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The relationship that Heaney writes about between himself and his father

I am going to compare two different poems written by Seamus Heaney. The names of these two poems are “Digging” and “Follower”. Both of these poems were written when Seamus Heaney had started his career in poetry. Heaney was the eldest of nine children and grew up in poor conditions, as his father was a…

‘Digging’ and ‘Early Purges’

For the Diverse Cultures assignment, I have studied pieces by Seamus Heaney. These include ‘Digging’ and ‘Early Purges’. All the poems relate back to his young life in Limavady in the County of Derry, Northern Ireland. When Heaney was young, he wanted to follow in his fathers and grandfathers footsteps of being farmers. Not just…

Human Interest and Porphyria’s Lover Essay

My essay will be based on these two poems about two murders. I will be discussing and comparing the differences and similarities between the murders and the murderers themselves, and also the victims, which brings me to the first and most obvious difference between the two actual poems. It is obvious from the first sentences…

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How do the poems ‘Havisham’, ‘The Sisters’ and ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ present the theme of madness

‘Havisham’ by Carol Anne Duffy, ‘The Sisters’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson and ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ by Robert Browning, are all studies of madness. Within each poem the main theme is presented in different ways such as using dramatic monologue, free verse and satire. Through examining poetic techniques and devices closely, I will identify the ways in…

“Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess”

In both “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess” Browning criticises the position of women in Victorian society by showing the relationship between men and women through two dramatic monologues. In both of the poems the men appear to be the villains, in “Porphyria’s Lover” Porphyria is killed by the man who she has run through…

“Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning and “Mariana” by Alfred Tennyso

In “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning and “Mariana” by Alfred Tennyson, the poets use many different literary techniques to create a sense of mood and atmosphere. They choose their language and vocabulary carefully to make the reader use all of their senses, using techniques such as imagery, rhyme and rhythm. “Porphyria’s Lover” begins with a…

The comparison of ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘The Laboratory’

Both my last duchess and the laboratory are based on women; therefore it is surprising that the writer of both poems was Sir Robert Browning. However when looked at closely there is evidence of the complexity of women which is viewed in a male perspective. After thorough observation it has become clear that in these…

Analyse Porphyria’s lover by Robert Browning

Porphyria’s lover is one of the most dramatic monologues written by a Victorian poet. Many tried to grasp new concepts of sensuality and brutality but it was Browning who captured these themes perfectly. As the Victorian society developed it’s understanding on sexuality and morality, people realized how many problems they have to face due to…

How does Plath’s use of extended metaphors and other literary features effect the reader’s response to her poetry

In this essay I will describe the literary techniques and the use of language used by Sylvia Plath in three of her poems Tulips, Mushrooms and Mirror. These poems are all extended metaphors for vanity and self-image, the stress of everyday life and the family and a metaphor for strength without violence. This technique of…

Roe-Deer by Ted Hughes, An Advancement of Learning by Seamus Heaney And The Arrival of The Bees Box by Sylvia Plath

In the poem Roe-Deer the poet describes the deer as a very secretive and supernatural animal, which, in my opinion has caused the poet to write about his experience. “They planted their two or three years of secret deer hood Clear on my snow screen vision of the abnormal.” The poet knows that he is…

“The Journey of the Magi” – TS Eliot

The poem “The Journey of the Magi” is T. S. Eliot recalling the journey of the three Wise Men to witness the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Also it depicts Christ’s lifetime through signs the Magi see. As well as this, the poem covers Eliot’s journey from being an atheist to becoming a member…

“Snake” by D H Lawrence and “Jaguar” by Ted Hughes

The two poems I shall be comparing are “Snake” by D H Lawrence and “Jaguar” by Ted Hughes. “Snake” is about a man encountering a snake in his water trough. His feelings and possible reactions are conflicting throughout the poem. “Jaguar” is about a jaguar and how the poets moves past all the various animals…

‘Anthem for doomed youth’ by Wilfred Owen

The poem ‘Anthem for doomed youth’ by Wilfred Owen is based on the massacre during World War 1. It is a Petrarchan sonnet that deals with the horror faced by adolescent soldiers and questions the real motif behind the wars. By questioning the funeral procedures of dead soldiers and contrasting it with the funerals of…

Dulce et Decorum Est Poem Analysis

The poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ was written by Wilfred Owen during World War One. It’s a very anti-war poem and portrays an unseen version of war, the horrible part of it. It was one of the many poems that were not published until after the war as it hardly belonged amongst all the smiling…

Some of the ways in which Wilfred Owen presents the Natural world in his poems

Owen’s presentation of nature is ambiguous. Through his poems he acknowledges the beauty and purity of nature on one hand, while on the other it is presented as cruel and subversive when associated with war. These two very different sides of nature are best portrayed in Exposure in 1917, Futility and Spring Offensive in 1918….

Analysis of Wilfred Owen’s The Last Laugh

Wilfred Owen is well known for his portrayed war poetry on the trench and gas warfare. Owen wrote many poems during his lifetime and one of them is called ‘The Last Laugh’. ‘The Last Laugh’ is very short but incredibly effective because it’s from the weapon’s perspective and from his first hand experiences of war….

An Analysis of Exposure by Wilfred Owen

Owen used his poetry as a means of exposing the truth to the ordinary citizens and propaganda at the time of World War One, becoming a stark contrast to the information distributed by the army and government. He was a soldier himself and was killed in action one week before the war ended. In this…

Comparing Wilfred Owen’s The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen’s poetry is not about grandeur, dominion or altruism. It is about war and the grotesque horrors that it represents to the former nation, the nation of today and the nation of tomorrow. Owen did not write in self-pity but in the pity of war. His poems The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est…

“Green Thought” By Jon Stallworthy – Reading Response

“Green Thought” by Jon Stallworthy is an interesting and valuable poem about love. During my essay I will justify why “Green Thought” is a worthy poem to be entered into a young student’s poem anthology. The poem is an excellent choice because of Stallworthy’s choice of characters, imagery and his skill in showing the power…

“First Love,” by John Clare and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by John Keats

The two poems, “First Love,” by John Clare and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by John Keats have a similar theme, unrequited love. Compare and contrast the poets’ effective use of language and form to convey their ideas effectively. In the poems “First Love,” by John Clare and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by John…

William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 138’ – Comparing love in two poems

William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 138’ is about a couple that have a very cynical relationship. The poet is saying he knows that he is old and no longer beautiful, and that she doesn’t love him as much because of this, but he doesn’t tell her this. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Sonnet’ is a contrast to Sonnet 138…

Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116 and Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

Love is a common theme in many poems written by 17th century authors. Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116 and Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” both speak of the highest form of love; eternal true love. Their use of figurative language and rhythm schemes helps to convey to the reader that such a love exists. However, while both…

“My Box” and “Valentine”

‘ My Box’ by Gillian Clarke is a poem about a box a lover produces himself for his lover. The box symbolises the couple’s relationship and memories – as “in my box are twelve black books, where I have written down how we have sanded, oiled and planed…” The box symbolises the memories and the…

Compare Shakespeare’s sonnets 18 and CXXX

Sonnet 18 is, of course, the famous “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” poem. This sonnet builds upon a theme of imperishable love (and beauty), especially when it is preserved in a poem written by William Shakespeare. Much has been written about how, in Sonnet 18, Shakespeare takes an unusual point-of-view in his…

‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ by Keats and ‘When We Two Parted’ by Byron

I intend to compare, ‘When We Two Parted’, a romantic poem by Lord Byron and ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’, also a romantic theme but a ballad by John Keats. In ‘When We Two Parted’ the poem tells of a loving relationship which has ended, when one of the partner’s feelings for the other waned….

Compare and Contrast the poems “The Seduction” by Eileen McAuley and “Cousin Kate” by Christina Rossetti

In my essay I will be comparing two narrative poems: “The Seduction” by Eileen McAuley and “Cousin Kate” by Christina Rossetti. The poems are two contrasting views of love, although they share similar themes and both present a women’s perspective of love from a personal viewpoint. I will also be analysing their differences and similarities…

A critique of “The sunne rising” written by John Donne

The poem, “The Sunne Rising” written by a leading poet of the time, was a bold statement to be made in that particular era of writing. The way that Donne opens his love poem could almost be described as courageous and fearless. This can be related to the content of the poem, seeing as it…

Whitman’s Masculinity and Femininity in Song of Myself

All Whitman’s poems, not merely the “Children of Adam” poems and the “Calamus” poems, are love poems of blatant sexuality and amativeness, which was frightening to some of those who read and liked him and was a real bugbear to those who charged him with writing filthi without bothering to read them. However, sex, this…

Compare and contrast ‘Cousin Kate’ and ‘The Birthday’ by Christina Rosseti

Christina Rosseti was an 19th century poet. She was born in London on the 5th December 1830 to Gabriele and Frances Rosseti. In 1848 she became engaged to James Collinson, one of the pre-Raphaelite brethren. The engagement fell through when he became Roman Catholic. From the early 1860’s on she was in love with Charles…

Response to Derek Walcott’s ‘Love After Love’

The main idea of the poem is about looking back on your life and feasting upon what you have achieved, “Feast on your life.” I further believe that the poem is about finding your inner self and getting to know the inside of you that you have once known but lost. A key theme of…

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