Essays on Poets

Seamus Heaney`s ‘Broagh’ and ‘Perch’
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Seamus Heaney is regarded as one of Irelands most accomplished poets. In my opinion he is one of the most talented and gifted poets in Irish poetry. His poetry contains such a wide variety of themes which I find very appealing. Through the proficiency of his literary skills and his unique ability to draw the reader into the depths of his poetry, he is able to tackle complex issues with great expertise. For this critical evaluation I will be writing…...
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Wilfred Owen
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Owen shows that the men are exhausted "Of tired, out- stripped Five-Nines that dropped behind" by personifying the shells, it shows that the war is getting repetitive, even the shells are tired. The phrase: "that dropped behind" suggests that the soldiers are passed caring about them now, they're just so exhausted. Another example of this is when Owen writes: "All went lame; all blind. " This can be interpreted in two ways: either that the soldiers are literally blind from…...
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‘Punishment’ and ‘Bog Queen’ by Seamus Heaney
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This metaphor emphasizes the time she has been down under the peatlands as she almost has been pealed away and died again jus like a tree that looses its bark. This all comes back to the emphasis of time. Enjambment also carries on the imagery onto the third and fourth line of this stanza as the words 'dug up', 'oak-bone' and 'brain-firkin' are used. 'Oak-bone' and 'Brain-firkin' are compound words that show kenning in this poem. Kenning is an old…...
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What do Wilfred Owens poems reveal about his views on religion?
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Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and lived to die at the age of twenty-one. He was a great poet but he had a big problem with mankind. Most of the poems he wrote included the terrible incidents of the war. Wilfred Owen fought in the war for four years. During those horrible years, he wrote a considerable amount of poems about the war. Many of them being religious based like the Parable of the old man and the young.…...
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“When We Two Parted” by George Gordon Byron
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In the entire history of world literature, millions of love poems have been written. "When We Two Parted" by George Gordon Byron (which is more commonly referred to as Lord Byron) is one of them. So how does this poem differ from all the others? How does it stand out? In When We Two Parted, Lord Byron reveals a gamut of emotions that a person feels when a separation from a loved one occurs, and after it has occurred (Schroeder…...
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On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff – Compare and contrast the ways in which two poets communicate feelings about the passing of time
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In this essay, I will be looking at the poems "Beeny Cliff" by Thomas Hardy and "On Wenlock Edge" by A.E. Housman. To compare and contrast the two poems I will explore the different techniques that are used to portray the feelings about the passing of time. I will look at the tones, rhythm pattern, alliteration, repetition and personification. The throughout On Wenlock Edge is negative, but in Beeny Cliff the tone changes. In On Wenlock Edge there are many…...
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War Poem Comparison
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This essay will compare the poems “On Passing the New Menin Gate” by Siegfried Sassoon (1927) and “Anthem For Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen (1917) and decipher whether there are any contrasts of worthwhile note. It will explore the meanings of both poems and consider the importance and effect of formal features that Sassoon and Owen use to convey their ideas. One immediate comparison that can be made about these two poems is that they are both anti-war poems. Sassoon…...
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Unit 4 literary heritage pre 1914 poetry
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I have been assigned a coursework to compare and contrast three poems which are 'The Ruined Maid', To His Coy Mistress' and 'Remember' all these poems have got points and I am going to make similarities and dissimilarities about the poems in comparison to each other. Most poems have aspects of a pace, a point, a structure and also different types of language, all of the above poems have these and express them well. Then again all the above have…...
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“To His Coy Mistress” vs “Our Love Now”
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'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell is a seventeenth century poem, whilst Martyn Lowery's 'Our Love Now' is a contemporary poem. Both poets seek to allure the opposing party, using the art of persuasion. Although, contrasting the time gap in which these poems were written they both hold similarities despite differing in historical context and style. However, an eloquent point to note is that Lowery has given the woman a voice, whereas unlike Marvell, only the man is voiced…...
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Swimming from Sestos to Abydos: Character Lord Byron
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“Written after Swimming from Sestos to Abydos”, by Lord Byron, is a poem that exemplifies Byron’s personality and his ego. Byron is known as a notorious Romantic poet all over the world. He is also known for his scandalous acts with many women,even young boys, and his prominent demeanor. After reading several of Byron’s work, I have received the vibe that Byron writes whatever he thinks. His strong personality and sense of masculinity also shines in many of his poems,…...
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‘Disabled’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ by Wilfred Owen
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Introduction 'Disabled' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' are war poems by the poet Wilfred Owen. Imagery and vocabulary in both of these poems are significant in representing mood, atmosphere and purpose. By using metaphors, similies and other forms of creating imagery, the poems are made accordingly emotive, and easier to comprehend as they enhance the readers interpretations by drawing on the readers senses. By analysing the poems we can see the evidence for this, and by imaging alternatives to particular…...
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The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry
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The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry by important poets such as John Donne, Marvell, George Herbert, Sir John Supling etc... Just like on the other periods Love was one main theme on their poems. But on 17th century there were also religious themes that it was a bit more important than the other periods. I'll now have a look at the life's of important writers of the period so briefly to have an idea about how their…...
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Poets often use nature imagery to comment on the relationship between humans and the natural environment surrounding them
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Poets often use nature imagery to comment on the relationship between humans and the natural environment surrounding them. Traditionally, this relationship is portrayed in a positive manner as it places emphasis on the concept that nature is representative of beauty; consequently, embracing this representation will enlighten the human experience. The facets of that relationship are represented within Dylan Thomas' "Fern Hill" and Robert Frost's "Birches". Both poets invoke an image of nature that is picturesque, serene and innocent in order…...
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Poetry Andrew Marvell vs Aphra Behn
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The poems that I am going to compare are Andrew Marvell's (Marvell) "To His Coy Mistress" (Coy). A man called Andrew Marvell who was born in Winestead in Holderness and was the son of a vicar wrote "Coy". He also attended all the Grammar schools in hull. Although most of his poems weren't published until after he died they are favourites for schools to do coursework and to study for examinations. The other poem is Aphra Behn's (Behn) "The Willing…...
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Poetry Comparison Draft
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The two poems that I am going to be studying are 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' and 'Anthem of Doomed Youth, both which are war poems.' The Charge Of The Light Brigade was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1854 after reading a report about the war event in the Times newspaper. He was often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. As he wrote The Charge Of The Light Brigade, the poem was his…...
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Poetry Analysis of Night of the Scorpion
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Night of the Scorpion" by Nissim Ezekiel is a poem about a child witnessing an event in his life. This was quite horrific, as vivid details of his mother being stung by a scorpion are portrayed in the poem. On the other hand "Sacrifice" by Taufiq Rafat (1927-1998) portrays a sacrificial ceremony, in celebration of laying the foundation of a new dwelling. The purpose of this sacrifice is to give the dwelling good luck. "Sacrifice" is by an English-language Pakistani poet…...
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Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”
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Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" and Catherine Davis' "After a Time" demand comparison: Davis' poem was written in deliberate response to Thomas'. Davis assumes the reader's familiarity with "Do Not Go Gentle," which she uses to articulate her contrasting ideas. "After a Time," although it is a literary work in its own right, might even be thought of as serious parody--perhaps the greatest compliment one writer can pay another. One of the forms of analysis…...
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‘One Art’ by Elizabeth Bishop
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This paper analyzes Bishops poem, focusing on verse form and language Essay interpreting "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop In "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop, the speaker's attitude in the last stanza relates to the other stanzas in verse form and language. The speaker uses these devices to convey her attitude about losing objects. The verse form in "One Art" is villanelle. The poem has tercet stanzas until the last, which is four lines. In the first three stanzas, the poem…...
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OChilde Harold’s Pilgrimage Poem Review
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A review of Byron's poem "OChilde Harold's Pilgrimage". In ByronOs poem, OChilde HaroldOs PilgrimageO the main character is portrayed as a dark brooding man, who doesnOt like society and wants to escape from the world because of his discontent with it. Through the poem we see the strong resemblance the Byronic hero has to many of todays popular characters, such as Batman. In the third stanza of the poem we learn that Childe Harold is the product of a long…...
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Marvell & Herrick’s Use of Carpe Diem
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The powerful Latin phrase "Carpe Diem" is interpreted into English as "to seize the day." When I hear this phrase, especially in the context of literature, I imagine a narrative written in order to explain a theory or moral. "To seize the day" is a powerful expression that applies to us all in a certain aspect of life. Making the most out of life is a predominant goal to most of us. However, themes of "Carpe Diem" were especially predominant…...
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Lord Byron Don Juan
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Lord Byron’s Don Juan Reading Lord Byron’s poetry is never dull, reading Don Juan is a delighting way to pass your evening. From the very first stanzas the reader will be giggling and keeping a smile that will only be eclipsed at knowing the extent of the poem, for Byron himself joked about long poems “... When poets say, ?I’ve written fifty rhymes,?/ They make you dread that they’ll recite them too. ” (Don Juan, Lord Byron, Canto I, 108)…...
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Look closely at “The Passionate Shepherd to his love” By Christopher Marlowe and “To his coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
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The Passionate Shepherd to his love by Christopher Marlowe is a plea to his love, for her to move to the countryside to live with him. He idealises life in the country and makes it sound romantic and perfect. He ignores all the bad points and really exaggerates the good and what he is going to do for her when she arrives. "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell is also a persuasive poem from a man to a woman,…...
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John Donne’s “The Sunne Rising” and “The Flea” and “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
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Metaphysical poetry necessitates the understanding of mankind but concentrates on topics such as romantic love, sexual love, faith, loyalty and religion. The poems are very short and have a formal tone, metaphysical poems are characterised by arguments and theories yet to be proved. It was written between 1572 and 1695, these were chaotic time as there were lost of changes taking place. For instance in 1577 there was the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The "Gunpowder Plot", dissolution of parliament,…...
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Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen
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Jessie Pope’s treatment of the subject of war strikingly contrasts to the anti-war poet Wilfred Owen. Pope’s poetry appears to take a carefree approach, however, is in fact very brutal when compared to Owen’s. In Jessie Pope’s ‘Who’s for the Game?’ there is extensive use of rhetorical questions to persuade and pressure British men to enlist. For instance, she writes, ‘Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid?’ Pope is addressing all young men and is therefore challenging their masculinity; anyone…...
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“Holy Sonnet”, “To His Coy Mistress”, and “Sonnet 71”
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We have recently studied 3 poems " TO HIS COY MISTRES " by Andrew Marvell in which he is trying to persuade his mistress to sleep with him using the imagery of love sex and death. The second of the three is HOLY SONNET written by John Donre a priest who is challenging death. The third and final is SONNET 71 written by William Shakespeare who is writing to his lover telling her to no longer mourn for him when…...
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“Greater Love”by Wilfred Owen
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“Greater Love” is a poem about the painful memories experienced by Wilfred Owen in World War I. These memories seem to overshadow the memories he has for his love. All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel whcich is also about World War I. The description of the war is similar in both works. Experiencing the terrors of war changed the outlook Owen has on life, and this poem describes his new outlook. The theme of “Greater Love” is…...
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The Great Gatsby: Chapter 5 Analysis
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When Gatsby finally reached her, an abrupt weather challenged the mood of the story. The pouring rain represents things going to the sad or wrong direction, but when the rain stops things starts to go well. When it began raining at their meeting, they might have been thinking about the sad and troublesome past, that’s why Daisy was sad and Gatsby is nervous. Additionally, it made the scene and conversation very out of depth and sad. When the rain stops,…...
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Explore the ways Christina Rossetti and Carol Ann Duffy present attitudes to female models
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In Rossetti's poem she talks about the mirror that gave back all the "loveliness of the nameless girl"- the saint, the angel. In Carol Ann Duffy's poem we are taken through the looking glass and into the rather sceptical mind of the "Queen in opal or in ruby dress" rather than gazing on the painter with "true kind eyes" instead she looks at the painter with a tough and un-sentimental gaze. Duffy's model is under no illusions about who she…...
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Explore and compare the ways in which the poets present the relationships
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Explore and compare the ways in which the poets present the relationships between men and women in 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell, 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti and 'The Beggar Women' by William King. Consider the social and cultural contexts in which the poems are set. For most pre-twentieth century writers, love and marriage provide ways to talk about relationships between men and women. Marvell, Rossetti and King, however, ignore marriage in favour of sex, and love, in…...
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Explore how Browning and Marvell present the theme of Obsession in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ 
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Robert Browning and Andrew Marvell both use the idea of obsession as the basis for their poems but although there are similarities in the personae's obsessions, each seems obsessed in a different way. I understand the word 'obsession' to mean when a person's thoughts are completely dominated by something or someone. This is definitely what we see in these poems and each author subtly portrays their own ideas on obsession very effectively. The obsessed personae in the two poems are…...
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Exegetical Commentary on Romans 12: 1-13
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Paul’s Letter to the Romans has proved itself to be one of the important letters of Paul because it is the longest at the same time the most systematic of the letters in terms of the unfolding of the thoughts of the apostle. As such, this gospel has attracted a number of Catholic and Protestant theologians and clerics. Martin Luther himself gave an extensive commentary on this Letter precisely because some of the important tenets of Protestantism could be found…...
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‘Especially When The October Wind’ by Dylan Thomas
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The dynamic 'force' that drives man and nature is now spoken of as 'the hand' that controls ('ropes') both the wind that blows about the world and the ship of death, so to speak, that the poet sails ('my shroud sail') in his mortality. "(John Ackerman p. 79) The hand that whirls the water in the pool Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind Hauls my shroud sail. And I am dumb to tell the hanging man How of…...
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The Poem Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
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The first poem I will explain is 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' it shows the realistic side of living on the front line. The title is in Latin 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' which gives the impression of an old Roman or Roman related poem. 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' is Latin for "It is sweet and honourable" the other part to that sentence is "Pro patrioa mori". It means "to die for my country". This means the sentence "Dulce Et Decorum Est…...
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Trip through First World War in Dulce Est Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
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In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, the author Wilfred Owen is trying to convey and express the horrific images and the physical appeal of the first world war by showing the awful terror and atmosphere of what Owen experienced and suffered through. When you read the poem you can feel the ambience and atmosphere that’s he is trying to show us. You can automatically feel the emotions and pain that he went through, it makes you feel disgusted, shocked…...
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Disabled – Wilfred Owen
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“Disabled” described a soldier who stayed in the hospital due to the fact that he got physically and mentally destroyed. It shows the effect the war has on the young man’s life. He was in deep misery since he was limbless clearly as a result of war. The word “wheeled chair” implies that the person is disabled, and the quote “legless, sewn short at elbow” further described that the soldier was limbless. Owen described him as a “ghastly suit of…...
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Poems To His Coy Mistress and The Flea
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Andrew Marvell and John Donne were both metaphysical poets who did not write for money, but for pleasure. Also both poets are writing about a male speaker who is pressurising their mistress to succumb to their sexual desire. In these poems we also can find some humorous lines, which were intended. "Had we but enough, and time, This Coyness, Lady, were no crime," The speaker indicates in the first two lines to his mistress that if they had all the…...
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Contrasts between Poems Exposure and Breakfast
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Exposure gives the reader a diminutive view of the front line based on Wilfred Owen's experiences in the winter of 1917. Wilfred Owen repeats four times in his poem 'Nothing happens' - nothing except tiny changes in the time of day, the weather and the progress of the war. The men appear trapped in a No Man's Land between life and death, and the poem's movement is circular. When it ends, they are exactly where they were in the first…...
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Consider some of the ways in which Heaney explores the continuity between past and present in his poetry
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Seamus Heaney, in his poetry, calls upon elements of past and present in which he explores certain continuity in different ways and to different effects, or at least, in most poems studied up to now. His work's main frame, confessional poetry, is one in which he makes allusions to his own personal experience, past or present, but he also evokes historical events and experiences, both of which are evidently subject to time. Yet, how does Heaney explore such an abstract,…...
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Metaphysical poems by Andrew Marvell and John Dunne
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In this essay I am going to compare two metaphysical poems; 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'The Flea' by John Dunne. Andrew Marvell and John Dunne are both called metaphysical poem writers. Andrew Marvell is known to be one of the greatest metaphysical poets, and John Dunne is known to be the father of metaphysical poetry. Metaphysical strictly means a type of philosophy. However, the word is used for this group of poets and was originally used…...
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A comparison of ‘Easy’ by Andrew Fusek Peters with Andrew Marvell’s ‘To his Coy Mistress’
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After reading the two poems in detail and after doing group analysis the following points were brought up for a further evaluation. These were: theme, ideas, language, imagery and personal opinion. Both poems deal with seduction and relationships but vary of how it is done. In the poem 'Easy', SEX seemed to be the biggest issue. The relationship here was more of a 'one time fling' or a 'one night stand' type of relationship where the characters only pursue love…...
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What do Wilfred Owens poems reveal about his views on religion?
...As Dante's Inferno is based in hell, it shows that war is mostly founded by hell itself. "The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patri mori. " This quote is from 'Dulce Et Decorum Est. ' It means, 'It is good and fitting to die for your country. ' Wil...
On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff – Compare and contrast the ways in which two poets communicate feelings about the passing of time
...The uses of alliteration, repetition and tone help show how over a long period of time nature wins its battles. In Beeny Cliff the poem is told through the eyes of a man whose mood changes in the poem. At the beginning he is happy and contented but b...
Explore and compare the ways in which the poets present the relationships
...The social and cultural contexts of all the poems discussed effectively silence their women, placing them on a pedestal far removed from the society of dominant men. Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' adores that woman, but his adoration serves t...
Explore how Browning and Marvell present the theme of Obsession in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ 
...I think that Marvell's poem To His Coy Mistress portrays desperation best and uses more powerful language to support the case in hand but in my opinion Porphyria's Lover gives a better portrayal of obsession. More empathy can be felt in this poem whe...
‘Especially When The October Wind’ by Dylan Thomas
...My point is further proven through Ackerman where he writes: "In the final stanza the phallus is referred to as 'wire', a more commonplace term than 'hero'; celebrating the sexual activity with physical and religious ambiguities (two 'knaves of thiev...
Consider some of the ways in which Heaney explores the continuity between past and present in his poetry
...In his consideration of continuity between past and present, he works on different levels, diverging from ideas such as metaphors or other images, to crafts and workings such as the use of a particular form, or term. His enterprise of studying time i...

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