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    Compare the two poems, 'The Best of School' and 'Last Lesson of the Afternoon' by DH Lawrence.

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    The first stanza refers to the children as being a, 'pack of unruly hounds!' When the writer refers to the children as being unruly hounds I think he is trying to explain that there are a lot of disobedient children and there is only one teacher to control this pack of hounds. The fact that the children are being referred to as animals means that man should control them but the teacher can't control his hounds. The teacher says, 'How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart.'

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  2. The Rocking Horse Winner

    "The Rocking Horse Winner" is a leading example of an author skillfully utilizing this theoretical approach to the development of a story. In this story the psychoanalytic theory is applied. In literature, there are two types of psychoanalytic theory. One is built on the work of Sigmund Freud and the other is the modification of Freud's work by Jacques Lacan, a French psychoanalyst. From these two perspectives of this specific theory, Jacques Lacan's theory appears to be the inspiration that Lawrence wrote his story from.

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  3. Through the identification of the forms of language Lawrence used in Odour of Chrysanthemums, such as sentence structure, imagery, and vocabulary, I have attempted to duplicated his style and maintain the tone of the story

    Suddenly the engine loomed past the house and came to a stop opposite the gate. From the metal carriage, appeared a ghost-like man, all blood appeared drained from his skeletal body, a burgundy briefcase was carried. She looked at the medium sized man, her father. His faded black hat, grey suit and pants reminded her of his polished dress sense. His hair was white like snow; his eyes were like rocks, cold and concentrated. The train driver signalled for departure. Seconds later the train whistled away into the distance from its stopping point, just one destination in a list of many.

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  4. Write a study of the opening of D.H. Lawrence's short story 'Odour of Chrysanthemums'. Comment in detail on the way in which Lawrence's use of language creates a particular atmosphere and raises certain expectations.

    The word 'odour' suggests a strong, bad smell but chrysanthemums are not scented. Only when chrysanthemums are dead do they give off a smell which is strong and pungent. This implies to the reader that something terrible will arise soon after. And the story starts with the locomotive 'clanking, stumbling', and moving clumsily and noisily. It sets the basis of the story (industry, machinery) which is antithesis with the title. This engine is shown as something negative and imposing since it is destroying the tranquillity of nature and taking over it.

    • Word count: 772
  5. D.H. Lawrence - The Rainbow - Essay

    The term 'block' creates very strong imagery of the children being a large faceless meaningless mass, which she cannot and does not want to be part of. Ursula feels threatened by the children and Lawrence calling them a block makes them seem even more intimidating. Lawrence also uses military language when talking about the first appearance of Mr. Brunt. "Rapid firing" Lawrence uses this to describe Mr. Brunt asking questions as he approaches Ursula. This expression makes him sound very intimidating, and gives the image of his questions being as ruthless and harsh as gun fire.

    • Word count: 790
  6. "Snake" By D. H. Lawrence - review

    He suggests an allegorical(metaphorical) meaning to the idea of the snake. The snake , according to Lawrence represents Nature that ties Man to the earth .However, he criticizes the way the Man in modern age deals with this nature and how he tends to destroy it as a result of his education or civilization. The protagonist in this poem is torn between two voices, that of his education, which tells him that the snake is dangerous and should thus be killed immediately and that of his soul, which feels that he is spirtually linked to this snake that honoured him " I longed to talk to him".

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  7. Discuss the part played by the narrator in two, or more texts. The two books I have chosen to compare are The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro and A Fragment of Stained Glass by D. H. Lawrence.

    The vicar's guest is the original narrator. However the second part of the story is told by the vicar himself. The vicar tells his own written story. The vicar's story narrator is a stable boy. The story tells about how the stable boy murdered a horse which then led to a chain reaction of events which caused the young stable boy to flee for his life. The vicar then becomes the main narrator as he reads his story to his guest with no interruptions.

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  8. Compare how nature is used/conveyed in 'A Snowy Day in School' and 'Schoolroom on a Wet Afternoon'.

    Lawrence sees his pupils as mysterious and full of potential, which is hard for him to reach. He explores his relationship with an impression that the reader may share his views. 'Schoolroom on a Wet Afternoon' talks too about the school system and the potential in children. Vernon Scannell also gives the sense that there is no individuality in the classroom and he tell us how 'each child is disciplined; absorbed and still At his small desk'. Here he implies that although these boys are having a very ordered schooling, this does not necessarily guarantee a good adult life.

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  9. D.H. Lawrence's' "Odour of Chrysanthemums" - review

    The fields take on the mantle of personification when they are described as 'dreary and forsaken'. The literary devices employed in the depiction of the pit (the heart and life blood of the village) in the sentence "The pit-bank loomed up beyond the pond, flames like red sores licking its ashy sides in the afternoon's stagnant light," leave no doubt that Lawrence was describing the gates of h**l itself. The assonance of 'flames like red sores licking its ashy sides' denotes the sinister hissing sound of the steamy hellish abyss.

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  10. Write a study of the opening of DH Lawrence's short story

    It also suggests that the story might be related to death. The opening of the story starts by depicting the engine. It describes it with negative words like "clanking, stumbling" which is associated to noisiness and clumsiness, to make it sound dangerous and ugly. It is not accomplishing the promise to mankind to be fast as it only appears to have "loud threats of speed". Even the colt, which was frightened by it, ran faster. Lawrence is trying to acknowledge that nature is threatened by industry although it is much more beautiful.

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  11. Comparison Essay: The Shades of Spring & Things by D.H Lawrence. An analysis on how D.H Lawrence portrays the theme of freedom his two stories.

    In the Shades of Spring, freedom is depicted through descriptions involving the environment and the nature surrounding it. The best examples of this is when the main character, D.H Lawrence describes the surrounding environment in every new scene that arises, as the story progresses. In one of the opening scenes of the story Lawrence describes the landscape, which can be seen from Syson's position; Syson who is the main character of the story. When Syson arrives enters this new scenic landscape, Lawrence begins describing the surrounding in terms of the flowers, the streams, the "pools of bluebells" and the "ice-water blue lakes".

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  12. David Herbert Lawrence - review of The Rainbow

    She is frequently confused in most aspects of her life, and displays contradictory characteristics of both the rural and the urban mentality. Ursula eventually becomes skeptical of societal expectations because they are in flux or are being challenged by new ideas. She becomes completely mired in the social upheaval created by the demise of older, agrarian world and the emergence of industrialized society. As a result, Ursula experiences difficulties in constructing her identity and in determining a specific direction for her life.

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  13. Poetry discussion on

    The second and third lines are a contrast to each other. The second line says that " The boys and the room in a colourless gloom." The classroom is described as a dark and gloomy place but " Bright ripples run." The second line gives a negative description of the gloomy classroom but the third line gives us a positive contrast for although the room is dark the boys are bright. " The Best Of School" gives us a sense of children growing which I felt was very optimistic and positive.

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  14. Consider how effectively Elaine Gaston and Medbh McGuckian portray relationships in the poem "Seasoned" and "Arranmore".

    The writer uses humour to show the extent the man was ready to exceed, to help people- "Delivered babies in toilets of country bars long after closing time" this is humorous because it is an out of average thing to happen. The father is also a strong man - "carries fully grown men down stairs in the middle of the night". The daughter feels this is something, which should be boosted about, she is proud of her father. Words such as "hauled" and "pulled" in the second verse are also words, which help describe the father's strength.

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  15. Critical appraisal of DH Lawrence's short story, 'Odour of Chrysanthemums', making use of stylistic and structuralism principles.

    The Lexical category looks at the use of diction and goes as far as to distinguish how many nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are used in a piece. It also looks at whether the vocabulary is simple or complex and formal or colloquial. The Grammatical category observes how the words are structured together. Leech and Shorts sub categories for this area includes sentence types, sentence complexity, clause types, clause structures, noun phrases, verb phrases and word classes. Under the heading 'Figures of speech' Leech and Short have chosen to look at devices such as imagery, rhyme alliteration etc.

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  16. Compare and contrast 'Last Lesson of the Afternoon,' 'The Best of School' (both by D.H Lawrence) and an extract from William Goldsmith's 'The Deserted Village' called 'The Schoolmaster'.

    While Lawrence gives the point of view of the observer, from the outside. Goldsmith begins by giving us a description of how well the Schoolmaster even has his house. In the second line he does this by appealing to our sense of sight in describing the schoolmaster's home. The house is also described as a 'noisy mansion' but this is not because the house really is a mansion it just describes the grandness of it. As it is later described as 'his little school,' although this is because Goldsmith is looking back on his schooldays with fond memories.

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  17. Focusing on Tickets please discuss the ways in which DH Lawrence presents feminine strength and power.

    This links with the theme of role reversal between men and women within D H Lawrence's other stories. The first time Annie is mentioned, she is described as having a certain wild romance in her "sturdy bosom". From the start, we can see that she has physical strength as well as being head strong and passionate. D H Lawrence uses physical and emotional aspects to describe Annie as strong. Her physical strengths also reflect on her emotional strengths. She has a sturdy bosom, suggesting that she is stubborn, and will not be moved.

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  18. The Brangwen women in The Rainbow (by D. H. Lawrence), are depicted in direct contrast to their male counterparts.

    "It was enough for the men, that the earth heaved and opened its furrow to them..." (42) The men are described as their senses being "full fed" and being unable to "turn around" (43), in contrast to the women, who had in a sense, opened themselves to the world and what she had to offer, by no longer being passive Brangwen female participants of farm-life, by being "aware of the lips and the mind of the world speaking and giving utterance, they heard the sound in the distance, and they strained to listen."

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  19. Sons and Lovers Critical Review.

    She commented that Paul Morel's relationship with his mother fits Freud's Oedipus complex- Paul felt passion towards his mother. Millett quoted Freud's prediction that "he who is a favorite of the mother becomes a conqueror." She says that Paul is just that. She considered him to be pompous as an adolescent because of his mother's encouragement. Although Paul was described as a sensitive nice man, Millett saw through the Puritanism Lawrence was creating. She considered Paul to be callow in the way he treated Miriam and Clara.

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  20. Original Writing - A jagged scream violently slashed through the silent fabric of the savannah dark.

    The tent was 15 metres or so away from where David stood, and he groggily advanced to it, in some small part hoping that something had happened to Brianna so that at least he could be rid of her for the rest of this safari. Amidst his lethargic thoughts, David tripped over a vine protruding from the lushly vegetated ground and fell to the soily earth. He bled - quite heavily - a gash had been cut into his palm and for a moment, he contemplated going back to plaster his wound before attending to Brianna's dilemma.

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  21. D.H. Lawrence - A personal review.

    He was the fourth child of a struggling coal miner who was a heavy drinker. His mother was a former school teacher; she was seen to be greatly superior in education to her husband. D.H. Lawrence's childhood was subject to poverty and hostility between his parents. Encouraged by his mother, with whom he had a deep emotional bond, and who is figured to be Mrs Morel in his first masterpiece, Lawrence became interested in arts. He was educated at Nottingham High School, to which he had won a scholarship. He worked as a clerk in a surgical appliance factory and then four years as a pupil-teacher.

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  22. The genre of "Tickets please" is a short, fictional story with a primary purpose of entertaining an adult audience. The outline of the story is set in the Midlands in war time.

    Annie is the instigator of the piece and she encourages and rallies the girls with her "Come on" cries. John Thomas is obviously not expecting what is about to befall him as "he went forward rather vaguely" explains. Lawrence has already introduced him as a "fine c**k of the walk" and up until this point the imagery that John Thomas could be likened to is to the dominant male in a herd of animals whose sole purpose has been to provide s****l gratification for the females of the tribe.

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  23. A comparison between 2 poems “Lore” written by R.S Thomas and “Woman Work” by Maya Angelou.

    For example instead of using modern technology to meow the lawn he uses the "scythe". In the poem it also suggests that he is against modern technology as it says, "Never mind the machine, whose fuel is human soul" The weather is portrayed as an enemy, as the metaphor "slow poison" is used, it then goes on describing the old and treachery winter, as it states "winters old", and "After treachery of the seasons", overall it is a very pessimistic atmosphere but Job Davies somehow still looks at in a pleasant way as he sates, "its still alive" this also suggests that he is a positive person.

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  24. "Examine DH Lawrence's 'Mountain Lion' and 'Snake', showing how the poet a) uses language and poetic techniques for the emotive effect. b) presents moral and social ideas.

    Two men! Men! The only animal in the world to fear!" From the quote above one can see a powerful technique that is common to many of Lawrence's poems. He uses repetition for effect in conjunction with very short staccato phrases. There is tension, a feeling of panic and an uncertainty of who the men are, as they seem of a dangerous nature. It is also in this quotation that Lawrence reveals one of his key beliefs; his fear of man, a source of fear for the whole of creation.

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  25. Refer to D.H. Lawrence's 'Last Lesson of the Afternoon' and B. Patten's 'Dead Thick.' Compare and contrast where appropriate. In your concluding comments, say which you prefer and why.

    are highlighted throughout by the choice of verbs. He seems to be totally exasperated and seems only to be in the job for the money and promotion. The teachers' mood also changes throughout the poem. In stanza two he is in utter despair, 'I am sick, and what on earth is the good of it all?' which turns into anger, as he reflects on their 'Dross of indifference' and states vehemently 'Take the toll of their insults in punishment? - I will not! -' In stanzas four and five he becomes flippant, 'What do I care?' 'What is the point?'

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