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Mid term break by Seamus Heaney and The identification by Roger McGough

In this assignment I will be comparing and contrasting two poems, ‘mid term break ‘ by Seamus Heaney and ‘the identification’ by Roger McGough. Seamus Heaney’s poem is auto-biographical and he writes about himself experiencing the reality of death via his younger brother. He describes desctrbes his family suffering from greif and struggling to accept…

Migrant Hostel, Ancestors and Feliks Skryznecki

Belonging is known as a process of identification that establishes our relationships between individuals and their society. Often, the pursuit of a sense of belonging dominates one’s life as it can emerge from the connections made with people and society. It has been found that man’s need for companionship, belonging is natural and instinctive and…

Comparison of snake poems

It is a common belief that snakes are venomous and deceitful creatures, but in my opinion, snakes are pleasant animals. I will now examine two poems about snakes to see whether the poets agree with my views. In Emily Dickinson’s poem, she expresses her feelings towards a snake and briefly describes an encounter with one….

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Out, out

Robert Frost effectively reveals the fragility of life in his poem “Out, out-“. Through a cold detached tone he explores the consequences of a young boy’s misfortune, as he has a horrific accident with a buzz saw. Strong, vivid imagery is used to picture the scene and conjure images of the horrific accident. He teaches…

One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster, Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster: places,…

Jessie Pope Poetry

Studying war poetry from around the 1914 period has given me an insight into the variety of feeling and emotion going on during the war, from writing strictly in propaganda to obscenely crude it seems incredible what the soldiers were tricked into, and went through. Both poems, ‘Who’s for the game? ‘ and ‘Dulce et…

Unto Us

Spike Milligan’s “Unto Us” is one of his more serious poems that is about the issue of abortion or rather abortion for convenience. He adopts the persona of an unborn child which is unusual, yet effective method of narration, as it evokes sympathy from the reader. The poem tells the story of a child who…

Example of a Ballad Poem

Ballads are old poems or songs, which narrate stories. It is a rhythmic tale of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or ironic, almost inevitably catastrophic. We do not know where the word ‘Ballad’ originated from, however it is thought to come from the French ‘Ballade’; which means song with a dance. Ballads…

When we two parted by Lord Byron and First Love by John Clare

Explore the themes of “love and Loss’ and how they are expressed in the poems “When we two parted” by Lord Byron and “first Love” by John Clare. Answer “When we two parked” by Lord Byron and “First Love” by John Clare both deal with love that was once dear and is lost. While “When…

Two Scavengers and Nothing’s Changed

Both ‘Two Scavengers’ and ‘Nothing’s Changed’ are protesting against issues of discrimination between different classes of society and different races. In ‘Two Scavengers’ Ferlinghetti is protesting against the inequalities within a democracy, and how it’s not democratic but more ruled by class. In ‘Nothing’s Changed’ we are shown Africa when the apartheid law was still…

Analysis of War Photographer

The author of this poem ‘Carol Ann Duffy’ is a well known English poet. She wrote a lot of poems about varied subjects. She was born in 1955 in Scotland. Duffy’s experience in life may have affected her writings in many ways. Her writings mostly have simple casual language and are marked by their philosophical…

In Mrs Tilscher’s Class

A “skittle o f milk”, this shows that they are having fun. They might be playing a game. The classroom glowed like a sweet shop, sugar paper and coloured shapes were all the things of happiness. It shows the teacher loved children, and children loved her. It’s magical and looks as if there is a…

Compare and contrast the poems The Lady of Shalott and The Highway Man

In this essay, I’m going to compare and contrast the two poems “The Lady of Shalott” and “The Highway Man”. I will be looking at their points of similarity and difference. “The Lady of Shalott” “The Lady of Shalott” is set in the fairy land of Shalott. She is a prisoner in an isolated castle…

John Donne, Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare

The poets John Donne, Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare all use numerous different devices to seduce their audiences. Some of the techniques employed are similar between the poets, but there are also differences. The poem ‘The Flea’ is a metaphysical poem, using metaphysical conceit to persuade the audience. In the poem the ‘flea’ could be…

The laboratory, Porphyrias Lover and A woman to her lover

” The Laboratory” to express a sense of strong imagery that represents the feeling of evil and hatred, and the other being “Porphyia’s Lover” which again consists of strong imagery but of obsession, love and control. Whereas, in “A Woman to Her Lover,” Christina Walsh has simply made a political statement through a free verse…

Compare and contrast London by William Blake with Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

This essay will look at the two poems “London” by William Blake and “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth. It will compare and look at the differences between the mood and general message given by the two poems. Both poems are set in London and describe a day in the life of London. Reading…

Sonnet CXXX by William Shakespeare and To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvell

Firstly I will be analysing “Sonnet CXXX” by William Shakespeare. The poem has been written to send a message to poets, telling them that sonnets do not have to be unrealistic; Shakespeare also mocks traditional Elizabethan sonnets. The occasion is that Shakespeare believes in real love not falsely comparing women to god-like creatures. The sonnet…

Analyse the ways in which different pre – 1914 poets

In this essay, I will be writing about how the relationships between the men and the women are. My main focus is on the relationships of love in all the poems from the pre – 1914 poem clusters. All five poems comprises of including love and the mutual relationship between both the sexes. The themes…

London and Composed upon Westminster Bridge

The two poems, ‘London’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’, show two different perspectives of the city and its inhabitants. Both poems illustrate the poets’ views on London which are quite diverse yet still have similarities in their respective outlooks. ‘London’ portrays Blake’s views about the city and the people that inhabit it as a direct…

Rupert Brooke & Wilfred Owen War poetry Comparison

Rupert Brooke’s “The Soldier” was written with the purpose of convincing young men to join the army or “Fall In” He shows the glorious side of war and how it is honourable. Wilfred Owens “Dulce et Decorum Est” was written with the purpose of showing a realistic view of war and how many young men…

Compare and contrast at least three poems from the Love and Loss anthology

I have studied a range of poems on love and loss, the five poems I have chosen are; “First Love” by John Clare, “How Do I Love Thee? ” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning “A Birthday” and “Remember” by Christina Rosetti and finally “When We Two Parted” by George Gordon. All of these poems were written…

Search for My tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan

This essay is comparing two cultural poems, both written by people who have been taken from their ‘home’ culture, to another one, which is different. The poems-‘Search for My tongue’ and ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’- are similar in some ways, but different in others. This essay will compare the two cultures, and the…

A Comparison of Limbo with Nothing’s Changed

The poems “Limbo” and “Nothing’s Changed” have a lot in common if you look past the actual words into the meaning of the poems, you will see they both originate from the same theme; racism. “Limbo” tells the story of the Limbo dance and the joy of performing it. The poem is telling the story…

How is theme of racism explored in the two poems that you have studied

In this essay I will be exploring, comparing and analysing two poems that explore the theme of racism. The poems that I have been studying are “Half-Caste” by John Agard and “Nothing’s Changed” by Tatamkhulu Afrika. John Agard was born on 21 June 1949 in British Guiana (now Guyana). He moved to England in 1977…

Glasgow 5 March 1971

`Glasgow 5 March 1971′ is a poem by Edwin Morgan which creates a picture of a corrupt figure, but in a way the corrupt figure can be seen as a hero if we look at the poem in the corrupt figures point of view, but generally no one would classify the corrupt figures of being…

Compare The Barn and An Advancement of Learning

In the two Seamus Heaney poems’, “The Barn,” and “An Advancement of Learning,” there are a number of similarities and differences between them. One key similarity is the theme of rats. In, “The Barn,” the boy explores around and once he walks into a cobweb, he gets a fright and tries to get away into…

In what way is the Renaissance temper reflected in Browning’s poetry

It was Ruskin who declared that Browning was a poet reflecting the Middle Ages. However, other critics have refuted this statement and offered conclusive evidence to support the contention that Browning’s poetry reflected dominantly the ethos of the Italian Renaissance. Indeed, the major poems of Browning catch unerringly the spirit of the Italian Renaissance with…

How does the poet convey the sadness of death in ‘Mid-Term Break’

The concepts of death and grief are often interlinked. This is demonstrated in Seamus Heaney’s poem, ‘Mid-Term Break’, where he conveys the sadness of death after his own brother, Christopher, dies. Heaney uses various language techniques, sound devices, symbolizations and contrasts to achieve this sense of sorrow. In the first stanza, Heaney’s clever use of…

Seamus Heaney Poetry

Seamus Heaney was born April 1939, the eldest member of a family containing nine children. His father lived and worked on a farm of fifty acres in Northern Ireland which was economically less prosperous than Britain, and his father’s real commitment was to cattle dealing. Seamus grew up as a country boy; his poems first…

Ancestral Photograph

There are several language devices used in “Ancestral Photograph”. To start off, Heaney used simile in the first line, “solid as a turnip”, this phrase suggests that the jaw of the person in the picture is stiffed and unnatural because of the word “solid” meaning something hard. Except for the phrase mentioned above, there are…

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