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    Discuss the way in which Wordsworth and Heaney present nature and rural life in their poetry.

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    Within his poetry, Wordsworth contemplates the relationship between nature and human life. He considers his pantheistic beliefs, while realising that nature has many different facets and possesses the power to have spiritual and emotional impacts on the human form. Wordsworth achieves this in his poetry by presenting nature in many different ways. This is shown clearly in the poem, "Daffodils" where we can see Wordsworth exploring nature as a source of wonderment; he responds and relates himself to the two underlying themes of memory and imagination, on a spiritual level.

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    William Wordsworth, known as one of the first generation of romantic poets lived from 1770-1850.

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    He also suggests the surroundings by extending the previous simile: 'That floats on high o'er vales and hills'. Here he suggests a rural vision through 'vales' (valleys) and 'hills'. Onto the third a sudden sense of urgency is created with 'when all at once', contrasting the sense of slow speed developed in the previous lines of the stanza. He personifies daffodils as a 'crowd' of daffodils, which is qualified by further personification of daffodils-'A host, of golden daffodils'. 'Crowd' and 'host' both contribute to enlighten us about the vastness of the daffodils.

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  3. By close critical reading, establish which if any of Wordsworths Lucy poems deserves to be regarded as the odd-one-out.

    This poem is based on romance and weirdness not hate but at the end of the poem 'Lucy' is dead. '''Lucy' Gray, or 'Solitude'' the base of this poem is that there are three characters- a little girl called 'Lucy', her mother and her father- a summary of the poem would be, her mother goes out to town and a blizzard starts, 'Lucy' goes out to find her mother- by the father sending her out, her mother comes back fine - she is an adult she would know how to get back, they go out shouting for her 'wretched parents

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  4. Analyse and interpret Wordsworths poem I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

    The poem creates mental images for the reader through his use of similes and personification. In the first line, "I wandered lonely as a cloud", Wordsworth presents a simile comparing him to a wandering lonely cloud. As the cloud appears to be lonely, fluttering around wherever the wind may take it, the reader gets the feeling that he is alone and sad, as a cloud often brings alone a storm. But then he sees the daffodils. The daffodils help him forgetting that he alone and sad.

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  5. The Prelude

    The two places described create two different moods and pictures in my imagination. "One Evening" is dark and spooky and cold, "Nutting" is the complete opposite, even though there is water there. In "One evening" Wordsworth is describing how he took a small boat which was tied to a willow tree and started to row it across the lake. He felt excited and rowed the boat as quickly as he could. He was also a little afraid he might be caught.

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  6. How does Wordsworth explore knowledge and nature?

    In Wordsworth's poem "Lines written in Early Spring", there are several references to nature. Wordsworth uses animals, trees and air to depict an image of the reality that he lives in and its conflicts. Wordsworth criticised reality from his perspective, by combining the human senses and nature to recreate the reality they experience in the reader's mind. Wordsworth's aim was to make poetry accessible to everyone, every class and every individual in society. He does this by using nature, as nature is available to everyone. In addition, nature creates an insight into the human mind, 'one moment now may give us more than fifty years of reason'.

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  7. Compare the poems for childhood and parenting

    Wordsworth explores different states of mind of both the mother and the son. The mother is shown through the language used. She experiences a range of emotions: overconfidence, doubt, fear and anxiety. However, when we compare her to her son, who is mentally disabled he remains joyful, innocent, imaginative and closer to nature than even his mother he remains unperturbed. The rhyming scheme is first established after the 1st verse, abccb, it adds pace and suspense and it underpins a sense of comedy. Wordsworth doesn't only use this rhyming scheme to add a sense of comedy, but it is like a nursery rhyme, so it can be enjoyable and understandable to everyone.

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  8. Westminster Bridge

    He writes as though he appreciates the rare opportunity to see the real beauty of London. The poem gives you the feeling as if you were part of the poem or the author, sitting on Westminster Bridge admiring the view. In this descriptive poem he goes into the finer details of what he sees and what is around him. He also uses a range of techniques to express his views and portrays London as a majestic city in the morning as the sun shines on the city.

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  9. Analysis Of The 'Solitary Reaper'

    Throughout this poem, he makes referrals to the fact that he does not know of what she sings. I took this to mean that as he is in Scotland, and Wordsworth himself was of English origin, he couldn't understand the native language of the Scottish Highland woman. He imagines that the song is about some unhappy incident or about some battles fought long ago. But whatever the subject of the song is (which he does not find out), its sweet music made a deep and lasting impression in poet's mind and soul. The song was so mesmerizing and spellbinding that it held the poet motionless and still.

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  10. Discuss the works of two people who write on the theme of people and lendscape

    R.S Thomas concentrate's on the general scene, especially the atmosphere and natural landscape. William Wordsworth also focuses on the general scene; but he goes into more detail with everything. There is a lot of attention put on the environment around, buildings, rivers etc. William Wordsworth's poem does employ a rhyme scheme. This scheme is: A, B, B, A, A, B, B, A, C, D, C, D, C, D. R.S Thomas' poem does not rhyme, meaning that he has not incorporated a rhyme scheme.

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  11. William Wordsworth's poem Upon Westminster Bridge is a sonnet, it creates a pleasurable passage that is easily read and understood while still accessing a great deal of emotion and image form. It

    This feeling in the language is reflected in the atmosphere of the time in which the poem is set, early morning, just as the sun is starting to show above the horizon. Where the citizens of London are still in bed, the busy city still asleep and motionless. The impression of religious symbology can also be felt in this poem. "Dull would he be the soul who could pass by..." the word "soul" in this line gives the reader the impression of a reverential tone.

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  12. London fete and composed upon Westminster Bridge. I am going to be comparing two poems in this essay the first poem is London fete which was

    In Westminster Bridge the poem creates a happy positive mood as it contains relaxing words such as "all bright and glittering in the smoke less air" which creates calm and reflects his love for nature. The mood f these two poems contrast as a London fete is a negative mood and composed upon Westminster Bridge is a positive mood. The setting to these two poets are important to themes it sets the mood and the scene for the poem. For example in composed upon Westminster bridge the fact that it is the morning and bright it makes the poem happy not sad.

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  13. How does Wordsworth convey the tranquillity of London and the effect it has on him?

    Another way in which Wordsworth conveys the tranquillity of London is by his choice of vocabulary. Words like, 'majesty, smokeless, spender,' are all building up the effect of tranquillity. Also by using words to do wit nature he adds a soft edge to the poem by comparing the industrialised city of London to what England was once covered with, tree and forests.

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  14. William Wordsworth's "Expostulation and Reply" and "Strange fits of passion have I known" - review.

    Many Romantic poets, including Coleridge and Keats used nature, but in a drastically different fashion than Wordsworth. When Coleridge and Keats used nature in their poetry, it was often portrayed as this destructive horrible force that should be avoided. They would both often juxtapose a harsh natural environment such as a stormy winter as in Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes" with a warm, safe, and inviting interior. Wordsworth shows nature in a much more positive light, and uses it to enhance the mood of his poetry. From the fourth stanza of "Expostulation and Reply" we see "One morning thus, by Esthwaite lake, /When life was sweet, I knew not why."

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  15. What are the poet's feelings about the city and how does he convey those feelings? (Composed upon Westminster Bridge)

    By using negative connotations Wordsworth is able to convey his biased views "Never did sun more beautifully steep. Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!" The idea of incorporating such exaggerated punctuation as an exclamation mark that Wordsworth uses in his poem brings me onto my next point. Wordsworth conveys his positive feelings for grandeous London by using exclamations. William can convey his feelings both through how the reader is instructed to read the poem and how the reader is then able to visualise the emotion through those exclamations on the page.

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  16. Compare the works of William Wordsworth and R L Thomas showing whether or not their poems differ in themes and style.

    This poem is written in a very positive and written with a lot of imagery. Wordsworth is clearly in awe of this lonely woman who does her job quietly but is still noticed by the poet. This poem is for people who like to read at a slow pace and like descriptive words that create a lot of imagery. This poem, compared with 'Tramp' by R S Thomas, is very different in its style. This poem is on the theme of just people instead of landscape and people, like 'Solitary Reaper.'

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  17. Looking at Six Poems You Have Studied, Discuss how they are Typical of the Romantic Genre

    He also uses an oxymoron 'marriage-hearse' to create the image that to every good thing in London, there is an equally bad, if not worse side to it. Blake uses imagery of blood of a soldier on the walls of the palace to create the picture that the palace and government are to blame for the death of the soldier by sending him to war, 'And the hapless soldier's sigh Runs in blood down palace walls'. The message in this poem is very negative and pessimistic and that industrialisation has corrupted everyone and there is no escape from it.

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  18. In " The Daffodils" and " Upon Westminster Bridge" the poet shows appreciation of the natural world. What does he appreciate and how does he convey this? Which poem do you prefer?

    In the sestet he tells us of his personal responses to the scene. The poem uses an alternate line rhyming to create the effect of order. It is written in a sonnet using iambic pentameter. This device brings attention and emphasizes the meanings of the words. Wordsworth's shows his feelings for London in a figurative way. He engages the reader by forcing them to change from what they are thinking to what the writer wants them to think. He personifies the sun, the river and the city. From reading the poem one can feel nothing but tranquil, picturing yourself there.

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  19. Wordsworth and Milton, Sonnets and poems.

    In 'To Lady Fitzgerald, In Her Seventieth Year' Wordsworth writes about a lady turning seventy and how she is "beautiful" for her age. He uses rich language to express her expression and nature, giving the reader an image of the seventy year old. Milton's 'Sonnet to the Nightingale' is about a nightingale bird and how its singing reminds him of love "...Lover's heart dost fill,". Both Wordsworth and Milton have used archaic language in their poems; Milton has used old English more distinctively and has actually started with "O" in the 'Sonnet to the Nightingale'.

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  20. Explore how the poets you have studied use different perceptions of London in order to convey thematic ideas

    A sonnet is composed of an octave first (eight lines) followed by a sextet (six lines). Sonnets are usually written about topics like love, passion, and desire; which is why it is unexpected that a poem describing a city so be written in this form. In writing the poem this way, the poet communicates his feelings of admiration and adoration for the city to the reader. Wordsworth gives the impression of femininity when addressing London, in the same way that someone may call their car 'she'. He's saying that London is like a beautiful woman and he admires it in the same way.

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  21. Poetry Comparison on Wordsworth's

    Here, Wordsworth is describing Lucy and refers to her as being shy and unique as there were none to compare her with; the violet being a symbol for a timid personality. "A violet by a mossy stone Half hidden by the eye! Fair as a star, when only one Is shining in the sky" Tennyson by contrast doesn't resort to metaphors to describe his friend. All Tennyson's descriptions are emotive, "Dark house, by which once more I stand Here in the long unlovely street...And ghastly through the drizzling rain On the bald street breaks the blank day."

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  22. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge - Poets often express great enthusiasm in their poetry. Show how Wordsworth does this in the poem.

    Wordsworth portrays London as a majestic city in the morning as the sun shines onto the city. He writes "A sight so touching in its majesty" (Line 3). He tries to tell the audience; despite of the present condition London is in, it still is beautiful under all the pollution. Wordsworth is impressed with the view of London, capital of England on this morning. London being the capital was the where all major events happened and where everything was. He describes the various monuments surrounding him as he sits upon Westminster Bridge and he comments on how everything is now clear and open for the public to see.

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  23. R.S Thomas and William Wordsworth. Compare and Contrast the works of two poets who write on the theme of people and the landscape.

    He is the opposite of Thomas because he only sees the good in things. His work was influenced by the beautiful scenes he had excursions to as a child. A Romantic poet wrote poems which are calm and meaningful. For example, he wrote a poem called 'On Westminster Bridge.' This poem is about Wordsworth who is standing on the bridge and he describes what he can see. Not only the buildings but as well as nature. He also shares his emotion about the picturesque scenery. The first line shows that according to him, there is nothing better than this view anywhere in the world.

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  24. Comparison of: 'My Last Duchess' and 'Tombs of Westminster Abbey'.

    On the other hand, 'Tombs of Westminster Abbey' is seen as rhetorical and satirical, as if it was trying to persuade us. To conclude the similarities and differences of the poem, I just have another point to bring up, it seems that in 'My Last Duchess', the character/poet is trying to sound heartless, yet in 'Tombs of Westminster Abbey', the content of death is explained and laid out so as we understand it and don't get the impression of cruelty.

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  25. 'Write a Comparison of 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsworth and 'London' by William Blake stating which you prefer and giving reasons for your preference.'

    'Infants cry of fear'. 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' is praising London. This is shown by the use of words like 'splendour', and 'glittering'. Yet 'London' is blaming the city for the miserable lives of the people 'mind-forged manacles'. Wordsworth's language is very formal. He uses formal standard punctuation. This gives the effect that everything is wonderful. When you speak formally, it conveys a more elegant and luxurious atmosphere. This is complimented by his use of vocabulary. Blake, however, uses very different language and imagery. His use of language conveys his negative feeling for the city.

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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?
  • Compare and contrast how Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty and William Wordsworth's She was a Phantom of Delight explore the theme of attraction to mysterious beauty. In your answer you must comment on:

    "In conclusion this essay has shown that the two very similar romantic poets, Byron and Wordsworth have conveyed their ideas of mysterious beauty through poetry in many strict ways. The structure of their poems has shown how both poems are very regular and have a strict orderly rhyming scheme. The use of certain language features has given the poems a more in depth understanding and this has been shown in both the first lines and parts of the poems referring to beauty. The first lines have also grasped the reader by not giving away the whole meaning of the poem. The characters of both ladies in the poems have shown that perhaps one could have been a prostitute and the other maybe a ghost. Finally physical imagery in the poems has shown that both poets differ on how they picture beauty and this is shown through their poetry. Peter Luetchford English Coursework 15th May 2002 Page 1 of 3"

  • Compare and contrast the two poems 'Slough' and 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'.

    "I preferred 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' rather than 'Slough' as I found that the poem was very calming and tranquil. It was short, easy to read and easy to understand. The ways that Wordsworth described the place made the poem shine because it was made to sound really peaceful and beautiful. I was able to create a vision of a place that seemed non-existent, or far out of our reach, but Wordsworth really captures the beauty. Cheryl Arnak 3320"

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