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  1. "Then, then, abandon each ambitious thought / Conquest or rule thy heart shall feebly move, / In Nature's school, by her soft maxims taught, / That separate rights are lost in mutual love."

    Barbauld's "The Rights of Woman" is a different poem from first reading to second reading. A person might read the first few lines and be convinced of Barbauld's feminist stance and insistence that women rise up and take their rightful reign from man, only to discover later on in the poem that these initial calls to battle are but a mockery in tone of rebellion and an illustration of the initial drive a woman might have towards seeking equality and the usurpation of power, and instead leads the reader along with a tone of submission rather than rebellion.

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

    development of human society and political economy are based upon certain metaphysical assumptions that centre around the concepts of reality, truth, history, humanity, and nature. It is tempting to view Marx and Emerson as being representatives of different sides of the ecophilosophy coin. Indeed Marx has been criticised by Adorno for "perpetuating a belief in economic growth that sees human emancipation at the expense of nature" (Hayward, 43), and by Porrit, who believes that "in the way that they (Marx and Engels)

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  3. Plato's Ethics and Political Philosophy.

    Each part of the soul aims for the good of the individual. So when we compare the two, the properties we attribute to the city are also present in the individual, or more specifically in the soul. The simple city is corrupted by an increase in the population, the community expands to include non-necessities/ luxuries, thus people become driven by the appetite desire. Therefore there is more to human life than simple city can provide, more to human psyche than mere needs. In what sense does Plato's account of human nature and the state treat both as organic?

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  4. 'Nature-nurture is a false dichotomy.' Explain this statement using examples from either Book 1 Chapter 4, or Book 1 Chapter 5.

    Psychologists working within an individual differences perspective try to find universal dimensions of biological difference that can be mapped into individual differences in brain structure and function. Using a simple model of an aspect of the nervous system, researchers have tried to link key aspects of the nervous system to key behaviours. These, in turn are linked to individual differences in personality. The first psychologist who attempted this kind of theory was Hans J. Eysenck (Eysenck, 1967, reported in Thomas, 2002).

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  5. William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939).

    "LEDA AND THE SWAN" by William Butler Yeats 1. A sudden blow: the great wings beating still 2. Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed 3. By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, 4. He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. 5. How can those terrified fingers push 6. The feathered glory from her loosening thighs? 7. How can anybody, laid in that white rush, 8. But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? 9. A shudder in the loins, engenders there 10. The broken wall, the burning roof and tower 11. And Agamemnon dead.

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  6. Barbara Hepworth - presentation.

    She says "All my early memories are of forms, shapes and textures", so she identifies nature with sculture. The last line is also remarkable as Barbara Hepworth is establishing a relationship between nature and the sculptor. One of the most important experiences who contributed to change her work is the visit she paid to Italy when she had become a sculptor herself. In this country she found two of her main preocupations: light and the grouping of people. The importance of light in relation to form will always interest her. Her second preocupation emerged in Venice. There, she realized that when people entered Saint Mark square, they walked in a different way and tended to group themselves because of the enormous proportion of the square and the cathedral.

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  7. Journey to Manhood… An Analysis of "Do You Fear the Wind".

    Throughout the poem, the persona uses strong language when he is speaking. It is almost as if he wants to frighten his addressee. The comfortable atmosphere that is expected when one is at home talking to one's parents is not evident here. There are no soft gentle tones, or kind words of encouragement. Instead, there is this gruesome display of harsh, brutal language, and eccentric commands. It is almost frightening how the addressee is expected to obtain such warrior-like qualities in his quest for manhood.

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  8. A Personal Nature - The poet Robert Frost.

    In this metaphor, swinging in the birches -nature- is compared to leaving your cares behind and being happy again, in this way according to Frank Lentricchia, Frost "grants (the speaker's) wish." These acts of nature give an "original and distinctive vision to the poem" says John C. Kemp. This is obvious in Frank Lentricchia's allusion to Mother Nature in his analysis of the speaker's descent from heaven in which "the blessed pull of the earth is felt again" (Kemp). Because Mother Nature is nature herself the speaker feels that nature has a warm pull on man, further emphasizing and humanizing Frost's consistent use of nature.

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  9. A Role of Settings In Oliver Goldsmith's poem"The Deserted Village".

    How fresh his conception of colours and actions, sights and landscapes is! How realistically he describes the scenes: The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm, The never-failing brook, the busy mill, The decent church that topped the neighbouring hill, The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade Here, I believe, Auburn reproduced Lissoy, the native village of Goldsmith. Nostalgic memoirs of the Irish place Lissoy, where the writer has spend his childhood, are twisted in the poem. The setting express here delightful rural descriptions, tender melancholy of its metrical cadences.

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  10. The Power of the River in A River Runs Through it.

    Being Presbyterians, and sons of a Reverend, but also being sons of a fly-fisherman on the Big Black foot. Norman and Paul learned from their father that "man by nature was a mess and had fallen from an original state of grace"(2). But they also learned that "all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy"(3). Theodore Weinberger said in "Religion and Fly fishing: Taking Norman Maclean Seriously" that "To practice an art is to glorify God. Art allows the human being to sanctify the profane. For Reverend Maclean, the four-count rhythm is the most artful way of fishing because it best allows for the glorification of God"(n.p.).

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  11. Why are women frequently represented as the 'caring s*x'?

    The viewpoint of the theorist will influence the nature of the assumptions made within the theory. Biological theories can be seen to ascertain that gender differentiation of characteristics and traits are to be found at the genetic, biological foundation of human existence. Male characteristics are assumed to be genetically founded, as are the female traits, such as maternal instinct and altruism towards others. Such biological theories as biological determinism argue that there is a genetically inherent aspect to the nature of gender roles that are associated with both males and females. Males are viewed to be the naturally dominant s*x, as their genetic makeup has an aspect to it that makes them dominant to women.

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  12. Assemble a collection of about ten Romantic poems, taken from any source, which focuses on a particular them - Your task is to write a critical introduction to that anthology in which you show your understanding of the poems you have chosen.

    (Bradford: 1996 p231) The age of Romanticism sees the emergence of two generations of poets, with the first featuring William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Blake and the second generation featuring Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats. Most Romantic poets used their creative imagination to place stress upon poet's natural spontaneity and poets such as William Blake and William Wordsworth used established and popular genres of ballad and song to examine contradiction and ambiguity. The common theme that can be identified amongst the poems featured in this anthology is nature.

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  13. Wordsworth compares his infancy to a 'visible scene on which the sun is shining'. How true is this quote? Refer to books I and II of the Prelude.

    Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, an area of the Lake District situated close to the River Derwent. Indeed this scene on the great river is immortalized in his poetry, and so is evidence of the 'visible scene' that is Wordsworth's infancy. Growing up in the 'eye of nature' also did have a profound effect on Wordsworth, both as a boy and later as a man, and it is the subject of nature that shapes and epitomizes the verse of Wordsworth.

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  14. A poet to whom nature is deemed most highly as a means of spiritual revitalization and recollection should naturally produce a piece of work such as 'Tintern Abbey'.

    The personification of the River Wye illustrates again how Wordsworth views his life in relation to nature; "O Sylvan Wye! That wanderer through the woods, How often has my spirit turned to thee!" (Tintern abbey 57-8) Coleridge saw poetry as "shaped by the organic laws of imagination, not by external canons" and Wordsworth reiterated this view, believing that poetry should be "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (William Wordsworth, Preface to the 'Lyrical Ballads' 1800). This emphasis on feeling, creativity and imagination (believed by Coleridge to be the supreme poetic quality)

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  15. How would you perform the role of Yerma in the opening sequence so that important aspects of her character are communicated to an audience?

    As the light changes to "the cheerfulness of a spring morning" there is a voice heard offstage singing. Yerma's waking up could be shown by some sort of attenuated movement that sees her rising in time with the singing. Then as Yerma rises to sit up she could say the line, "Juan do you hear me? Juan!" this could be said in a moderately demanding way, almost like a mother getting her child ready for school. All the while Yerma herself is tired, possibly yawning and rubbing her eyes. The conversation between Yerma and her husband Juan is very important in establishing Yerma's sense of loneliness and her desire for her husband to be something he isn't.

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  16. Anthelmintics are drugs that are used in the treatment of threadworm infections.

    PHARMACOLOGICAL KINECTICS; This drug has a nicotine-like action, stimulating and subsequently blocking the neuromuscular junctions. The paralyzed worms are then passed in the faeces. Ova are not killed. The drug is given orally, is rapidly absorbed and is widely distributed. It crosses the blood-brain barrier. ASSAY; Dissolve 0.200g in 30ml of alcohol and add 5.0ml of 0.01m hydrochloric acid. Carry out a potentiometer titration using 0.1m NaoH.Read the volume added between the two points of inflexion.1ml of 0.1m NaoH is equivalent to 24.08mg of Levamisole Hydrochloride.

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  17. 'Poetry is the image of man and nature' (Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads). Critically evaluate the importance of nature in Romantic poetry.

    Nature becomes an aide-m�moire of the carefree bliss of youth. Nature and youth are intrinsic to the William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. No more is this apparent than in Nurse's Song from Songs of innocence, in which Blake celebrates the purity of childhood. The poem's beginning is the exposition of a pastoral Eden, where: voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill5. while the conclusion: the little ones leaped & shouted & laugh'd And all the hills echoed, the rhythm and repetition of '&' being mimetic of the children's rollicking 'coaser pleasures'6, is a delightful evocation of the innocent bliss of youth.

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  18. Wordsworth's The Prelude.

    Like Wordsworth Jose also experiences death, the death of his friend Medouze and of his grandmother Ma Tine. His environment is already tragic in that everyone around him is barely making a living cutting sugar cane, and the only way to advance is to do well in school. Both Medouze and Ma Tine's death remind Jose of the horrible lives they lived, and he becomes more conscious of the destitute the people and his village are experiencing. Jose plans to continue to work hard in school and use his imagination to continue to write the stories of his village.

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  19. Critical Commentary on Sir Orfeo.

    The passage begins with line 305 and concludes with line 338. This is approximately halfway through Sir Orfeo, thus all characters have been firmly established and the conflict of Heurodis' kidnap has already occurred. The extract is the rising action of the romance, as after ten years of hardship and loneliness, Sir Orfeo is rewarded with the chance to 'biheld hir' and thus continuing the chivalry displayed throughout, he devises a plan to rescue his wife using his music as his only weapon against the fairy king. The section is made up of three different styles, which coexist with and exemplify Sir Orfeo's state of mind.

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  20. Choose one piece of writing you would like to develop further - Chosen piece: George Wither's emblems.

    So, what is an emblem? An emblem is an image with accompanying text. In an emblem there is usually a connection between the image and the language. The themes of emblems are often symbolic and can often be unfamiliar to us as they represent a) historical ideas b) a way of reading that we are not used to. Emblems differ from books today, as they are not meant to be read quickly. The reader is supposed to become absorbed within an emblem, so as they can respond to it in their own unique way.

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  21. An understanding of the framework in which a poem is written (historical, social and cultural) will thus aid informed understanding of the text many critiques believe.

    Whereas a historian or biographer might be immensely interested in the external factors of person, date and ideas current at the time, the quality of the poem should be of primary interest. Many critics take the view however that though indeed the poem itself is of primary interest, the origins of the poem and poet should be investigated.

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  22. Max Müller was a German scholar that studied the oldest Indian texts, the Vedas.

    His theory would be reinforced by the similarities in the oral tradition of the cultures, nature worship, and the personification of nature into gods and goddesses. M�ller's work with the Vedas gave way to his belief that the first Indians did not believe in gods, but that later generations of the children of the Indian people did not see the metaphors as what they were, metaphors, but saw the words of the poems as what was true. Although, there is a touch of uncertainty when it comes to the creation of everything: "Who knows it for certain; who can proclaim it here; namely out of what it was born and where from his creations issued?

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  23. Kimmeridge Marine Reserve, Dorset Wildlife Trust

    They have 35 reserves through out Dorset. Most of them are open on a daily bases and there are visitor centres providing rich wildlife information at Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, Purbeck Nature Reserve and Kingcombe Meadows. The DWT continues to actively seek to extend their holdings in the most endangered habitats in Dorset, including lowland heath (e.g Upton Heath), flower rich hay meadows (e.g Lorton Meadows) and chalk downland (e.g Fontmell Down). The nature conservation value of the reserves are maintained by an annual work programme carried out by Trust estate employees and volunteers groups The DWT is the biggest voluntary organisation in Dorset, and it plays a key position in dealing with local environmental issues.

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  24. Name and explain some of the themes of Wordsworth the Prelude? How are these themes affected by the cultural context both at the time of their composure, and in the modern world?

    Burgess says on Wordsworth's view of nature 'Nature is the great teacher of morals, and the prime bringer of happiness, but much more then that: in Nature resides God' English Literature (1974). This is helpful in explaining his unique way of looking at nature, wanting to 'drink wild water, and to pluck green herbs' perhaps by doing so he may becomes closer to God? To Wordsworth nature and the spirit are linked, nature is the expression of a spiritual truth, and this truth can only be attained through a unity with nature.

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  25. Poetry appreciation of "You're" by Sylvia Plath.

    So once we look at this poem we could relate it with death once again, that is without reading it. The poem's form is rather regular, as the lines are all equal and this creates a very parallel plain effect. The opening line of the poem is kind of confusing. It is a simile, it says, "clown like, happiest on your hands", sometimes clowns are related with evilness. Personally they give me the creeps; on the other hand they are happy and joyous. When she says 'happiest on your hands, feet to the stars", I picture one doing a handstand.

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