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  1. 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
  2. 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.

    • Word count: 1736
  3. 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.

    • Word count: 1164
  4. 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)

    • Word count: 1481
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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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.

    • Word count: 1468
  11. "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.

    • Word count: 1774
  12. 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.

    • Word count: 1172
  13. To what extent may the subjective nature of perception be regarded as an advantage for artists but an obstacle for scientists?

    Perception is the active, selective and interpretative process of recording the external world through sensory experiences. These characteristics of perception hamper the scientist's ability to gain objective knowledge in their respective fields. However, the social scientist utilizes that interpretative process to determine the meaning or motive behind human actions. For the natural scientist, the scientific method is the principal method for learning about nature. Perception becomes of the utmost importance during the data collection and analysis stages. During these stages, the scientist uses his senses to collect knowledge about his experiment which can later be analyzed and published.

    • Word count: 1319
  14. Psychology is defined as a scientific study of human mind and behaviour processes. Discuss.

    The task of understanding behaviour can be related to perception. Rather than being a passive representation of sensory input, perception is an active process of selecting and interpreting the information provided by our senses. Faced with the complexity and diversity of behaviour, psychologists make choices in terms of what aspects to study, the research methods to be used and other issues. These choices are reflected in the different approaches to the study of psychology, which differ in their basic assumptions about behaviour, as well as their methods and theories. There are five major approaches which are influential in psychology and they are: * The Biological approach(nature-nurture)

    • Word count: 1919
  15. Expound and assess Aristotle's doctrine of natural slavery

    By virtue of this principle, the soul rules the body and this rule is that of a master (as opposed to the rule, within the soul, of reason over emotion, which he classes as that of the statesman or monarch.) This same rule can be observed in the relation between man and animal and the relation between natural master, who possesses the rational faculty of the soul, and natural slave, who possesses only bodily powers and the faculty to understand the directions given by another's' reason1 but has no ability for reasoning in himself.

    • Word count: 1209
  16. Nature itself is first and foremost a category of the human imagination, therefore best treated as a part of culture.' Discuss? This assignment is effectively based on the systematic branch of geography,

    Anthropology is of course the study of humankind, of ancient and modern people and their ways of living, and furthermore it is a subject which helps draw comparisons to both nature and culture as a whole. As a term culture is extremely wide-ranging in that it provides many linkages to various other concepts. It may not be clear to people but many use the term culture without thinking much about it and therefore they use it in incorrect circumstances. The word culture derived form the Latin word cultra and from then onwards the word developed entering England around the fifteenth century.

    • Word count: 1756
  17. Compare and contrast Joanna Baillie's poem 'A Mother to her Waking Infant" (Anthology 54) with Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem 'Frost at Midnight" (Anthology 181).

    This poem is structured in a Romantic verse monologue. This is evident in the use of blank verses, unrhymed and an in iambic pentameter. The poem is framed with the image of frost in the beginning and the end of the poem. The use of frost represents both an imagination as well as the image of cold and frozen as apposed to feeling and warmth. The poem also creates a sense of calmness and solitude in the surroundings of the poem, in contrast to his inner feelings, which is filled with mixed emotions.

    • Word count: 1359
  18. Is it true that early Greek Philosophers discovered nature?

    Then It will discuss Anaxamenses who talks of the four elements that Anaxamander had discussed. This is interesting as it gives us another point of view on the same topic from another Philosopher. It will also claim that Empedocles was the first philosopher to claim that these elements were primordial. This essay will go into depth about Empedocles book "On Nature". Lastly, Anaxagoras was another philosopher who discussed and observed vortexes and spiral phenomenon in nature which fixated him, he is discussed in this essay as he questioned a lot about our planet and the atmosphere around us.

    • Word count: 1577
  19. Nature vs. Science in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark"

    Science is described in this story as "mystical" (396) and "magical" (402), proving that the work Aylmer was doing was considered to be a kind of magic or voodoo by those people with no scientific education. Early on in the story, the reader discovers that Aylmer has been impregnated by the idea that ultimate perfection, in every aspect, is attainable through science. This becomes the driving force behind Aylmer's motives as he searches for a solution to "the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions" (398).

    • Word count: 1159
  20. Essay Question: 'Several of the poems from Different Cultures seem to be encouraging people to discover their true selves and

    In 1987, the southern coast of England was hit by hurricane winds, these hurricane winds were rarely experienced in England, in the Caribbean, on the other hand, hurricanes are a regular occurrence and had been part of Grace Nichols' childhood. Concerning the 1987 English hurricane, the poet felt that the voices of the old gods were in the wind, specifically within the Sussex, in fact, for the first time she sensed a closeness to the English landscape like never before, and felt that the Caribbean had come to England. She now feels at home both in Guyana and in England.

    • Word count: 1813
  21. Speech introducing the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop

    These harsh lessons of life, so early learned, left a void in Bishop's life, the void of a settled loving family. Her poem 'Filling Station' explores the themes of love and family which depicts her longing to be loved and to belong. The poem describes a family living amongst the oil and dirt of a filling station. At first she dismisses the filthy place 'Oh but it is dirty!' But as in much of her poetry Bishop looks beyond the obvious to find a beauty and homeliness within all the dirt.

    • Word count: 1275
  22. Plato's Symposium

    Interestingly, during this speech Aristophanes gets the hiccups. This could be a means for Plato to remind the reader that despite the abstract and spiritual nature of the dialogue, the people involved are mortal and therefore affected by mortal conditions. Eryximachus seems to give his support to Phaedrus and Pausanias in his speech. He concurs that Love is the ultimate power by claiming that "it directs everything that occurs".(186b) Therefore, as everything entails both good and bad, he agrees with Pausanias' theory of the dual nature of Love and believes that good Love helps to promote moderation and order.

    • Word count: 1803
  23. From Your Readings ofMid-Term Break, Diary of a Church Mouse and Prayer before Birth, what insights do you get about human behavior? What literary techniques are used to heighten the experience?

    One of the most important insights into human behavior is that people in power try to limit ones freedom (as in communist and fascist regimes) and MacNeice draws our attention to this in stanza 2, "I fear that the human race with tall walls wall me', where it suggests that creativity and freedom of speech is being confined, which is of utmost importance to MacNeice as a poet (and critic). In the last stanza, MacNeice is concerned about being forced to alter his identity as the fetus asks for strength against those who "freeze my humanity....

    • Word count: 1158
  24. "For the Record": Images Creating a Theme.

    For example, the second stanza reads, "If here or there a house... poisoned those who lived there with slow fumes over years" (Rich, lines 7-10). The vehicle of a house literally poisoning its inhabitants is a metaphor because it is clearly impossible. A house can not poison someone. The tenor suggests that a house is being filled with toxic fumes, possibly carbon monoxide, for whatever reason, and the people who live in the house are being poisoned. The term fume can also be defined as a state of resentment or vexation, which suggests that the residents of the house are unhappy living there ("fume").

    • Word count: 1128
  25. A Rose Is But A Rose: Parker vs. H.D.

    The use of tone can be considered to be crucial when depicting concrete and vivid imagery. The "Sea Rose" conveys a vague tone of cacophony which shows H.D's proclivity to lack detailed ideas or focus. On the other hand, Dorothy Parker's ability to communicate her beliefs through her story like interpretation creates a more observable use of pessimism. While both women adhere to the imagist movement both had similar ideals but very different styles. Through the use of harsh sounding words H.D illustrates a tattered rose thrown out to sea, where the poem's tone is filled with emotions of somberness.

    • Word count: 1839

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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