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  1. Free essay

    Write a close analysis of Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the lake of Esthwaite from William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridges Lyrical Ballads, discussing whatever features of language or themes seem important.

    The poem The Dungeon is an extract from a play by Coleridge. It is part of a soliloquy from Osorio spoken by the hero after being imprisoned. The poem focuses on the social injustices made by mankind; specifically that prison is no place for a man to be or to reflect on his guilt. Therefore, the poem argues that one crime cannot not be 'cured' by another crime (imprisonment) this is described as unjust and immoral but Coleridge suggests that 'nature' is the 'true cure' of this indignation "O nature/ Healest thy wandering and distempered child:"2.

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  2. An analysis of 'Nutting' by William Wordsworth

    In the first half of stanza one the poet uses enjambment to create a natural flow and rhythm that mirrors the poet's view of nature at this point in the poem. Wordsworth's use of enjambment, along with end-stopped lines, is also used throughout the first stanza to modulate emotion and create pace by speeding up and slowing down the language; the speaker goes from recalling the beauty, silence and calmness of the woods to the noisy 'merciless' ravaging of the trees, then back to peace once more.

    • Word count: 1422
  3. Write an essay of 1,500 words, in which you compare and contrast the way nature is represented in the following Romantic poem and extract from a Romantic poem: Percy Bysshe Shelleys Mont Blanc and lines 452-542 fro

    The 'second generation', however, in which Shelley is included, belong to the post-war period, and having lived neither through the Revolution itself nor the reaction, they saw this change of view as a betrayal. Shelley's writing can be characterized as a continuous rebellion aiming at the establishment of the reign of love and freedom in human society. 'Mont Blanc' constitutes an impressive statement of his belief in a benevolent force in Nature and of moral activity in man. Likewise, Wordsworth's Book 6 from The Prelude, entitled 'Cambridge and the Alps', aims at charting 'the growth of a poet's mind', with particular emphasis on the importance of Nature, which is always a key notion in his philosophy and poetry.

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  4. Daughter of Kami: Shinto and Christian themes in 'Nausica of the Valley of the Wind'

    For ease of reference to the film, I use names and terms as they appear in the English-dubbed version of Nausica� released in 2005, to convey the Shinto and Christian elements found in the film, looking at broad themes as well as symbols. Film synopsis The story in Nausica� takes place a thousand years after a global war, the "Seven Days of Fire." Great Warriors, biological weapons with nuclear capabilities, destroyed everything. However, enclaves of surviving human colonies exist throughout the Fukai, or the Sea of Decay.

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  5. Joyce Kilmer's "Trees"

    He speaks about the relationship of the tree with the earth, the man's sense of introspection with regards to the tree, and the almighty power of God. These innate human and natural characteristics contrive fundamentally "good" poetic emotions from the poem, and create the predisposition that is in opposition of the argument Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren issue. Degrees of expression are used with each instant of thought to supply a particular depth to resolve different intensities of signification.

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  6. Commentary on Tennant's Battlers

    I predict that whatever has taken place will change Snow's homecoming from what he expects it to be like. "Snow was not any too eager to reach home" is given as the reason for his decision to take the longer route (l.4). Tennant's use of litotes is effective in emphasizing how, contrary to what one might expect, this prodigal father's homecoming is "never the scene of wild enthusiasm" (l.5). Tennant subtly characterizes Snow through the reactions of others, albeit from times prior to this one. The lack of enthusiasm is clear in the son's "Hey, Mum, Dad's here," which lacks the diction of joy or surprise, and in the wife's "grimly" said "Hello! so you're back, are you?" (7)

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  7. Poetry Analysis on Binsey Poplars by Gerard Hopkins

    By doing this, the poet portrays an image of an axe striking tree trunks. The poet proceeds by using alliteration to display the way in which the shadows of the trees could be seen along the "wind-wandering weed-winding bank" where the river and meadow met. In order to emphasise the shadows of the trees, the poet also uses internal rhyme: "dandled a sandalled". In the second stanza, Hopkins speaks of the aftermath of the destruction. The poet begins this verse by using strong words such as "hew" and "delve" to describe our harsh actions upon the earth, for our "country is so tender" that even harming it a little can permanently alter it.

    • Word count: 772
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    Write an essay of 1500 words, in which you compare and contrast the treatment of the City in the following Romantic poem and extract from a Romantic poem: Mary Robinson's 'January 1795' and lines 624-741 from Book Seventh of The Prelude by William Wordswo

    Indeed the poet presents four different visions of London - tranquillity, chaos, loss of social order and a return to order - which I shall analyse further. In the first section of this extract (lines 624-642) Wordsworth celebrates the tranquillity of the city streets at night. He uses metaphor to compare human-life to a tide that 'stands still' (line 631). This peacefulness is echoed in lines 634-635: 'The calmness, beauty of the spectacle; Sky, stillness, moonshine, empty streets and sounds' Wordsworth employs an alliterative technique, repeating the letter 's' to produce an audible swishing sound akin to the sea lapping against the shore, inducing an idyllic sound of calmness.

    • Word count: 1790
  9. Daffodils by William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth, one of the best English romantic poets ever, gave us this beautiful poem ''Daffodils''. Thanks to his Lyrical Ballads, we saw the the Romantic movement in literature. The Prelude is supposed to be the best work of this man, but this poem based on nature, happens to be one which we can't dare to avoid. I was forced to study this one more than once in my school days, which means that I still have every line going through my mind, especially while I am closer to the nature! Wordsworth was often called the poet of nature, thanks to his poems which gives new meaning to nature!

    • Word count: 596
  10. Analysis of Wordsworth's Poem

    Angrily, the poet accuses the modern age of losing its connection to nature and to everything meaningful. Man no longer appreciates nature and instead he exploits it for his own material gain. As a result, we are "out of tune" with nature. This relatively simple poem states that humans are too preoccupied with the material "Getting and spending" and they have lost touch with the spiritual. Hence, this will not help people in life, "It moves us not." In the sestet, the poet proposes an impossible personal solution to his problem; he wishes he could have been raised as a pagan.

    • Word count: 566
  11. Original writing coursework

    Here it was clear that humans had total and complete control and Mother Nature had no power. The sun was high in the sky shining brightly overhead bearing down with hot burning fingers piercing the skin and tearing at the flesh within. A slow stream snaked lazily round a bend, licking the corners but never quite touching them it seemed. Then the stream rose up to meet with the main hall of the abbey and they two joined like lovers as the stream ran down to the east wing. Now the noise was ceasing, dying back as if cut by an invisible sword it was loosing its grip on the would be quiet abbey ruins.

    • Word count: 1167
  12. On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff - Compare and contrast the ways in which two poets communicate feelings about the passing of time

    To show the change in tone, in stanza 1, line 3 the poets says: "The woman whom I loved so, and who loyally loved me." But in stanza 5, line 3 the mood is different: "And nor knows nor cares for Beeny, and will laugh there nevermore." In the first passage the tone is joyful as the poet uses "loved" twice which is seen as something to be blissful to be loved or to love someone. It also shows everyone is happy as it says "woman who I loved so" and "who loyally loved me".

    • Word count: 1345
  13. romanticism in 'The Tyger' by William Blake, 'On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year' by Lord Byron and 'The World is Too Much with Us' by William Wordsworth.

    The tiger is not revealed as a good or bad animal, but like something amazing and frightening. The poet begins this poem; in the first stanza by imagining the tiger burning in the jungle at night: 'Tyger, Tyger, burning bright, in the forests of the night...' This also suggests that the tiger was born from fire; it was imitated rather than created. He then asks: 'What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?' Here the immortal hands and eye refer to God; the symmetry refers to the tiger. This is the first question asked in the poem; from here onwards each following stanza has further questions, all of which refine the first.

    • Word count: 1682
  14. Illustrate and explain how different poets make use of the traditional imagery of nature in a range of poems you have studied.

    Nature's symbols and images have been used to express a range of ideas. The theme of nature can be used to help describe human behaviour and emotions, and as a source of inspiration to help draw ideas and help develop them in the poets mind. The natural world has been written about by many authors and poets. 'Welcome to Spring' by John Lyly is a nature poem, but it is about human nature, and human behaviour. It is about dark human behaviour, about a r**e, by a Greek King. It is describing a Greek myth about a King who raped his wife's sister and cut out her tongue so she could not tell anyone.

    • Word count: 1247
  15. Analysis of The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

    The second chapter contains two major ideas. The first is Turner's defense and explanation of the appropriateness of anger. Turner thinks that society wrongly taught the people to repress and fear their emotions. Turner finds primal emotions to be necessary to our survival, as well as the survival of the wild. He explains that anger occurs when we defend something we love or something we feel is sacred. He reminds us to cherish our anger and use it to fuel rebellion. Turner criticizes the cowardice of modern environmentalists in the following passage: "The courage and resistance shown by the Navajos at Big Mountain, by Polish workers, by blacks in South Africa, and, most extraordinarily, by Chinese students in Tiananmen

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  16. Why I beleive that 'She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways' by William Wordsworth and 'Muliebrity' by Sujata Bhatt are memorable poems.

    Wordsworth's explicit love for nature is obvious due to his mastery of the language which allows him to bring such emotion and power into his poem without the use of sophisticated words. Wordsworth shows his love for nature through his poem 'She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways' where he shows his sentiments for a girl living alone with nature. In this poem the girl, Lucy, is considered a child of nature. She is pure like the earth and perhaps has grown up along with nature.

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  17. I will explore the romantic aspects in William Wordsworth's poems 'The Daffodils,' Percy Shelley's poem 'Ozymandias' and William Blake's poem 'The Tyger.'The poem 'Daffodils' contains various characteristics that would classify it as a romantic poem

    A prime example from his work to prove this is, 'Little we see in Nature that is ours.' Anti-establismentism was another aspect of romanticism, as all romantics opposed to established institutions such as the Church and the Monarchy. Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the main romantics along side William Blake that disputed against institutions such as mentioned above. The ancient and exotic were another attribute of romanticism, as romantics were fascinated by different cultures which differentiated by either time or distance.

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  18. Photographer, born in San Francisco, California, USA

    After several incidents at school, he was taken out of school and taught at home by his father. Eventually, he reentered school and received an eighth grade diploma from the Wilkins School. Around the age of 13, he began taking piano lessons and became seriously interested in music. It was through music, that he became a better disciplined person and learned how to use art to channel his emotions. He studied under the very prominent pianist, Frederich Zech. It was through his training that Adams grew to love music and was an accomplished pianist himself.

    • Word count: 800
  19. NATURE, natural, and the group of words derived from them, or allied to them in etymology, have at all times filled a great pl

    According to the Platonic method which is still the best type of such investigations, the first thing to be done with so vague a term is to ascertain precisely what it means. It is also a rule of the same method that the meaning of an abstraction is best sought for in the concrete---of an universal in the particular. Adopting this course with the word Nature, the first question must be, what is meant by the ``nature'' of a particular object?

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  20. What are the central themes in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

    As the mariner goes in search of understanding and redemption, the supernatural world clearly engulfs him. His world is based in a nightmare universe, always with elements of the realistic world present. For much of the poem, it is set in an empty ocean, the mariner adrift on a boat by himself, symbolically cut off and isolated from the rest of the world and human companionship.

    • Word count: 547
  21. Compare and contrast the views on human nature and conflict of any two of the following thinkers: Thucydides, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Schmitt, Morgenthau, Kissinger or Mearscheimer. Machiavelli and Thucydides

    � For Machiavelli, man is alone and helpless in this world. Even if God is perhaps friend to the valiant and he, or Christ, may at times bring some relief to the wretched, man's condition in this world remains disconsolate.1 Human Nature in Machiavelli is a simple concept. It would not do Machiavelli's reputation justice to miss out what he 'generally' thinks of 'all men': ...one can generally say this about men: they are ungrateful, fickle simulators and deceivers, avoiders of danger, and greedy for gain. While you work for their benefit they are completely yours, offering you their blood...when the need to do so is far away.

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  22. Human nature in Thucydides Thucydides says, after describing the Corcyra civil war: Then, with the ordinary conventions of civilized life thrown into confusion

    We cannot simply take the words and read into them that they pertain to any human situation at any time. Rather we should take them as they were presented, in the context of the human situation in which they are given - that of war (impending, possible or dissuadable). We are able to judge for ourselves that 'human nature' at any point, necessarily depends upon all the forces surrounding it, and this The History agrees. Additionally, it only remains to be said that Thucydides is thus obviously relating to us how the 'warring' part of human nature reveals itself:

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  23. "Design, pattern or what I am in the habit of calling inscape, is what I above all aim at in poetry." Discuss Hopkins' poetry in the light of this statement.

    This however is juxtaposed by the following sestet when Hopkins speaks of God; the rhyming scheme changes and becomes less precise, the language also becomes more complicated and the use of repetition combined with alliteration and assonance throughout creates a confused atmosphere. Unusually however, it is not this closing which is harder to understand, but the opening octet that appears cloudy and unclear. 'Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; ' These two lines are taken from the octet which Hopkins has used to represent mankind.

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  24. The supernatural in Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient mariner" & the uncanny in Hoffman's the "Sandman"

    Whereas Uncanny '' has to do with a sense of strangeness, mystery or eeriness. More particularly it concerns a sense of familiarity which appears at the very heart of the familiar, or else a sense of familiarity which appears at the very heart of the unfamiliar.'' (An Introduction to literature, Criticism and Theory, 1995, p.33'). The "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", discusses a story in how a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole ; and how from thence it made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean ; and of the strange things that befell ; and in what manner the Ancient Mariner came back to his own Country.

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  25. Show how Freud impacted on writing of the 20th century with reference to one novel

    The children find themselves trapped on an island, isolated from society and civilisation. It is an island sufficient for their survival; there is plenty of fruit and nuts for their consumption, and they are free from predation. And it is in this absence of fear for survival that their Freudian "Id"1 responses of desire begin to manifest themselves; the children begin wanting to hunt, wanting to exclude the weak, and wanting power. Golding first dramatises the children's Id response in the first election.

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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?
  • Write a detailed analysis of 'Michael' and two of Wordsworth's sonnets - Discuss similarities and differences between these poems and give a personal response.

    "I find all the poems to be enjoyable and quite entertaining. They also express Wordsworth's philosophy in very simple stories. The stories are all assumed by me to be true, due to the use of names of places, and their correct detailed descriptions. All poems are similar in theme, using love, nature and God as prominent aspects. My favourite poem is 'It is a beauteous evening..', a sonnets format is very attractive to the ear, with regular rhyme and beat. The theme is very relaxing and beautifully written, words like 'calm', 'quiet', 'nun' and 'gentleness' are all used, they give a loving image of nature and people. Using contrast between words also evokes emotion, such as 'thunder' to describe the rowdy sea. The moral of the sonnet a good one too, it is introduced in the sestet, while the octave describes the surroundings and the mood. In the sestet it describes a girl who, despite appearances, is as close to God, and appreciative of nature as her companion is. For all these reasons, in my personal opinion, I believe 'It is a beauteous evening..' is best at sending over it's message, while also giving entertainment, though I thought all were very good. 1 English Coursework Final Draft-Aled Jones"

  • On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff - Compare and contrast the ways in which two poets communicate feelings about the passing of time

    "In conclusion, both poems use similar techniques to portray the feelings in each one. The poems are different in what they are trying to convey yet the similar methods seem to be suitable in both cases. On Wenlock Edge is telling the story of nature's long battle with man and its destructive manner. The uses of alliteration, repetition and tone help show how over a long period of time nature wins its battles. In Beeny Cliff the poem is told through the eyes of a man whose mood changes in the poem. At the beginning he is happy and contented but by the end he is sadder and shows the change over a short amount of time. Both poems convey negative feelings with their tones. On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff use nature mainly to describe feelings and time but On Wenlock Edge shows the everlasting way of nature while Beeny Cliff uses nature to portray people's feelings."

  • Compare and Contrast The Concept of Nature in the Works of Karl Marx and Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "It is hard to come to any definite conclusion as to where Marx and Emerson stand as regards their concepts of nature, but what I have tried to show is that the fact that Marx can be shown to be a techno-centric productivist and that Emerson can be shown to be in reverence of the unfathomable wonders of spiritual nature does not mean that Emerson is the head and Marx is the tail of eco-philosophy coin, and neither does it necessarily mean that Emerson is more "deep - green" than Marx, although it may at first look like it."

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