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…...
NovelsSeamus Heaney
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…...
Wilfred Owen
‘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…...
Crime And PunishmentSeamus Heaney
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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.…...
PoemsReligionWilfred Owen
“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…...
FeelingPoets
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…...
ComparisonPoemsPoetryWarWilfred Owen
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…...
Dulce Et Decorum EstPoetryWilfred Owen
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 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…...
Dylan ThomasNightPoetrySacrifice
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…...
Elizabeth BishopOne Art
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…...
Andrew MarvellCarpe Diem
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,…...
Andrew MarvellLiteratureTo His Coy Mistress
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,…...
Andrew MarvellJohn DonnePoetryTo His Coy Mistress
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…...
Dulce Et Decorum EstPopeWilfred Owen
“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…...
All Quiet on The Western FrontWilfred Owen
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,…...
Dylan ThomasThe Great Gatsby
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…...
Andrew MarvellExplorePoetryTo His Coy Mistress
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…...
Dylan Thomas
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…...
Wilfred Owen
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…...
Andrew MarvellPoems
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…...
Andrew MarvellPoemsTo His Coy Mistress
Comparing ‘Remember’ to ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’
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In this essay, I am going to compare the poems 'Remember' by poet Christina Rossetti and poet Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'. The poem 'Remember' reflects poet Rossetti's life towards the end, when she was slowly dying of cancer. She knew she was inevitably going to die, just as the narrator does in 'Remember'. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote the poem 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' when his father was gravely ill in…...
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Compare the way in which these poets convey their attitudes to love and relationships
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The two poems I am comparing are 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell. Coy can be translated into modern language as Shy. The whole poem is persuasive and is trying to get the lady to sleep with him, but because she is shy she wont. Marvell lived in the 17th century from 1621-1678. The poem in contrast is 'Sonnet 116' by William Shakespeare who also wrote this poem in the 17th century and he lived from 1564-1616. This poem…...
Andrew MarvellAttitudeLove And RelationshipPoetry
Compare The Treatment Of The Themes Of Love And Time In The poems To His Coy Mistress And Sonnet 18
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When reading the two poems I found that To His Coy Mistress and Sonnet 18 are both very well structured. The authors Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare show their views very well. The points they showed were love, life and death. The author of 'To His Coy Mistress' Andrew Marvell shows and uses a persuasive argument. A persuasive quote such as 'let us sport us wile we may' means let us do it while we have the opportunity. Shakespeare however…...
Andrew MarvellPoemsPoetryTimeTo His Coy Mistress
Compare and Contrast the Works of William Wordsworth and Richard Stuart Thomas On the Themes of People and the Landscape
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The two poets I have chosen for this assignment are William Wordsworth and Richard Stuart Thomas. These are a few of the poets who liked to talk about landscapes and people in their poems. I am going to see what the differences between these great poets are and also the similarities. William Wordsworth was born in 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, in the Lake District. His father was John Wordsworth who was an attorney. When he was seventeen he went to…...
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Compare and contrast: “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and “To his coy mistress” by Andrew Marvell
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In this essay I will be compare and contrasting "How do I love?" and "To His Coy Mistress". I will be discussing how the two poems are similar and different in this way of their treatment towards the one they love. To his coy mistress is a poem which shows a lot of reasons and explanation for this love consider why the poem is very long. But the poem is also very sexually orientated, this man who is confessing his…...
Andrew MarvellBarrettLoveTo His Coy Mistress
Compare and contrast how Lord Byron’s She Walks in Beauty and William Wordsworth’s She was a Phantom of Delight
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This essay intends to explore the theme of attraction in two similar poems by pre 20th century poets Lord Byron and William Wordsworth. This essay will include the background of each of the poets and how the poets ideas are outlined using language, structure and form. The essay will hopefully show using various quotes how the subject of mysterious beauty is put forth and the way in which the personality of characters differ from each poem. The essay will also…...
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Compare and contrast John Donne’s ‘The Flea’ and Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’; Deciding which you feel is the most seductive
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Andrew Marvell and John Donne were two prominent members of the metaphysical movement and they wrote the poems "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Flea" respectively. The two poems are based on the idea of seduction and both express their different views making the poems contrasting to one another. John Donne's and Andrew Marvell's poems both use their metaphysical views to mock the concept of courtly love. Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" describes the poet's impatient desire for furthering his…...
Andrew MarvellJohn DonnePoetryTo His Coy Mistress
Compare and contrast, with close textual reference, ‘Cousin Kate’ by Rossetti and ‘The Seduction’ by McAuley
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'Cousin Kate' is a pre-twentieth century poem, which was written by Christina Rossetti. It is about a young woman who works as a cottage maiden, she falls in love with a lord and sleeps with him. She finds out that she is pregnant with the lord's baby but is dumped for her cousin. The second poem, 'The Seduction', is a more modern poem. It is about a teenage girl who meets a boy at a party, they get on well…...
Christina RossettiCompare And Contrast
Compare and contrast Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” with John Donne’s “The Sunne Rising”
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Both poems "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Sunne Rising" were written by metaphysical poets, this is one of many similarities in the poem. However, there are also a number of differences between them. In both poems, there is an obvious link to the theme of "Carpe Diem" which simply means "seize the day". The poems relate to time and that of how it's running out. They seem to be in a rush. The content of the poem is Marvell…...
Andrew MarvellCarpe DiemJohn DonneLoveTo His Coy Mistress
Compare and Contrast Poems “Here”, by R.S. Thomas, “Reservist” by Boey Kim Cheng, “Attack” by Siegfried Sassoon and “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen Paying Particular Attention to Their Statements on Human Violence and Human Nature
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Literature Essay The four poems that are going to be analyzed below offer different statements on human nature and the subject of human violence. The poem “Here” by R. S. Thomas, a man of devout but questioning faith, centers on the themes of doubt and guilt. In the beginning stanza, we can see that the poem is the reflection of the persona, which we then realize is his questioning about religion.This is suggested by the quote “You can feel the…...
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Christina Rossetti’s “In an Artist’s Studio”
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Christina Rossetti’s poem entitled “In an Artist’s Studio” is a depiction of two characters having connection with one another – the painter and the model. The painter saw different light from the model that he is painting. The model was not a usual woman but an angel or a saint that comes from heaven. He was mesmerized with the captivating aura of the woman who seemed to be simple in the past. Through the painting process, light comes within the…...
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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...
Compare the way in which these poets convey their attitudes to love and relationships
...Shakespeare is again writing in complete opposite to Marvell, he says love does not change 'in brief hours or weeks'. Love 'bears it out even to the edge of doom' meaning love lat beyond people's lifetimes, to the ends of eternity. Shakespeare then e...
Compare and contrast how Lord Byron’s She Walks in Beauty and William Wordsworth’s She was a Phantom of Delight
...The use of certain language features has given the poems a more in depth understanding and this has been shown in both the first lines and parts of the poems referring to beauty. The first lines have also grasped the reader by not giving away the who...
Compare and contrast John Donne’s ‘The Flea’ and Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’; Deciding which you feel is the most seductive
...My preference of two poems, and the one I feel to be the most seductive is Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress." I believe the content of the poem is excellent as the progression of Marvell's frustration is clearly evident in each of the three stan...
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