Poetry (and all literature) written before the Great War differs greatly to poetry written during and after it. This is because the ‘Great War’ of 1914-1918, methods of warfare and fighting changed from traditional ways. These affected people, and subsequently caused differences in attitudes towards war. The techniques and the use of language in poems …

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The two poems, ‘In a London Drawing Room’ by Mary Ann Evans, and ‘Upon Westminster Bridge’ by William Wordsworth both speak about London, but they both do it in strikingly different ways. Evans’ is an ugly, negative poem that talks of a dark, gloomy, monotonous place, choked with smog and people. Wordsworth’s happy sonnet projects …

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Poetry Analysis

The sick rose is a very ambiguous poem, open to several interpretations as the images and objects in the poem can have various meanings. I am going to analyse different sections of the poem to then be able to give my overall reading of Blake’s poem. A rose, can connote beauty, it can be a …

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Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell is widely known as a novel that holds many parables to modern society. Whilst it is often interpreted as an allegory to the Russian Revolution, its application may be broadened to include other examples of totalitarianism. George Orwell uses his novel to illustrate the corruptive nature of absolute power, and …

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The poems, “Limbo” and “Bye-Child”, were both written by Heaney, depicting the message of child cruelty and neglect from both the mothers and childs view. In, “Limbo”, the poems show a mother who has to commit infanticide, whereas in, “Bye-Child”, the child is kept alive, but hidden away and neglected. Both mothers have resorted to …

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