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At Grass by Philip Larkin - In the poem "At grass" by Philip Larkin the poet writes about his encounter with two retired horses. A passage of time is significant in this poem as it is only after the poet thinks back to what the horse’s life was like before it they retired that he has a change of mind and realises that they are probably better off now than they were in the past. The first hint that the poet gives us, is in his title of the poem "At Grass" as this gives the impression that the horses are at rest and away from all the races and secondly lets the reader know that the horses are retired....   [tags: Poetry] 1097 words
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Joy and Darkness in William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ - Both William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ come from his book ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience. He first wrote ‘ Songs of Innocence’, published in 1789 followed by ‘ Songs of Experience’ in 1794. Though those two books were put together as one, there is a huge difference between the two: Songs of Innocence is written in a joyful way, whereas Songs of Experience is a darker and less joyful book. The first Chimney Sweeper poem was to be found in the Songs of Innocence. The poem talks about little children having to work as chimney sweepers....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1013 words
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Dover Beach - ... 3-5) With “Come to the window, sweet is the night air. / Only, from the long line of spray” we not only smell and taste the incoming tide, but we even feel it on our skin (ll. 6-7). Heretofore the poem is rooted in concrete, tangible descriptions of the visible world that will contrast with the more nebulous remainder of the poem. Essentially, the first eight lines are the firmament that the rest of the poem stands on. Both structurally and metaphorically, while it questions the concept of questions, it is what’s known....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1199 words
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"All must love the human form" - ... The third stanza is where Blake gives the four abstract qualities to man which makes them recognizable because of their features. Next, in his final stanza, he uses common prejudices of his day to offer a universal vision of God that transcends to all religious, racial, and cultural boundaries (Granger). He states that where “mercy, love and pity dwell there God is dwelling too,” which reinforces the idea that wherever those attributes lie in people, God is there too. Blake also makes changes in the four virtues, such as, in the fourth stanza “love” is out of order which emphasizes its importance over the other three virtues....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Overview of Dulce et Decorum Est - ... The soldiers are “drunk with fatigue” and their senses are diluted, but they march forward without acknowledgement of the falling bullets behind them. This stanza portrays the severe condition of a soldier’s health during war, and it sets the stage for the depiction of death in the second stanza. The second stanza provides the reader with a feeling of chaos associated with the gas attack on his company and death of a fellow soldier. Moran writes: its first four words stressed and monosyllabic—heightens the reader’s sense of the soldier’s urgency; Likewise, the verbs “fumbling,” “stumbling,” “floundering,” and “drowning” are connected by the sounds of their ending a well as their depictions f the men made graceless and spasmodic....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” - ... Continuing on to stanza four Gray begins to describe the graves in the country churchyard and those who lie there. He states, “Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, / Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, / Each in his narrow cell forever laid, / the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep” (13-16). The disturbance of the earth in line fourteen “heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap” showing the presence of a cemetery becomes the first concrete example of death used in the poem....   [tags: Literature]
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Digging - ... The final line is future tense in order to show that Seamus understands that his work is writing. The first stanza of the poem says the pen in his hand fits “snug as a gun” (line 2. The second stanza is Heaney looking down from is window to see his father digging. Then in the next stanza he is looking at the past, at his father digging in the same place twenty years prior. The space between “I look down” and “Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds” (line 5-6), creates the gap of time....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Seamus Heaney] 1098 words
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The Bells - ... In the words tinkle, night, twinkle, delight, time, and tintinnabulation, Poe’s sharp t sound creates the sense of a clashing of bells (4-9). The t alliteration provides a clinging and merry sound of bells. Since the bells describe a delightful and melodic tone, the quick and sharp melody of t sounds contributes to a pleasing and joyful tone. Ultimately, the repetition of the word bells impacts the overall flow and melody of the poem. The repetition of the bells mimics the sound of bells ringing (12-14)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Edgar Allan Poe] 1119 words
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The Fall of the House of Usher - ... The attack of the spirits leaves the palace a dark and gloomy place. But this literal translation of the poem does not show its metaphorical meaning. A metaphor of the poem can be found through the organization of the poem as a whole. Stanza I describes the setting of the poem: “In the greenest of our valleys” (1.1). It also mentions the palace which is in the valley. Stanza II describes the palace in more detail, labelling it as a beautiful place. Stanza III gives information on the tenants of the palace; spirits live inside with “the ruler of the realm” (3.8)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Edgar Allen Poe] 1058 words
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To Autumn - ... How Keats keeps to the structure of iambic pentameter, can symbolize the structure of the seasons. Every year, spring, summer, fall and winter will occur, it is very structured. As a whole, the structure and sound of the poem is simple and consistent and there is nothing special or unusual. Keats seems to keep it simple, so that the reader can focus more on the literary elements and the meanings and themes he is trying to convey. In “To Autumn” one of the most prominent literary elements that Keats uses is personification, to help achieve the imagery that is used to highlight the beauty that can be found in nature and other aspects of our world....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Keats] 1397 words
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The Literary Techniques Used to Evoke the World of Senses in Keats Odes - ... The use of assonance within the sixth stanza lure’s the sense of hearing through the stressing of vowel sounds. The use of sound also demonstrates the poet oppressed and disheartened mood, the long, stressed vowel sounds in the fourth stanza reflect this dejected nature in the poet, and suggest sounds of moaning or groaning in the reader’s aural sense, “Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.” In the fourth stanza combinations of images address the sense of touch by the onomatopoeia describing”the breezes blown”, and sight from the lack of luminous features, “But here there is no light”....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 1576 words
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Response to Langston Hughes' Poem I, too, sing America - Hughes, Langston. “I Too. Sing America.” New York Times 5 Jan 2010: A16 Online. [Summary] This poem is about the struggle of a working minority, a black man, suffering the hardship of unfair labor. Langston Hughes gives out such a real and positive impact on the read, too which makes them think about how they can hope for the future. ' But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong ' This doesn't only suggest that he is getting stronger physically but also mentally which states that he doesn't take the slavery personal and hopes for tomorrow and he knows that tomorrow will be better and he believes that slavery will be stopped, and white people will see how beautiful his people are and appreciate them.....   [tags: poetry, poem analysis] 745 words
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Use of Language and Structure to Illustrate the Journey of Death in Dickinson's Poem, Because I Could Not Stop For Death - Emily Dickinson had unconventional views, which may explain the disconcertingly charming way in which she describes death in this poem. She presents the arrival of "Death" as a friend, or even a bridegroom, to escort the narrator in a leisurely manner towards her tomb. An awareness of immortality is conveyed throughout the poem by various literary techniques. The poem consists of six quatrains with no regular rhyme pattern, except for an occasional abcb half-rhyme. The numerous internal rhymes, and the alliteration however, creates a smooth and leisurely pace....   [tags: literary techniques, poetry] 831 words
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Horror of War in Dulce et Decorum Est - Horror of War in Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" is a magnificent, and terrible, description of a gas attack suffered by a group of soldiers in World War 1. One of this group is unable to get on his helmet, and suffers horribly. Through his shifting rhythms, dramatic description, and rich, raw images, Owen seeks to convince us that the horror of war far outweighs the patriotic cliches of those who glamorize war. In the first of four stanzas, Owen presents the death-like calm before the storm of the gas attack....   [tags: Dulce et Decorum Est Essays] 460 words
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An Analysis of William Wordsworth's Daffodils - An Analysis of William Wordsworth's Daffodils Works Cited Not Included Daffodils are happy flowers.  They are the first flower of spring and seeing them brings joy to many people.  William Wordsworth is considered a poet of nature and a topographic or landscape poet.  Wordsworth's "Daffodils" has a meaning and structure in which different techniques such as figurative language, imagery, and personification are used to successfully express his joy and feelings of glee in the vision of the daffodils dancing in the breeze....   [tags: Wordsworth Daffodils Essays] 491 words
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Perspectives of the Characters in The Young Housewife - Perspectives of the Characters in The Young Housewife From the first stanza we decipher that there is a young housewife moving about her husbands house in negligee. Some important questions that come to my mind are: Is she alone?, and why is she moving. The answer to both of these questions we do not know. Is this young housewife dancing around the house in her negligee because her and her husband had a wonderfully romantic night, or is she merely shuffling along performing her wifely chores and duties....   [tags: Young Housewife Essays] 531 words
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Bnl - When I Fall Poetry - “When I fall” is a lyrical song written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. It is about a window washer who is at a critical moment in his life. The song is structured in such a way that a progression and transformation is seen in the window washers troubles from worrisome to life threatening. The window washer is the persona of the poem, and in the first stanza he expresses a fear. He is somewhere he doesn’t want to be and is scared. This is followed by the chorus of the song in which it is made clear that he wants to make a change in his life, but is afraid of failure....   [tags: essays research papers] 530 words
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Analysis of The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks - Analysis of The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks The poem “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks was written in 1945. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first child of David and Keziah Brooks. She was born on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas. Brooks wrote her first poem when she was 13 years old and was published in the children’s. Moreover she was the first black author to win the Pulitzer prize. magazine. In 1938 she was married to Henry Blakely and had two children. After a long battle of cancer Brooks died in December 3, 2000....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, The Mother, Gwendolyn Brooks] 429 words
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The Spherical Image as the Central Paradox in Valediction: for Weeping - The Spherical Image as the Central Paradox in Valediction: for Weeping   In John Donne's "A Valediction: for Weeping," the speaker consoles his lover before leaving on a sea voyage and begs her not to cry.  Crying, the speaker tells his lover this poem at the docks before he boards his ship going abroad.  Donne uses a spherical image as the central metaphor in his poem. When Donne uses irony, paradox, and hyperbole including the use of round images such as: coins, globes, and tears he strengthens the spherical conceit.  By comparing two "seeming" opposites like tears and love as his conceit, Donne uses the spherical image as the central paradox in "A Valediction: Of Weeping."         Donne opens the poem with the speaker crying while talking to his lover before his departure abroad.  His first spherical images are in the first stanza,  and they are tears and coins:             "Let me pour forth      My tears before thy face whilst I stay here,      For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear,      And by this mintage they are something worth," (1-4)   Both the coins and his tears have "worth," literal and figurative values respectively.  His tears fall from his face because he hurts for leaving, something no amount of coins can pay to alleviate....   [tags: Valediction for Weeping Essays] 1086 words
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The Formalistic Approach to Hay's Rapunzel - The Formalistic Approach to Hay's Rapunzel Prayer has been always a symbol of faith, and even in modern poetry it is still used as a desperate cry to the One in Heaven. One of the great examples of this desperate cry would be Sara Henderson Hay's "Rapunzel".After reading her modern version, familiarity with Grimm's fairy tale "Rapunzel" will reveal a completely new interpretation. Sara Hay chooses Rapunzel's prayer to be in the sonnet structure. Sonnet, being a part of a lyric genre, represents the most personal and direct speaking manner....   [tags: Hay Rapunzel Essays] 834 words
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Essay on Nonsense Language in Carroll's Jabberwocky - The Importance of Nonsense Language and Sounds in Carroll's Jabberwocky     "Wn a bby fst ts 2 kmnikt the wrds snd gibberish. " No one knows what the baby is trying to say. The poem, "Jabberwocky," written by Lewis Carroll, uses meaningless speech to either frustrate or amuse the reader. When trying to pronounce the nonsense words in the poem, the sounds of the words come out as gibberish. The sounds are the important element of the poem. Often, people like to hear poets read in languages they cannot understand....   [tags: Carroll Jabberwocky Essays] 1029 words
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To His Coy Mistress Essay: Imagery, Symbolism, and Descriptions - Imagery, Symbolism, and Descriptions in To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell in his poem describes a young man convincing his fair mistress to release herself to living in the here and now.  He does this by splitting the poem up into three radically different stanzas.  The first takes ample time to describe great feelings of love for a young lady, and how he wishes he could show it.  The idea of time is developed early but not fully.  The second stanza is then used to show how time is rapidly progressing in ways such as the fading of beauty and death.  The third stanza presses the question to the young mistress; will she give herself to the young man and to life?  Although each stanza uses different images, they all convey the same theme of living life to the fullest and not letting time pass is seen throughout....   [tags: Andrew Marvell Poem] 1160 words
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Thom Gunn’s Donahue’s Sister - Thom Gunn’s Donahue’s Sister       Thom Gunn was a poet who often wrote of common hardships in every day life.  Gunn’s writing style and choice of topics makes it obvious that he was writing in the middle to late twentieth century, and this is what draws people of today to his work.  I believe that not only are people able to relate better to Gunn because of his topic selection but because of the time period the majority of his work is written in.     In the twentieth century, particularly since the 1950’s or so, we have witnessed as a society; the arrival of AIDS, an increasing amount of single parent families, an increase in drug and alcohol use among young people, controversy over homosexuality, and an increasing number of instances where we, as a country, have seen that money and power can get anyone off for any crime or wrong-doing.  In “Donahue’s Sister”, Gunn writes from a point of view that more than half of our population can probably relate to because almost all of us know someone with a drinking problem or have one of our own.  “Donahue’s Sister” shows the frustration of a brother as he explains the degree of severity that his sister’s drinking problem has reached.  The poem puts us in Donahue’s body from the start so as if we are looking at her standing at the head of the stairs, drunk beyond recovery.  Although there is surely room for different interpretations, I believe “Donahue’s Sister” is written by Gunn primarily to show the destruction that addiction can do to a person or a relationship....   [tags: Donahues Sister]
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Rhyme And Rythm in Blake's A Divine Image - Rhyme And Rythm in Blake's A Divine Image In "A Divine Image", Blake uses several techniques and literary devices, to transmit his thoughts about social injustice, cruelty and human nature, Rhyme and rhythm are two of the main features in this poem this poem is the rhythm affect the whole mood, tone and meaning of the poem. The poet has chosen different methods to give the poem specific sounds that affect the pace and structure of the rhythm. The structure of the first stanza helps us understand the relationships between the four aspects of human nature presented, cruelty, jealousy, terror and secrecy....   [tags: Blake Divine Image Rhyme Rhythm Essays] 825 words
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Adnan - Charles Brown, a friend with whom Keats was living when he composed this poem, wrote, In the spring of 1819 a nightingale had built her nest near my house. Keats felt a tranquil and continual joy in her song; and one morning he took his chair from the breakfast table to the grass-plot under a plum-tree, where he sat for two or three hours. When he came into the house, I perceived he had some scraps of paper in his hand, and these he was quietly thrusting behind the books. On inquiry, I found those scraps, four or five in number, contained his poetic feeling on the song of our nightingale....   [tags: essays research papers] 2329 words
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Critical Analysis of The Indifferent by John Donne - Critical Analysis of "The Indifferent" by John Donne "The Indifferent" by John Donne is a relatively simple love poem in comparison to his other, more complicated works. In this poem, "he presents a lover who regards constancy as a 'vice' and promiscuity as the path of virtue and good sense" (Hunt 3). Because of Donne's Christian background, this poem was obviously meant to be a comical look at values that were opposite the ones held by Christians. According to Clay Hunt, "['The Indifferent'] is probably quite an early poem because of the simplicity and obviousness of its literary methods, its untroubled gaiety, and its pose of libertinism, which all suggest that Donne wrote [the poem] when he was a young man about town in Elizabethan London" (1-2)....   [tags: Indifferent John Donne Essays Papaers]
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Use of Conceit in The Flea, by John Donne - Use of Conceit in The Flea, by John Donne      John Donne, an English poet and clergyman, was one of the greatest metaphysical poets. His poetry was marked by conceits and lush imagery. The Flea is an excellent example of how he was able to establish a parallel between two very different things. In this poem, the speaker tries to seduce a young woman by comparing the consequences of their lovemaking with those of an insignificant fleabite. He uses the flea as an argument to illustrate that the physical relationship he desires is not in itself a significant event, because a similar union has already taken place within the flea....   [tags: The Flea John Donne] 1046 words
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why i dont want to submit this essay - One of Frost’s commonest subjects is the choice the poet is faced with two roads, two ideas, two possibilities of action. “The Road Not Taken” deals with the choice between two roads, and with the results of the choice which the poet makes. It raises the evident question of whether it is better to choose a road in which many travel, or to choose the road less traveled and explore it yourself. In “The Road Not Taken,” the speakers’ tone and setting help illustrate the struggle a person goes through in their lives to pick the right road to travel....   [tags: essays research papers] 2170 words
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Wilfred Owen - Does Owens poetry do more than offer the reader an insight into the horrors of war. Discuss with reference to at least two poems. Wilfred Owen is arguable the greatest of the world war one poets. This is a man who through personal experience offers us not only insight into the astrocities of war but also illustrates the struggle of nature and the mental state these men cross into on the battle field. In ‘Spring Offensive’, Owen mixes the ideas of war and nature in a conversational tone unlike ‘Futility’ in which Owen questions the pointlessness of war and religion in this compact poem....   [tags: essays research papers] 981 words
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Bi sexuality of emily dickinson - Bi sexuality of emily dickinson The inner-workings of Emily Dickinson’s mind continue to be an enigma to literary scholars, worldwide. Dickinson’s agoraphobia caused her to live a solitary and secluded life in her Amherst, Massachusetts home for a large portion of her life. “She rarely received visitors, and in her mature years she never went out” (Ferguson, et. al.; 1895). It is also known that she was in love with a married man (no one knows for sure exactly who this man was) who eventually ended their relationship and this left her very distraught....   [tags: essays papers] 1225 words
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John Donne's The Indifference - John Donne's "The Indifference" is a love poem that can be interpreted in a number of ways. Not only is the meaning of the text debatable, but the audience for which the poem was intended can be argued as well. The language Donne uses leaves room for the reader's imagination and intellect to take over and decide to whom he is talking and why. The author is writing to a specific audience for a specific reason, trying to convey his point through his verse. While not all people agree as to whom this poem is intended for or whom the speaker is actually talking to, I have a good understanding as to what Donne is trying to accomplish by writing "The Indifference" and whom the voice of the piece is actually talking to....   [tags: Poets, Poetry, Prose] 1317 words
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Comparing The Flea and Valentine - Comparing The Flea and Valentine "The flea" is a metaphysical poem about a man trying to argue a virgin into bed to have sexual intercourse with him. This poem was most likely written to amuse the readers and probably more for a larger male audience. The poem was written in the late 17th century in a period where sex within marriage was like a household chore, but socially, sex before marriage was like a sin, because society was extremely religious. John Donne is attempting to get these thoughts out of her head and persuade her to have sex with him....   [tags: John Donne Sex Carol Ann Duffy Love Essays] 2179 words
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Strongman by Tony Curtis and Mid-term break by Seamus Heaney - Strongman by Tony Curtis and Mid-term break by Seamus Heaney deal with the subject death of a family member. Compare both poems showing how the poets introduce their subjects. Which poem did you prefer and why. One of the poets, Tony Curtis, is Welsh, whilst, Seamus Heaney is Irish. Seamus Heaney has grown up on a farm in Northern Ireland with his brothers and his parents. The whole family has taken on the family business of farming, while Seamus Heaney received an education. Both poets are still alive today....   [tags: English Literature] 1223 words
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Analysis of The Charge of the Light Brigade - Analysis of The Charge of the Light Brigade This particular poem deals with the unfortunate mistake of Battle of Balaclava in 1854. In an attempt to retrieve their stolen firearms, the British, lead by Lord Raglen, took their light cavalry to the innocent Turkish territory, rather than the guilty Russians. In self-defence Turkey protect themselves by attacking the British troops causing hundreds of deaths but "not, not the six hundred". Tennyson uses various techniques to involve the reader more personally....   [tags: Victorian Society Lord Tennyson Essays] 1092 words
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Injustice in Poetry - Injustice in Poetry Compare and contrast the ways in which the poets present injustice in Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes and Nothing’s Changed. “Nothing’s Changed” by Tatamkhulu Afrika is a protest against white authority- and against supremacy over all underprivileged, mistreated, weaker members of society by any power group. The focus of this disapproval is the Apartheid approach which subjugated white South African thinking. Tatamkhulu Afrika, writer of “Nothing’s Changed”, lived in Cape Town’s District 6, which due to apartheid in the 1960’s was unfortunately declared a ‘whites only’ area....   [tags: Two Scavengers in a Truck Nothin's Changed Essays] 2001 words
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Comparing Twelve Songs by W.H.Auden and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas - Comparing Twelve Songs by W.H.Auden and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas The two poems I am comparing are 'Twelve Songs' by W.H.Auden and 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' by Dylan Thomas. Two themes run through both of these poems, those themes are grief and death. Although the subjects are the same, the poets each have a very different approach to the subjects. This is shown in many different ways, But although their approach to the subjects are very different, their overall views on grief and death are quiet similar....   [tags: English Literature] 1974 words
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Examine how Heaney presents his relationship with his father in - Examine how Heaney presents his relationship with his father in Digging and Follower. In the poem the Follower, the poet admires his father with all factions. The poet, Heaney, describes his father on verse 2, stanza 1 as being a very strong, well built man and classifies him as an "expert" (verse 5, stanza 2) when it comes to working in the field. In verse 10-12, stanza 3, Heaney describes his father's eye as "his eye narrowed and angled at the ground mapping the furrow exactly", this verse describes his father as if he was a sailor, carefully, watching the field as a map with a close eye making sure that everything is moving or growing the way they should be....   [tags: English Literature] 1346 words
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How has Blake depicted the tiger in this poem? - How has Blake depicted the tiger in this poem. At the very start of the poem it is clear in what way Blake wishes to portray the tiger. The first words he uses -"Tiger. Tiger!" is an aggressive start to the poem thus implying that Blake is trying to put the tiger across as an aggressive animal. The next two words, "Burning bright" give the image of power and awe. This added to the next two lines,- "What immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry?" with words like 'fearful' and 'immortal' reinforces the tiger's image of power and strength and its God-like qualities of immortality and omnipotence....   [tags: English Literature] 909 words
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Jessica Bending 10SD - Comparing two Love Poems This essay is about two poems on the same theme, love but they both have been written in a different period of time, one poem is post twentieth century and the other one is pre twentieth century. The poems are ‘Neutral Tones’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘One Flesh’ by Elizabeth Jennings. The poet who wrote ‘Neutral Tones’ Thomas Hardy also has written many famous novels and as a poet chooses his words very carefully. In this poem, ‘Neutral Tones’, Hardy talks about the theme of love in a bad negative way....   [tags: English Literature] 836 words
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Route March Rest by Vernon Scannell, Night Raid by Desmond Hawkins, - Route March Rest by Vernon Scannell, Night Raid by Desmond Hawkins, The Battle by Louis Simpson - How do the poets communicate emotional or moving responses to war. What do these poems tell us about wartime life and the thoughts and feelings of civilians and soldiers. How do the poets communicate emotional or moving responses to war. The following essay will try to answer the question above. Using references and quotes from three wartime poems I will explain what they tell us about wartime life and the thoughts and feelings of civilians and soldiers....   [tags: English Literature] 1048 words
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TMA 03 - TMA 03 Read the poem ‘Ode to the West Wind’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Write an essay of no more than 1500 words in which you analyse the poem and comment on the poetic form and language used (e.g. rhyme, rhythm, stress pattern, metaphor, imagery, tone, word order, alliteration, point of view) and the way they contribute to the meaning. The dramatic alliteration in line one, ‘Wild West Wind’, announces energy and force, which flows into the rest of the poem, emphasizing how wild and destructive this wind can be....   [tags: English Literature] 1587 words
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Two Romantic poems concerning nature are To Autumn by John Keats - Two Romantic poems concerning nature are To Autumn by John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s To a Skylark. These two poems celebrate different aspects of nature: ‘Compare how nature is presented two Romantic poems’ Poets of the Romantic Era tried to express their feelings of beauty, nature and decay through poems and other means of literature. Two Romantic poems concerning nature are “To Autumn” by John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “To a Skylark”. These two poems celebrate different aspects of nature: as the title of the poem suggests “To Autumn” is about the season of autumn, whereas “To a Skylark” is about a skylark, a miniscule bird that is famous for its song....   [tags: English Literature] 1457 words
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Simon Armitageremains' Poetry - Simon Armitageremains' Poetry In this poem the person talks about:' I am very bothered when I think of the bad things I have done in my life'. He talks about all the bad things he has done in his life with he now regrets. This is also similar to 'poem' they both share the same theme of looking back. He talks about when he likes a particular girls a lot. So he 'held the scissors by the blades' and 'played the handles by the naked lilac flame of the Bunsen burner'. Then he called her over and handed them to the girl....   [tags: Slavery Judgement Poems Branding Essays] 3064 words
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Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville - Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brook’s “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” came from her book called Street in Bronzeville. This book exemplifies Brook’s “dual place in American literature” (Smith, 2). It is associated with Modernist poetry, as well as the Harlem Renaissance. This book is known for its theme of victimizing the poor, black woman. “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” is a poem that uses tone to represent the complex mood of the ballad. While tone and mood are often used interchangeably, there are differences even though they often work together in a poem....   [tags: Ballad Pearl Gwendolyn Brook Street Essays]
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