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    The Flowers

    The story shows Myop collecting flowers walking through the forest, taking an unknown route leads her to the body of a dead man. It is evident he man has been the victim of a r****t "lynching" when the evidence is further investigated. Myop is changed and is no longer the innocent little girl she was upon entering the woods. The use of a child such as Myop is a good way to develop the idea of innocence in any story as it can be shown being taken away as a necessary part of growing up or in a more sudden way.

    • Word count: 931
  2. How William Blake incorporated his attitudes to society into his poems.

    Blake voices this poem not as the chimney sweep, but a passer by who talks to him. First they ask - ' " Where are thy father and mother ? Say ? " ' , which is replied to by the chimney sweep. ' " They are both gone up to the church to pray... They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a heaven of our misery. " ' If Blake put his beliefs into the child's voice, then he could be challenging his death by looking at the King in a negative way.

    • Word count: 637
  3. An essay of Appreciation of William Blake's "The Fly"

    The narrator initially questions his place in the world, asking "Am not I a fly like thee?" Blake is suggesting that the man and the fly occupy the same position in the world. Each is significant in their own way, alive in a world of their own making which will cease to exist once they die. This richness of life shared with the untimeliness of death represent the universal human experience common to Blake's poem. Both man and fly share a joie de vive, different for both, until some unanticipated or accidental event brings it to an end.

    • Word count: 876
  4. She Walks In Beauty - Analysis.

    _____________________ _____________________ Signature Date She Walks In Beauty - Analysis George Gordon Noel Byron's poem titled, "She Walks In Beauty", plainly put, is a love poem about a woman who the author encountered (his widowed cousin), and all of her stunning features. The poem follows a basic iambic tetrameter, with an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable, which synchronizes the rhythm throughout the poem. It can be found in the Hebrew Melodies, and it is found with other publications, which were completed in 1815.

    • Word count: 918
  5. Focusing upon both 'structure' and 'function' produce a critical analysis of Craig Raine's poem 'A Martian Sends A Postcard Home'

    this quote the audience can acknowledge that this visitor has appreciated the natural beauty and mystique of clouds and mist, but can only equate the phenomenon it mechanical terms. Throughout the piece Raine uses a range of audacious figurative language as his tools to give the poem an air of defamiliarisation, as well as trying to bring the reader into the poem (the very essence of it being an observational poem creates the platform for the reader to develop their own range of signs and signifiers to both conflict and support the said observations)

    • Word count: 608
  6. Cider with Rosie presentation.

    The sense of adventure is communicated through Lee's use of metaphors and similes. Lee is showing childhood as quite a scary daunting time as well as a time when you have an extremely vivid and active imagination. Lee also portrays this time of his life as scary and daunting due to the fact it was also a daunting time for Great Britain during the war. One of Lee's major influences was that of his mother, a whole chapter is devoted to her. He had a warm and loving relationship with his mother. Lee trusted and admired her, when the stranger appeared in the kitchen Lee writes "but he was no tramp or he wouldn't be in the kitchen" and "he was a soldier, because mother said so".

    • Word count: 798
  7. Can Blake Be Considered To Be a Romantic Poet.

    William Blake was an ardent follower of Rousseau and his beliefs. This is evident in his poems, such as The Tiger taken from Songs Of Innocence. In this poem there is a contest between the tiger and the blacksmith, the tiger being a natural, powerful, instinctive and full of energy and imagination while the blacksmith ruins, crafts and reconstructs natural materials. It is clear in the poem that Blake had a great degree of respect for the tiger and this is shown where it says: "On what wings dare he aspire?

    • Word count: 848
  8. The Sandpiper by Elizabeth Bishop is about a student of William Blake that is trying to find himself. He is looking for something

    In the final two lines of the first stanza, the poet mixes the humorous and the serious. The humorous being the juxtaposition, "controlled panic" and the serious being the reference to the romantic poet William Blake. The sandpiper responds to the roaring by running, southward. The fact that "runs" is repeated here and in other parts of the poem is significant. It is precisely this that the poet wants us to be attracted to. This forms the central mystery of the poem: hidden in the running image of the sandpiper is the unanswered question, why he does not fly?

    • Word count: 952
  9. Contrast Between William Blake's Poems 'The Tiger' and 'The Lamb'

    Blake appears to be admirable of the Tiger and it's beautiful 'symmetry', and also praises the intricacies of it's workings, but there is a sense of Blake being afraid of the Tiger, with him commenting on it's 'deadly terrors', his use of the word 'dare' instead of 'could' and also in the way that Blake is afraid to question the tiger directly, as he did the lamb, but instead employs rhetorical questions such as 'What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?'.

    • Word count: 971
  10. Poetry Analysis - I Took my Power in my Hand by Emily Dickinson

    Goliath, but with an even more diminutive hero(ine) against an even more incredible giant. Perhaps her Goliath is a law that she opposes or a corporation she feels is corrupt. Regardless of the "enemy," the allusion to David and Goliath serves to show that the poet is clearly undertaking a difficult task. The second stanza expresses the poet's bemusement at her failure, despite the difficulty of the task. She says that she clearly aimed her "pebble," as David had against Goliath, but she was the one that fell.

    • Word count: 740
  11. Compare The Two Chimney Sweeper Poems, Exploring The Contrasting Attitudes

    The child's dream shows that there is still some presence of hope and fantasy in his mind. The poem has a gentle and soft tone. This is a contrast to the uneasy rhyme and mood in the Songs Of Experience. In that poem, rather than optimism, there is a feeling of resignation in the silence of the child; 'And because I am happy and dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury,' One of the most noticeable features in the Songs Of Innocence 'The Chimney-Sweeper' is its naivety. To an outsider in this day and age we can see that the child was not fully aware of his situation and the life he had ahead of him.

    • Word count: 952
  12. Emotional Distance can lead to a loss of innocence.

    For example, they often don't mind looking 'weird' to their parents as long as they look OK to others. In the search for an independent identity, teenage behaviour may include rejecting or rebelling against family values. Feelings of self-consciousness and insecruities and may be acted in a form of anger. War, is h**l as we all know, Five Quaters of the orange is a perfect example of a mother and daughter relationship with a communication break down. The novel exposes the ugliness of war from the viewpoint of three neglected children living in german-occupied french village during World War 2.

    • Word count: 990
  13. 'A Comparative Analysis Of Blake's Poetry.' - 'The Tiger' and 'The Lamb'.

    The tiger therefore represents all evil there is that exists in the world, but this is seen a s acceptable because without evil, there is nothing with which to compare good and consequently there can be no existence of good, such as the lamb. 'The Lamb' is therefore in complete contrast and represents all that is good in the world. The word 'lamb' connotates images of innocence and wholeness and is for this reason, compared to a child, which implies sweetness and goodness.

    • Word count: 963
  14. The Sick Rose By William Blake.

    Blake published these two collections in one volume and the title of this was "Showing the two contrary states of the human soul." 'The Sick Rose' is present in the 'Songs of Experience" collection, in which he examines the bleaker aspects of life and reality, including fear, jealousy, hatred and greed. 'The Sick Rose is not a poem of great joy and pleasure, but it is a poem which represents a symbol of a passion for something which has been destroyed.

    • Word count: 908
  15. Pure Ingenuity.

    But this description isn't made only with the environment. Myop, the character of the story, takes an important place in the formation of the wonderful day description, the author shows the joy of this girl "It seemed to Myop as she skipped lightly from hen house to pigpen to smokehouse that the days had never been as beautiful as these." Alice Walker then makes you know that your idea of a fairy tale is right and that her written girl felt inside of one of this type of stories.

    • Word count: 931
  16. William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience - Compare and contrast the poems indicating briefly how far you consider each an appropriate introduction to the poems that follow it.

    In the first Introduction we see a shepherd with a pipe, he is leading his flock of lambs. Blake uses the image of the lambs as an image of innocence throughout the Songs of Innocence. This image relates directly to the poems that follow where most of the poems include images of the lamb being related to Jesus Christ as humble and also innocent. There is also an image of a child, which is another image of innocence used by Blake in the writing of his Songs of Innocence.

    • Word count: 599
  17. An Analysis of a selection of poems by William Blake; a consideration of the contrasting states of innocence and experience.

    He was ahead of his time. And in some respects is ahead of ours. In his poems, Blake used the opposing states of Innocence and Experience to make contrasts between how life should be and how life is. He wrote two anthologies of poems entitled " Songs of Innocence", written in 1789, and "Songs of Experience" four years later in 1793 that explored the details of these states. Blake was keen to put across that in Innocence and Experience there came two meanings, of mind and of Situation.

    • Word count: 750
  18. A comparison of Blake's poetry "The lamb." And "The tiger."

    Blake repeats many of his questions so that the reader's curiosity is built to a climax, "Little lamb, who made thee?" Line 1 "Dost thou know who made thee?" Line 2 In addition, here we see that Blake has pre-modified the noun, "lamb." by using the adjective, "little." Before it. "Little lamb." Line 1 This emphasises how innocuous Blake wants the lamb to be portrayed and how defenceless the lamb really is. The adjectives used to describe the lamb are connotative; they make the reader feel protective over the lamb, as the lamb is portrayed as a beautiful and innocent creation.

    • Word count: 942
  19. Chimney Sweeper Commentary - In the strong, opinionated poem entitled The Chimney Sweeper, William Blake

    The first, essential choice of words is present in the title "The Chimney Sweeper." In essence, a "chimney sweeper" is associated with an individual that cleans the dirt out of the chimneys of others. Within the context of this poem, the "chimney sweeper" represents the children that are forced by society to sacrifice their innocence for the sake of society. They are, therefore, forced with an unfair responsibility brought upon the faults of others.

    • Word count: 595
  20. 'Holy Thursday' is a follow-up to one of Blake's earlier poems in the "Songs of Innocence", 'The Chimney Sweeper', which explores the lives of orphans living in London Town

    These clothes could otherwise be called costumes because the act of taking these orphans to church was merely a fa´┐Żade and the children made to act out a role. Blake strongly expresses his disapproval of this because otherwise, these same children would be forced into enslaved positions working as chimneysweepers. Their caretakers are mainly trying to gain some public approval over an otherwise unacceptable act. Blake uses the colours of red, blue and green to dress the children because these colours represent their vitality.

    • Word count: 825
  21. Little Girl Lost

    In the third stanza he begins to tell the story of a young and innocent couple "fill'd with softest care" who meet at dawn in a garden, as Adam and Eve met in the Garden of Eden at the dawn of time.

    • Word count: 364
  22. William Blake’s “A Poison Tree”

    From the beginning he uses them ambiguously to imply what he means without directly telling us. You see how relationship could work through solving discrepancies or problems, simply by talking about it; such state the lines: "I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end" (1 & 2). You can see an obvious change when the communication stops. "I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow"(3). Not only has the friend now become a foe, the anger she's keeping inside continues to fester. This implies that a deeper caring then simple friendship is transpiring between the voice and her "he".

    • Word count: 664

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?
  • Discuss Wordsworth's Prelude in relation to ONE OR MORE of the following: spots of time; the epic; history; childhood; nature.

    "It is possible, then to see Blake's visionary world in a number of ways; as purely concerned with the mental recreation of Eden, as a comment on and presentation of social values, or as a combination of the two. There appears to be in my opinion an inextricable link between the two polemic interpretations of his visions. A coherent social context is unavoidably necessary to permit intelligibility, and usually, as in Blake's case, political and social change are the motivating factors that inspire the need to master reality through art."

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