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  1. 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.

    • Word count: 863
  2. 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.

    • Word count: 950
  3. 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.

    • Word count: 799
  4. 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.

    • Word count: 319
  5. 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.

    • Word count: 859
  6. 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.

    • Word count: 654
  7. 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."

    • Word count: 911
  8. 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.

    • Word count: 661
  9. '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.

    • Word count: 828
  10. Compare 'Lake Isle of Innisfree' by WB Yeats with 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by W Wordsworth.

    Also on the first line of each stanza Yeats repeats words, to emphasise what he wants. By using simple phrases like 'clay and wattle' an impression of a simple small cottage in the middle of nowhere is created. And simple words, such as 'glimmer' and veils' make this place sound so peaceful and glamorous. All of the first stanza is about Yeats dreaming of peace. In the last line of the stanza Yeats writes 'And live alone in the bee-loud glade.' This gives a sense of tranquillity because he is alone, there be no children screaming and couples arguing.

    • Word count: 701
  11. Comparisons between ' The Daffodils' by William Wordsworth and 'The new fast automatic Daffodils' by Adrian Henri.

    The rhyme scheme: ab ab cc makes it easy to remember. Stanza 4 means: The poet is lying on his back looking to the sky and thinking about the daffodils. By thinking of the daffodils, it makes him happy and he gets happy thoughts about it. 'The waves beside them dance', is a metaphor. I would definitely chose this poem, because it is a relaxing poem, I think the poem will attract people. It tells people what he thinks of daffodils. The poem refers to the characteristics of landscapes. It think, people form the 1900 will understand it because it is written in their language.

    • Word count: 791
  12. In "The Lonely Land," Arthur James Marshall Smith captures the aggressive character of the country, Canada.

    The next few lines "and in the bay blown spume and windrift and thin, bitter spray snap at the whirling sky; and the pine trees lean one way." These lines reveal that it is about to rain and there is froth forming at bay with strong winds blowing sprigs of flowers at bay and causing the pine trees to sway from one side to the other. Smith uses techniques such as diction, repetition and personification to describe what he has written about and gives us a clear picture of the scene.

    • Word count: 634
  13. Comparing two poems - 'Binsey Poplars' by Hopkins and 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' by Wordsworth.

    On the other hand, the Wordsworth poem is more joyful. It has an overall feeling of happiness which is seen from the word 'dance'. This word is repeated in every stanza of the poem to continually remind the reader of the joyous feeling throughout the poem. The poem also comes across as carefree which can be seen by the description of the jubilant mood the author is in: '...on my couch I lie in a vacant or in pensive mood' Wordsworth writes that he 'lies' on his couch it immediately shows the calm and peaceful state he is in.

    • Word count: 937
  14. This essay is going to compare the content, the structure and the language of the two poems, 'Daffodils' and 'Westminster Bridge,' both composed by the poet, William Wordsworth.

    so deep.' These were the similarities between the contents of the two poems. There are also differences in the contents of the two poems. Wordsworth imagines what others responses may be on the scene in 'Westminster Bridge,' 'Dull would he be ...soul.' The landscape differs from rural to urban. 'Daffodils' takes place in a rural landscape. '...high o'er vales and hills,' and 'beside...lake, beneath...trees.' 'Westminster Bridge' takes place in an urban landscape. '...towers, domes, theatres...temples lie,' and '...houses seem asleep.' In 'Daffodils,' Wordsworth re-evaluates his emotional response to the scene, '...my heart with pleasure fills,' but he does not do this in 'Westminster Bridge.' The structure of the two poems differs as well.

    • Word count: 755
  15. Compare the poems 'upon Westminster bridge' by Wordsworth and 'London' by Blake.

    As the sunrises Wordsworth describes the city at its best and fells proud and keen to talk about the beauty of the city. Wordsworth uses the words "silent" used to described the cities quite and peaceful land the word "bare" this means no people about yet and the calm atmosphere. Wordsworth describes the building he can see they all stand out "beautiful" buildings, which are designed for religious worship made for the communities the music and the theatre. The other buildings stand out for the cultural, religion and the architecture reasons.

    • Word count: 730
  16. Winter Poetry - Skating at Night William Wordsworth.

    Wordsworth uses the word 'melancholy' to show that the beautiful scene, he once knew, is fading with old age a shows a slight sadness to the poem. Winter Percy Bysshe Shelley Shelley uses alliteration to show that winter is harsh 'the wind was his whip' this also shows that it is a negative and destructive time. He writes: 'One choppy finger' to make you wonder what winter will do next. Shelley portrays winter as an evil character using personification such as: 'whip' 'lip' to make it more effective.

    • Word count: 806
  17. Comparing and contrasting 'i thank you God' by e.e. cummings with 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsthworth.

    Wordsworth's begins gently. He starts off with; 'Earth has not anything to show more fair.' This means that there is nothing more beautiful. He then goes on to say that you must be of really dull nature if such a wonderful sight does not touch you. This poem is more conventional and uses proper punctuation. The wording is not spontaneous and rushed liked Cummings's. It is first an octlet and then a seslet. It is an iamic pentameter. The poem by E.E. Cummings is also an iamic pentameter. The poem continues by saying how beautiful the sky is and everything that is forever, 'which is Yes.'

    • Word count: 728
  18. Choose 3 poems by William Wordsworth where the poet expresses great happiness and admiration and seems to be in the grip of a powerful emotion .Refer closely to the language used in the poems , Consider the emotion, language and the situation in each poem

    The poem is also a sonnet which means it has a length and therefore will affect the poem. The poem starts off by describing London in the line "Earth has not anything to show more fair" Wordsworth is in high praise of the tranquillity and the peacefulness of London in the morning as he had previously been involved in the Napoleonic War. Wordsworth then says "This city now doth, like a garment wear", he does this to personify London as if it is an animal which is sleeping. Wordsworth then brings contrast into the by first mentioning the "ships, towers, domes and theatres" and then mentioning the fields.

    • Word count: 787
  19. Composed upon Westminster bridge by William Wodsworth.

    He begins the poem personifying Earth telling the reader that the beauty that it reflects touches everybody who sees it -'not anything to show more fair.....' 'Touching in its majesty' Line 1-3 gives accolades of the fairness and majestic appearance of the subject, which we are unaware about. In the second line he also goes on to explain that only a 'dull person' would not notice this majestic beauty. The reader still seems to be unaware of the subject. It is only in the fourth line that he mentions 'This City' - London.

    • Word count: 879
  20. Comparison of 20th century prose

    at what has become of London. The sense of fear I get from the next two lines "And the hapless soldiers sigh, runs in blood down palace walls" It seems to show, to me, that their will be a revolution in which the mob comes to the palace whilst the soldier is on guard and he is unlucky (hapless) enough to be killed, the only reason I think Blake says that blood runs down the palace wall is to make it extreme enough to grasp everyone's attention.

    • Word count: 812
  21. The Listeners - Atmosphere

    is repeated: this sounds like the poet is trying to give the message that the traveller speaking was very straight to the point and precise about what he said. This is all part of creating the character. Atmosphere is also created by use of well demonstrated description mainly through verbs and adjectives. For example the phrases 'the moonlit door' and 'stood thronging the faint moon beams on the dark stair' both contain 'moon'.

    • Word count: 377
  22. “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” and “London 1802” By Wordsworth.

    London is described as being regal. "This city doth like a garment wear The beauty of the morning..." These lines use personification to describe the beauty of the morning sun shining down on the city. The city is "wearing" the beauty of the morning and it is peaceful, the next line includes everything in to the peace and tranquillity "Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie". The next line describes London as perfect and unspoilt, and that it opens on to fields which can be seen from Westminster Bridge.

    • Word count: 934
  23. Choose two poems in which the poets celebrate scenes. What is celebrated in each poem and how do the poets use form, structure and language to express what makes the place special

    John Davidson is expressing his love of Romney Marsh through rhyme, rhythm, sound, colour and language. To begin, Davidson uses personification to show Romney Marsh as a place rich in beauty: 'A veil of purple vapour...', 'air like sapphire...', '...all diamond drops.', '...silver fire'. These all express the writer's love of the place and how he finds it as beautiful as normal people would find a royal monarch. Davidson also expresses how he finds Romney Marsh a colourful and bright place by using words like '...yellow sunlight...', '...purple vapour...' and '...crimson brands...'. The writer also expresses how bright he finds the place by the fact that even in the evening the place still shows colour and he uses an oxymoron at the same time to particularly emphasise the brightness: 'The darkly shining salt sea drops,'.

    • Word count: 909
  24. Comparing “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth and “To Daffodils” by Robert Herrick

    Instead of just describing the physical characteristics of the daffodils it goes further and talks about the life of a daffodil. It talks about how short there life is and that there peak is even shorter. The poem compares their life to one of a human; from the poem you can see that the writer thinks we have a short life and an even shorter youth. You can see how the poem is describing the stages of life by comparing them to the stages of the day, youth being morning, middle age being midday and old age being afternoon leading into the night.

    • Word count: 625
  25. Daffodils Appreciation

    Wordsworth overwhelms us with collective images in verse 2, relating the daffodils to stars, describing them as stretching `in never-ending line` and also expressing that he sees `ten thousand ... at a glance`. In the last line of verse 1 he personifies the daffodils to be `fluttering and dancing in the breeze`. We can elaborate on Wordsworth's many collective images through this line. Frequently, communities or groups of people have trouble working together, but through Wordsworth's personification of the daffodils, also seen in line 12 where the daffodils are `tossing their heads in sprightly dance,` we recognize that the daffodils are working together in unison with no trouble at all.

    • Word count: 830

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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