How does the exploration of the connections between two texts from different times deepen our understanding of what is constant in human nature? The comparative study of the poetry of John Donne and Margaret Edson’s play, W;t, reveals changes in context inform what we value in human nature, specifically in regards to finitude, relationships and humanity. John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, ‘Death be not proud’, ‘This is my playes last scene’ and ‘If poysonous mineralls’ explore the fear of death and the need to belittle it, whereas ‘Hymne to God my God, in my Sicknesse’ (‘Hymne’) and ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’ (‘Valediction’) deal with the idealised, spiritual aspects of love and relationships. The need to undermine the power of death is reflected, though expressed differently, in both ‘Death be not proud’ and W;t. In ‘Death be not proud’, the personification of death, the logical argumentative structure and tone of the sonnet cohesively highlight the idea that death is not the absolute end, and can be transcended through a religious belief in salvation. In the concluding couplet, Donne affirms that after “one short sleepe” imposed upon us by death, we wake to the eternal life of salvation and in that life of the soul, “death shall be no more”.
Explore how the writer presents her ideas about death in conscientious objector. Conscientious Objector is written by Edna St. Vincent Millay. It expresses her strong views on pacifism. The poem is written from the viewpoint of a conscientious objector and uses personification as one of its key poetic devices. The title of the poem gives us a clear indication of the theme.
Compare the ways controlling characters are used in Les Grands Seigneurs and My Last Duchess Dorothy Molloy and Robert Browning, the poets of Les Grands Seigneurs and My Last Duchess respectively, both create a significant and controlling character in their poems; using similar techniques and themes to illustrate the power and dominance to portray a specific message. Firstly, both Malloy and Browning frequently embed the personal pronoun ‘my’ into their controlling characters narrative. For example, the controlling character in Les Grands Seigneurs quotes ‘men were my buttresses’ in the opening line, whilst similarly, in the opening line of My Last Duchess, ‘that’s my last duchess painted on the wall’. This use of ‘my’ enables both characters to develop a sense of possession over their loved ones to the readers immediately; thus allowing their retelling of love to their audiences to be easier. This sense of control is only further strengthened by another technique used by both poets, the regular inclusion of caesuras.
Q) 'A deeper understanding of disruption and identity emerges from examining Frankenstein.' Discuss how this text explores disruption and identity. Due to the social paradigms of her time, Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein", is a cautionary tale concerning the advancement of humanity. The novel addresses the themes of the relationship between humankind and nature, the impact of technology on human society and the collapse of morality. However, the context inevitably shapes the values of the composer and is reflected in the way those values are presented to us.
Viewpoints represented of belonging vary amongst different people, societies and cultures. Achieving a sense of belonging is based upon the conception as to feel accepted based on the perception of self or of others. For each individual a achieving a sense of belonging often arises from their ability to overcome the societal expectations and form their own personal identity. Through the stylistic and linguistic techniques of Emily Dickinson in her poems I gave myself to him¬, I died for beauty but it was scarce, and The saddest noise, the sweetest noise; as well as the techniques of Kate Chopin in her short story The Story of an Hour my understanding of belonging is developed to grasp the idea that people experience a sense of belonging in varied and complex ways. Individuals often establish a connection of belonging through groups and institutions.
Compare the ways in which Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin evaluate the perception of victimisation The theme I decided to focus on was the poets perception of victimisation. Both authors in these poems use this motif in different ways both having the personas in their poems having no control at the forefront of their storyline. The poems I decided to compare where Sunny Prestatyn, Ambulances, Daddy and Lady Lazarus. The poets choose to highlight these themes throughout their poems because both have gone through a form of victimisation. Whether in Plath’s case it’s through her father, husband, life in general she seems to feel.
Discuss how a variety of language modes, forms, features and structures have shaped your understanding of belonging or not belonging in your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing. Thesis 1: Our sense of belonging is developed as a means to resist the transitory nature of life. Thesis 2: Dickinson’s poetry represents the intrinsic discourse and consequent conflict between an individual’s sense of belonging and
The poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and the short story, “Used to Live Here Once” shares a common theme of death and impermanence. Both are two different kinds of writing and they both carry themes that are similar that will be discovered and identified for its values in this essay. I will compare and contrast the significance of the common themes by comparing and analyze literal elements; using symbols and relationship with each other with identifying the form and style in each of these writings listed above point by point to help keep an organized thought flow. I will be examining these two writings forms one at a time by giving my literary experience and examples how the literal symbols, images, imaginative characteristics, rhyme and alliteration helps allow the reader to open oneself up to hidden meanings. I will be giving my own ideal argument on the way the theme relates with my reading literary experience and personal insight.
Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text & at least ONE other related text of your own choosing. An individual’s interaction can indeed enrich or limit one’s experience of belonging, as belonging is one of the essential needs of any human being. Belonging can be seen in the prescribed text of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society & Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, where the central characters are driven by their need to belong or not belong which is ultimately stimulated by the world & people around them. The Crucible is based on the Salem community found in Massachusetts, a small & religious Puritan village of New England on the true story of how a group of young girls began the world famous Salem witch hunts that were responsible for the deaths of many innocent people due to their desperate need for belonging. The Salem community is set in an isolated area vastly distant from mainstream society, with its own social hierarchy, belief system & way of life.
Second: Morality confers a compensatory value of life. And most importantly third: Age is a paralytic stasis of body and health. Then she analyzes the connection between Stevens´s poetic structures and content of his poems. Stevens´s late works seem to be nearly obsessed with experience of time and death. His most impressive and distinctive stylistic analogies to one of his favorite topics are repetitive forms which recall strongly the stasis of the end described in Vendler´s premises to Steven´s work.