first line 'gather ye rosebuds while ye may,' the word 'rosebuds' is a metaphor and this metaphor is drafted throughout the poem.

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  17. Analyzing the poem: Mid-term Break

    This poem captures a boy's unfolding consciousness of death by recounting the facts of his experience of being kept in the sick bay until his neighbours go fetch him, his father crying, the awkward behavior of the old men, and the "poppy bruise" on the corpse's holy place. In the end he expresses death's finality: "A four foot box, a foot for every year."

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  18. In Gwen Harwood's poetry, the changes in an individual's perspective and attitudes towards situations, surroundings and, therefore transformations in themselves, are brought on by external influences

    Every time she attempted publishing her poetry most of them were rejected due to the marginalization of women at the time. This is where she began using pseudonyms such as Walter Lehmann and Miriam Stone. In 1945 she married linguist William Bill Harwood, and moved to Tasmania. She was awarded with prizes such as Robert Frost and Patrick White in 1977, Victorian Premiers Literary Prize in 1989 and many more. The Harwood family had moved to five different houses, and these all provided settings for her poems.

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  19. The Farming Of Bones

    Amabelle challenges that notion to prove that anyone's life can be preserved even through death. Throughout the novel, there are moments where the reader gets a deeper understanding of those whom have passed away through Amabelle's descriptions and memories. Danticat showcases many characters that seem unimportant but are deeply significant in keeping Haitan history alive after death. One such character is Joel. Joel was a sugarcane worker that worked alongside Amabelle's lover Sebastien. His death was caused by Senor Pico, a famous and wealthy Dominican in the Dominican Republic.

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  20. 'The Woman at the Washington Zoo'

    Another case of the woman distancing herself would be the print of their clothing. If we would make the connection of the print and pattern of the "saris" (L 1) and the print on the leopard, an exotic colorful pattern, this is of contrast to the womans "print" (L 5) which is described by as "dull null navy" (L 6-7). I believe she feels her life is only going around in circles, a life of repetition, where she is not going anywhere.

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  21. Views of Death in the poetry of John Donne

    His contradictory behavior is demonstrated by a fear of death, sometimes expressed in his search for ways in which he could triumph over it instead of becoming its victim, which fueled his interest in the practice of suicide. One of the Holy Sonnets, Death Be Not Proud, presents the contradictory views of Donne. The opening lines, "Death be not proud, though some have called thee/Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so" demonstrate his own uncertainty on the issue, since that "some" he mentions includes him at times.

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  22. In what ways, are relationships distorted in T.S. Eliot poems?T.S. Eliot was an intellectual of the modernist movement of the 20th century. In the

    A place where there are so many, that they are mingled in a "sea of people". A place where there's no time for inter and intrapersonal relations. We can see this kind of though inflicted in Eliots poetry for example, when he says, "Stetson! You who were with me in the ships in Mylae! That corpse you planted last year in you graden" With that repetition of unreal city in The Wasteland, in The Burial of the Dead, The Fire sermon and naming ancient cities in What the Thunder Said; "Jerusalem Athens Alexandria Vienna London unreal" we can see no separations amongst cities.

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  23. An Occurrence at Own Creek Bridge

    The thoughts of his family are what keeps him alive and going. Throughout the story, Bierce tricks the reader into building up hope for Farquhar by allowing the character's imagination to be engulfed by his surroundings. Even the reader is placed into the similar situation that Farquhar is in, that of not knowing the difference between fantasy and reality. The theme of an endless attempt to escape time is shown by Bierce's description of the setting, symbolism held within the actual hanging of Farquhar, and the tone; these, all allow him to show how time will always win against a dream world - and how the only way out is through death.

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  24. The ballad Sir Patrick Spens follows the traditional criterion of a ballad, as it is a narrative poem. This is evident to the reader,

    In this use of dialogue, the King has asked a question. The answer to the question asked is given in stanza two, with the introduction of a new character the "eldern knicht". As explained above the question answer dialogue is common to a majority of ballads. The Ballad Sir Patrick Spens is written in typical ballad meter, which is basically alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, with the last words of the second and fourth lines rhyming. Usually composed in quatrains with alternating four-stress and three stress lines, with second and fourth line rhyming (a4b3c4b3).

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