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  1. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809 and died on October 7, 1849 he was an American journalist, writer, poet and literary critic who greatly influenced not only the American culture but also literature.

    Poe began to have an obsession with death and fear after experiencing excessive amounts of deaths throughout his life. Firstly, the death of his wife, who was his cousin, drove him into horror stories, fear, murder and revenge. The surrounding deaths; his personal mistakes and his miserable life played a major role in what many would say are atrocities, his work. The theme that is mostly occurring in his poems and short stories are personal tragedies, death, love and insanity. These themes portray his dreadful life. Edgar became insane later on in life, so he got his inspiration for the theme of death and insanity, from his own mind.

    • Word count: 740
  2. Christine Rosetti. Comparing the Poets Views of Love in Sonnet 29 and Sonnet 43

    What the poet does want us to pity her for is her struggle to come to terms with the fact that she never learns from her heartbreak, and although her mind is fully aware that the man she is addressing no longer loves her - 'You no longer look with love on me. This I have known always.' - her heart refuses to stop loving him and stop entering the continuous cycle of heartbreak that traps her. Her comparison between a man's love and his desire suggests that they are the same in that they are temporary, quickly satisfied and gone.

    • Word count: 851
  3. Sonnet 43- How Do I Love Thee. This sonnet by Elizabeth Browning is an attempt to measure and quantify love.

    Further reference to infinite love is implied when she says that her 'soul can reach'. This metaphysical reference results to think that since the soul is light; it can travel rapidly and in endless directions. 'For the ends of Being' can be interpreted in two different ways. If interpreted positively it could be suggesting that love is until people die out, when 'Being' becomes extinct, where the word 'Being', since capitalized would represent human being. Which again is reference to eternity. However, if interpreted negatively, one could conclude that there is and end to it, that it is not forever, hence the word 'ends'.

    • Word count: 678
  4. How the narrator is portrayed in Christina Rossetti's Sister Maude

    She reveals it's her sister. As shown in the poem the narrator seems to hate her sister very much "who lurked with spy and peer" it's a connotations of slyness and jealous. I think it's a really evil relationship between the two sisters. Then she starts to describe the dead body of the lover "cold he lies, as cold as stone" it's a connotations of his death, it's a simile to show her comparison of his corpse to something hard and tough like ice.

    • Word count: 688
  5. Bearing in mind Frost's presentation of boundaries in Mending Wall consider the ways in which this poem relates to the methods and concerns of other poems in the collection.

    This suggests the speaker thinks boundaries break a relationship as it separates people and keeps them further apart. In the poem 'Two look at Two' the purpose of the fence seems to be separating humans from nature. The people in the poem 'were halted by a humbled wall' as if it was there to separate them from the animals.

    • Word count: 426
  6. Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening both portray weighing of choices in life. The former is about youth and experiencing life and the latter is about old age,

    The road is a metaphor of the choices we make in life. As the speaker ponders his choices, he feels strongly that whatever "road" he takes will be for good. So he must weigh his decision well in order to come up with the best choice and not end up regretting it. The speaker considers his thought wisely. He says, "And looked down as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth", by giving it a proper thought he weighs his choices well and in the end, chooses to follow the road "less traveled".

    • Word count: 978
  7. Poem Rising Five

    The poet has been able to convey his concern of people not living the present through the use of metaphors, symbolism, presenting imageries, using alliteration and comparison. The poem presents a lot of metaphors between nature and the human being. It shows how the human life cycle is not so different from a plant's cycle. First the plant is a bud; is a newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded, the human just a baby; a small creature, still a new-born, with no power at all and has not discovered its function or whatsoever in the world.

    • Word count: 1030
  8. Look again at Upon My Son Samuel his Going for England, Novem 6, 1657 by Ann Bradstreet, in which the speaker conveys her feelings towards her child, and at one other poem from the anthology in which the speaker conveys his or he

    The speakers in both poems are the poet as well as the parent, but differ in the fact that one is the mother and the other the father, thus the parental concerns are expressed in very different ways. In "Upon My Son Samuel..." the speaker expresses her worries very directly and sees herself as being primarily responsible for her child. Therefore she does all she can to protect him, and in this case she pleads God to "Protect him there, and bring him back".

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  9. "The road not taken" analysis. The first four lines for the first stanza tell us the poet is confronted by a fork in the road.

    The poet notices that the leaves have fallen fresh on both of the roads. The poet expresses his longing to walk on the first road sometime later on but doubts it because he knows that way leads onto way. In stanza four, the poet tells that later on how he would be saying he decided to take the road less travelled by and how that "made all the difference. " The first four lines for the first stanza tell us the poet is confronted by a fork in the road.

    • Word count: 544
  10. Christopher Marlowe

    Furthermore, Shakespeare and Marlowe were born on the same here, so many consider the two somewhat of a rivalry. At Cambridge he studied theology, philosophy, and history. Marlowe later disappeared at this point in his life; at least from society. Cambridge records have him leaving school but there is theory that he was recruited by the government for espionage work. Marlowe received his degree after academic years that included long, unexplained absences, only at the intervention of the Privy Council, on grounds of his unspecified "good service" to the nation. The privy council is a body of officials and dignitaries chosen by the British monarch as an advisory council to the Crown.

    • Word count: 1485
  11. Choose two or three of the poems you have studied by John Donne and compare and contrast the poet's treatment of the theme of love. Your analysis should include comments on the poet's techniques, use of language and stanza form

    The template Petrarchan love poem - that idolises women, portraying them as Goddesses - is utterly "turned on its head". It could be argued that even at this early stage in his writing career, Donne had an interest in social issues and saw these love poems as nothing more than dishonest approaches to attempting to engage in s****l intercourse with a desired partner. Donne's greatly controversial views on intimate relationships could be seen as somewhat "modern" - even by today's standards.

    • Word count: 1373
  12. How Does Tennyson use Poetic Devices to Appeal to the Reader?

    He uses this in the poem, when talking about the curse that is upon the Lady of Shallot. One example is, 'The mirror crack'd from side to side'. This makes the reader realise there is something unusual and mysterious about the life of the Lady of Shallot. The reader may start to wonder what is happening, and by this point in the poem they have probably realised that the Lady of Shallot is cursed. It continues adding to an already mysterious atmosphere and subtly reminds the reader that she is cursed therefore continuing the theme and building the picture in the readers mind.

    • Word count: 2166
  13. Nothing's Changed

    Thus shows us that the Captain and King Duncan has faith in Macbeth and praises him for being brave. This also tells us that Macbeth seems to be a good fighter who is well known because they said, "He deserves that name" and "worthy gentleman" Macbeth actually seems to be a strong character with great physical strength. "Till he unseam'd him from the nave to th'chaps." This tells me that he isn't afraid to fight, or scared of the horror for example the vile blood and guts. Also, Macbeth gives me the impression that he's an adamant and set character.

    • Word count: 4142
  14. Discuss the opening of Paradise Lost, Book 1, commenting on the style, the focus on Satan and explaining Milton(TM)s stated purpose in writing Paradise Lost.

    Also, Milton wanted the same recognition as the classic epics, which did not use rhyme, hence why he did not. Milton does, however, use iambic pentameter (the 'heroic verse') and repetition to create a sense of rhythm within paradise lost. Milton often repeats an idea 3 times, in order to emphasis its importance. For instance, in lines 64 and 65, Milton uses the words "woe", "sorrow" and "doleful" to show the audience how awful Satan's situation is after felling into Chaos.

    • Word count: 733
  15. A Stranger from Lagos

    This sentence is a metaphor that conveys a sense of no privacy. The symbolism of the word "eye" transmits Lilian's feelings of loneliness through claustrophobia. Another quote that demonstrates this symbolism of the word eye is, "In the compound, eyes. In the streets, eyes. Such a small town, and so small-town-minded." This claustrophobia is felt because in this quote the word eyes is repeated a lot and this shows the tension that is provoked by the town, which controls whatever move Lilian does. Another feeling the small and traditional town that incites Lilian to be lonely is frustration, frustration of not even letting her talk to a stranger.

    • Word count: 815
  16. Robert Frost writes about rural life in New England. By referring closely to at least two of his poems, show how he makes New England rural life vivid to the reader.

    kills herself, and he reflects on the brevity and pointlessness of life: 'Out, out, brief candle!' It is significant to this poem because Frost is also reflecting on the futility and shortness of life through the loss and the innocence of the child, which is illustrated through the emergency and alarm in the boy's pointless plea: 'Don't let him cut my hand off-' The poem is written in blank verse, using the iambic pentameter of ten syllables per line to imitate in the natural rhythm of speech. At the beginning of the poem Frost uses personification of the buzz saw to create an effective opening, which is furthered by the unpleasant sounds of the onomatopoeic snarling

    • Word count: 1138
  17. The Sun Has Long Been Set

    First of all, it is important to account for the definition of the term "Romanticism." There seems to be about as many definitions of Romanticism as its definers. A return to nature, a return to the Middle Age, the Renaissance of wonder, liberalism in literature, emotion placed above reason, escape from actuality and so on. Since the previous age was the neoclassical period, which placed a high value upon reason and regulations. The Romantic Age emphasized the significance of intuition and emotions; therefore, it is possible to say that individualism is the keyword to understand the ideas of Romantic writers.

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  18. Relevance of the Bible in Classes

    Esther appears in the Bible as a woman of deep piety, faith, courage, patriotism, and caution, combined with resolution. She is a dutiful daughter to her adopted father, loyal to her fellow Jewish people and she was very charming too; "she obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her" (434). Similarly, Jael is often referred to as "Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, of tent-dwelling women most blessed" (222). She defies her husband in order to kill Sisera; and proves that men in the Bible did not control women.

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  19. Poem Commentary: To An Athlete Dying Young by A.E. Housman

    And round that early-laurelled head Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead, And find unwithered on its curls The garland briefer than a girl's. A.E. Housman The setting of the poem is the funeral of a young champion runner. In the poem, the glory and fame the athlete had received and how he had died like a true athlete at the pinnacle of his grandeur and eminence were depicted by uses of irony, satirical phrases and symbolical expressions. In the first two stanzas, it is reflected that the athlete was lucky to have died in the height of his recognition.

    • Word count: 776
  20. In act one of 'An Inspector calls' how does J B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas

    This gives the impression that they are going to be interrogated and that the truth will be revealed. We acknowledge from the beginning that Priestly wants us to continuously suspect that a mystery is about to appear, reinforced by the 'who dunnit' nature of the plot. Priestly informs us that the family us happy at first and celebrating Gerald's and Sheila's engagement. In order for Priestly to show us that 'Capitalists' prefer to show off, and not be happy, he uses the stage direction, describing the general effect as 'not cosy and homelike'.

    • Word count: 885
  21. How have poets over the centuries used satire to comment on their times?

    Popes mock-heroic methods in The r**e of the Lock emphasize the ridiculousness and absurdity of a society in which values have lost all proportion and the unimportant issues is handles with the seriousness that ought to be accorded to truly important issues. The society on display in this poem is one that fails to distinguish between things that matter and things that do not. The Peer now spreads the glittering Forfex wide, T' inclose the Lock; now joins it, to divide.

    • Word count: 1139
  22. A comparative Analysis of Shall I Compare Thee

    Love and Seduction in Shakespeare's poem is of a different nature to the flea. Shakespeare reflects his passion in the poem, it is about what he feels not what he wants. Shakespeare personifies his relationship to an "eternal sommer", he compares it to heaven, "but thy eternal sommer shall not fade" and by doing so he declares his eternal love. Furthermore Shakespeare inscribes how beauty declines and how he and his lover should love while there beauty is still in continuance.

    • Word count: 976
  23. Analysis of 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti

    In the 19th century, if you were not known as pure then fellow friends and family would reject you. It was seen to be unclean and impure if you were to have s*x before marriage. Men would then look down on you in disgust, as would friends and family. The poem demonstrates how a man can love a woman, then throw her away and move onto another as he pleases, and because he was a Lord the cottage maiden could not say a thing. This brings into light the difference between higher and lower class people. If the cottage maiden had said anything, people would not believe her and turn a blind eye to her and to her accusations.

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  24. The primary target of Tennysons poetry is Victorian greed and materialism. How far do you agree with this view of Tennysons poetry? In your answer you should either refer to two or three poems in detail or range more widely through the whole selection.

    He focuses on the greed and materialism on how the speaker?s father was unjustly killed by his fellow business partner . He says : ? gorged scheme that had left us flaccid and drain?d? This literally translates as sucked us dry which shows how selfish the business partner was so on the whole reflects society?s greediness . Then Tennyson goes on to criticise the actions of society and you can see this clearly when the speaker talks of how ?blessings of Peace?? have been ?made into a curse? by society.

    • Word count: 789
  25. C o m m e n t a r y o n T h e S u n R i s i n g b y J o h n D o n n e

    The poem is written in first person narrator form and the saucy tone is quickly set in the first line: the expression ?Busy old fool, unruly Sun? depicts a chiding discomfort which the speaker feels towards the sun, later developed into pity (line 2, ?Why dost thou thus?) and anger (line 5, ?Saucy pedantic wretch?). As emotions start building up in the speaker, the first stanza is used to remind the sun of his duties (wake up school boys (line 6), tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride (line 7), and call country ants to harvest offices (line 8)).

    • Word count: 932

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?
  • A comparative Analysis of Shall I Compare Thee

    "Both Poems are powered by the human drive to find a partner and are expressive of the poet's inner emotions around the mysterious forces of love and that of its subsidiary emotions. They are both at odds yet strangely similar, and that's what makes them so good to compare; they are linked to a core theme but are coming to a conclusion from two different perspectives and that's what makes them so useful when put together."

  • Discuss the opening of Paradise Lost, Book 1, commenting on the style, the focus on Satan and explaining Milton(TM)s stated purpose in writing Paradise Lost.

    "Milton tells the audience the reason why he created paradise lost in the exordium, which is the summary of content and is a typical feature of classic epics, such as the Odyssey and in plays by Shakespeare. He also wanted to write a Christian epic in English as he felt that the English language was important enough to be known all over the world, and in order to do that, there would have to be a great English epic. So, Milton wrote an epic about the biggest and most important subjects: Heaven, Hell, God, Satan, Man and His fall from paradise, and initially, the beginning of thime to the Last Judgement."

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