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Poem Analysis: The Little Boy Lost vs. The Little Girl Lost

A belief of envisioning a future to seek your creator is a task many people, young or old, continue to accomplish today. William Blake’s two poems from Songs of Experience: “The Little Boy  Lost” and “The Little Girl Lost” recognizes two children of different genders living through a time of need. The narrator in these…

The Spider and the Fly

In the famous poem “The Spider and the Fly” written in 1829, Mary Howitt writes of a spider who cunningly persuades a fly to visit his parlor through flattery and carefully chosen words. The fly at first resists, but eventually falls prey to vanity, and, when the spider has disappeared, flutters Into the parlor, only…

Carol Ann Duffy – Psychopath and Poet

Carol Ann Duffy presents to the reader through her poetry many views she has on society. Her recent poetry portrays her views on the treatment of females and how in the past they have not been given true status in society. Duffy is a strong feminist and I think that the fact that she was…

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On the Idle Hill and The Drum

War, in any shape or form, affects people in many different ways. Many people choose to express their feelings and experiences of war in poems. The two poems I have chosen all have different moods, structures and rhythms but their meaning is all the same- war is ruthless, terrifying and pointless. The poem ‘On the…

Compare and Contrast Poems by Sassoon and by Owen, how they bring out their treatment of war

The horror of war influenced these two great poets to express their disgust in poems. They both, however use contrasting styles: Owen chooses to express his disgust and anger through poems that give the reader a precise picture of what the war was really like; whereas Sassoon was an officer who protested against the way…

Anthem of doomed Youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est

Anthem of doomed Youth is one of Owen’s most famous poems and one over, which he took great pains. The poem is written in sonnet form. The poem is a long comparison between the elaborate ceremonial of a Victorian-style funeral and the way in which men go to death in the Western Front. The poem…

War Poetry

‘Into the stuff of his thought and utterance, whether he be on active service or not, the poet-interpreter of war weaves these intentions, and cooperates with his fellows in building up a little higher and better, from time to time, that edifice of truth for whose completion can be spared no human experience, no human…

Wilfred Owen’s War Poetry

An author’s context always has a substantial influence on the text’s they write. We will also find this holds true for poetry, if not more so. Poetry is often considered a collection of emotions generated from its writer and we can see this by not only analysing a poem, but by taking into consideration the…

Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s for the game?”

Although both of these poems deal with the subject of war, the poets’ attitude towards war differs dramatically. Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s for the game?” supports war and encourages young men to go off and fight. The whole poem plays heavily on the young men’s guilt and promotes the so-called glory of war. Wilfred Owen’s…

After Blenheim by Robert Southey and Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy

‘After Blenheim’ is a poem written by Robert Southey in 1798. It is about an old man named Kasper. Kasper is telling his grandchildren, Peterkin and Wilhelmine, about the Battle of Blenheim (1704) during the Franco Prussian War. It was written to give an anti-war message because of the situation between England and France. Hardy…

Compare the Different Attitudes to War Shown in the Poetry of Tennyson and Owen

I have studied two poems ‘The Charge of The Light Brigade’, by Alfred Lord Tennyson, a poet laureate, and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, which was written by Wilfred Owen, who served as a soldier in world war one. There is a very large difference between the attitude to war in the different poems, ‘The Charge…

Comparing and contrasting Anthem for doomed youth and Attack

We have been studying two poems, the “Anthem For Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen, and “Attack” by Seigfried Sassoon. These poems are both anti war poems and were written during the time of the First World War. Owen’s poem is about the lack of appropriate burials and respect to the dead soldiers. The other poem,…

Who’s for the Game

The Great War was the most horrific and blood thirsty war in history. It was started by the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. The battlefields were endless stretches of trenches, this was known as the Western Front. The trenches were an awful place to live, they were made out of sandbags, duckboards, and…

“Dulce et Decorum est” by Owen and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Tennyson

The two poems I will be analysing are `Dulce et Decorum est’ by Owen and `The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Tennyson. Tennyson and Owen have very different views on war, I think that it is important to look at their reasons for writing the poems, and their backgrounds. Tennyson was poet laureate, and…

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae is a poem that has helped me to appreciate the unpleasant side of life. It is a poem that deals with the reality that soldiers sacrificed their lives for the living, telling them to finish what they started. It also contains a message from the poet John McCrae that…

Sailing to Byzantium

W. B. Yeats’ poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ is an allusion to the agony of old age and human mortality, and was written as a part of a collection of poems called ‘Tower’. It is in very old verse form which is written as a narrative verse in first person, with four eight line stanzas. It…

The soldier, In Flanders Field, Disabled and Dulce Et Decorum Est

To show how attitudes to the war changed as the Great War progressed I have chosen four poems. “The soldier” by Rupert Brooke, “In Flanders Field” by John McCare and ” Disabled” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est.” both by Wilfred Owen. Both John McCare and Rupert Brookes poems were written early on in the war,…

The Charge Of The Light Brigade

Alfred Tennyson and Siegfried Sassoon approach the subject of war in different ways. While Tennyson gives the impression that the soldiers who are mentioned in his poem are heroes, Sassoon does not try to glorify war and shows us the bloody realism of conflict. An important point to note is the date when Tennyson wrote…

Comparison of the Poems Mental Cases and Disabled By Wilfred Owen

I will compare the poems ‘Disabled’ and ‘Mental Cases’ for my essay. I will look at the language that Wilfred Owen uses to convey the pain and hurt that war causes. I will also endeavour to examine how the poet expresses his outrage at the effect of the war in both poems. I will make…

Compare And Contrast Two 1900 War Poems

People write poetry for many reasons. War poetry is written mainly to express feelings. War poems can achieve catharsis and are sometimes written in remembrance. They express deep emotional states such as love, hate, suffering and joy. War can amplify all of these feelings so it is likely that poetry would be written about it….

Comparing Two War Poems By Wilfred Owen and Maurice Hewlett

During the first and second world war many young men were forced into the army and the services many leaving their young families or mother’s and sisters. This was a very difficult time for both the men who were leaving to fight and risk their lives and for the women and children they left behind….

Does the Poetry of the First World War reflect the changing attitudes to War

Poems in the early part of the First World War were ‘pro war’ which means that they were saying that the war was good fun with women and uniforms. The main aims of the poems were to get men to join the army and fight the Germans. After two years of the war in July…

The Drum & Dulce et Decorum est

War poetry is written either by those who want to promote war as a glamorous adventure or by those who want to depict war as a painful experience causing horror and despair to those involved. Poetry was used in some newspapers during World War one as a means of recruitment for soldiers. One journalist Jessie…

Night Patrol by Alan Ross, War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

All of these poems are about the effects of war, and how people feel about it. `Night Patrol` by Alan Ross. This is about a soldier that goes out on a night patrol, he is on a boat that leaves port at last light, and returns to the port at dawn. It shows the daily…

Daffodils and Clarke’s Miracle on St. David’s Day

The first of the two poems, Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” is about a man remembering that some daffodils cheered him up one day. The poem starts off with the person being described as a cloud and how he slowly joins a “host” of “golden” daffodils. But the reader does not know at first that this poem is…

Miracle on St David’s Day by Gillian Clarke

Miracle on St David’s Day is an enchanting, and ultimately optimistic poem relating to the theme of identity by Gillian Clarke. The poem tells the story of a man in a mental institution, who exceeds the expectation of both the nurses and his fellow patients when he regains the ability to talk. In the first…

Composed upon Westminster Bridge

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote the poem entitled “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” on 3rd September 1802 after his first visit to London in July of the same year. Along with his sister Dorothy he passed through London on his way to France to visit his former lover (and mother to his daughter Caroline) Annette Vallon, prior…

The Relationship Between Language and Content in Poetry

Many tallented poets describe words as tools of verbal language used to build an image in people’s mind and to move an emotion or win a certain cause. David Waggoner’s “Their Bodies”, Langston Hughes’ “Share-Croppers”, and Ruth Collins “The Song of the Factory Worker is three particular poems that were analyzed in comparison styles and…

City Friends Advice and Advice to a Teenage Daughter

The two poems “City Friends Advice” by Benjamin Zephaniah and “Advice to a Teenage Daughter” by Isobel Thrilling are both giving advice of some form or an-other. In Zephaniah’s poem he is giving advice to the reader directly telling them to be careful in the city. In Thrilling’s poem she is giving advice to her…

Sonnet and No Second Troy

In this essay I’m going to be comparing two love poems. The two poems I will be comparing are “Sonnet” be Edna St Vincent Millay and “No Second Troy” composed by Irelands most famous writer, William Butler Yeats. I hope to look in detail at both poems and to be able to compare and contrast…

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