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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. "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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.

    • Word count: 749
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Out Out Poem Analysis

    This is suggested, if not implied, by the poems simplistic underlying overall message conveyed about everyday life. It essentially articulates that societies greatest downfall is naivety which leads to inevitable misfortune, or at least this is what I interpret. At first, the saw in the poem is seen as the main perpetrator, responsible for the tragic death of the boy. Remember, though heavy imagery and personification was used throughout the poem but centred mostly around the saw, drawing attention away from the dominant fundamental cause - the naivety of the boys sister. The entire situation of a young boy handling such heavy machinery, which could be compared to a much stronger grown man, almost determines the fate of the boy from the very beginning, despite what the sister did.

    • Word count: 650
  15. Comparing the movie of The 13th Warrior and the Epic of Beowulf.

    The characters, Beowulf Beowulf, and Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan The 13th Warrior are of different groups. Beowulf is Anglo Saxon and bullseye is Swedish. In The 13th Warrior groups of men fight the evil which are men dressed up as bears, called Wendol possibly to seem more frightening, and their mother, who is an evil witch person and the leader.

    • Word count: 581
  16. Beowulf the movie and Beowulf the poem stay pretty close in comparison except for a few major details and a few smaller details

    In the movie, Grendel has a reason to want revenge. In the poem however, he kills the Danes because he is a monster and that is his nature. In the movie, Grendel doesn?t want to harm Beowulf or the Danes because he doesn?t think they deserve it and that they haven?t done him wrong, unlike in the poem where Grendel kills them for no real reason. Another difference would be that in the poem Beowulf goes back to Geatland, home of the Geats, to become king but in the movie Beowulf stays in Denmark, home of the Danes, to take over for Hrothgar after his death.

    • Word count: 603
  17. Beowulf. The epic, Beowulf, by an unknown poet, accurately portrays the characteristics of an epic hero.

    Beowulf, who claims to be the mightiest warrior in existence, courageously destroys any monster in his path. As he converses with Hrothgar, king of a land terrorized by the evil monster Grendel, he expresses his power shown in the past. Beowulf tells Hrothgar, ?I drove Five great giants into chains, chased/All of that race from the Earth,? speaking of his evil-fighting past (154-155). Raising justice against these monsters takes a lot of strength, which many men do not have. Beowulf, however, carries the necessary amount of power to complete these tasks. Later on, when Beowulf finally gets in front of Grendel, ?He who had come to them from across the sea, ? had driven affliction/Off, purged Herot clean,? just as he has promised.

    • Word count: 688
  18. A Parental Ode to My Son Poem Analysis

    The last part ?by moonlight pale? could mean that his son is bursting with energy and can play all day till night time when the moon is out. The poem also suggests that the poet?s son is mischievous but also innocent by using phrases like ?Thou imp of mirth and joy!? which suggests the writer is saying his son is a mischievous child of laughter and joy.

    • Word count: 591
  19. How do the words of Tennyson's poem express Marianas frustration and depression?

    Tennyson uses pathetic fallacy regularly to enhance the mood that is being put forward to the reader. A point that is being made is that fact that Mariana has being living in this house for quite some time, which has partially led to her frustration. This image of frustration, stagnation and despair is reflected in her environment: ?blackest moss?, ?rusted nails?, ?broken sheds? and ?ancient?. These images effectively lead the reader to associate these characteristics with Mariana, and then to presume that she, too, is lacking vitality, and is therefore frustrated with where she is.

    • Word count: 776
  20. Epitath for Beowulf. Beowulf will be missed for his courageous actions, compassion towards his people and his strong will to fight.

    If he saw trouble, no matter what country, he would do go to the country to defeat their monster. He has fought and won battles against many monsters. He also cared about people from other countries. He went to Denmark to save Hrothgar and his people from the monster Grendel. He did not do this for the money that he would receive after he did it for glory and to bring peace to Denmark.

    • Word count: 495

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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