Poetry

Porphyria’s Lover Report

Robert Browning calls the first poem that I shall talk about Porphyria’s Lover. It is about a man who is so in love with a fine lady called Porphyria that he strangles her with her own hair, just because he wants her and wants to control her for the rest of her life. It says […]

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Attitudes towards other people in poetry

The way we act towards others can literally shape our relationships with them. Due to the immense effect our attitudes can have, when they are portrayed in poetry, writers seem to do so using a wide variety of both vivid and subtle techniques. The purpose of this essay is to compare the way it is […]

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Porphyria’s lover and My last duchess by Robert Browning

Both poems are written in dramatic monologue. In both poems they both show their feelings and attitudes towards their lovers. Both poems show male dominance and their control of the whole situation throughout the poem. This was probably traditional at Browning’s time that the man is strong and the poor woman is the weak victim. […]

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‘Mid-Term Break’ by Seamus Heaney and ‘Second Opinion’ by Douglas Dunn

‘Mid-Term Break’ by Seamus Heaney is a poem about the tragic loss of a young boy. Heaney wrote it as a result of his own infant brother’s (Christopher) death. Its content is dramatic and heart rendering in describing the feelings, emotions and reactions of Heaney himself, his relations and others post the tragic event. ‘Second […]

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A Comparison Of Trout and Cow in Calf by Seamus Heaney

The poem “Trout” is a description of a trout’s movements through a river. It uses much repeated imagery and similes to achieve this description of the trout. The poem is made up of four stanzas, each of four lines, and then a single isolated line at the end of the poem. The poem has no […]

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Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney

The poem by Seamus Heaney describes what the blackberries look like, taste like and feels like in great detail. He used the descriptions of colour very well. In the short story the writer describes the excitement and feelings of the young boy in great detail, however he then describes the feelings of disappointment and sadness […]

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Compare and contrast, My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover

Robert Browning was one of the greatest poets of the Nineteenth Century. He was an English poet who was especially noted for his dramatic monologues. During the Nineteenth Century, Robert Browning wrote a series of poems. Two of which were popular, “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover”. These two monologues have similar themes; how men […]

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Voices and monologues – Duffy and Armitage

I will compare the characters in the four poems Kid, Havisham, The Laboratory and My last Duchess. Havisham is by Carol Ann Duffy, Kid is by Simon Armitage and My last Duchess and The Laboratory are both by Robert Browning. All four of these poems are dramatic monologues. They all give a strong message of […]

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An Essay on the Poems “Out, Out” and “Mid -Term Break”

In this essay I will be describing the techniques used in the poems “Out, Out” by Robert Frost and “Mid – Term Break” by Seamus Heaney. Both poems are deal with the same subject matter, the death of a young person but in very different styles. The poem “Out, Out” describes a boy who is […]

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Heaney’s poetry

Seamus Heaney has identified the precise moment at which the process of writing poetry “moved from being simply a matter of achieving the satisfactory verbal icon to being a search for images and symbols adequate to our predicament. “1 It was the “summer of 1969”, when the “original heraldic murderous encounter between Protestant yeoman and […]

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