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PostSubject: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:21 pm

What are the thematic links between 'Report to Wordsworth', 'Flower-Fed Buffaloes' and 'Lament'?
You need to answer with at least one paragraph and include one example of how this theme is explored in each poem (one quote per poem with an explanation)

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PostSubject: Re: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:25 pm

The thematic links between 'Report to Wordsworth', 'Flower-Fed Buffaloes' and 'Lament’ could be how humans are destructing the world and killing nature.
In Report to Wordsworth the main theme would be on the apocalypses, this apocalypses could be the humans that are destructing the world.
In flower fed buffaloes the main idea is presented by showing how humans have killed the buffaloes and invaded there land by putting a train line there. When the writer puts: “Ranged where the locomotives sing” has the clear message of showing that where the locomotives pass now is where buffaloes used to be.
In lament the same idea is shown, but this time, humans are destructing the world and killing humans in a war. When the writer puts “for the uniform of fire” it is a clear image that a soldier is on fire.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:06 pm

The thematic links between 'Report to Wordsworth', 'Flower-Fed Buffaloes' and 'Lament’ are the destruction of nature by humans.
In 'Report to Wordsworth", Cheng mentions some gods of the Greek and Roman mythology in order to express the strength of the pollution created by men. "Neptune lies helpless as a beached whale, while insatiate man moves in for the kill." Here the author is contrasting the modern world with mythology, suggesting that the contamination is even stronger than the gods.
In 'Flower-Fed Buffaloes' the author explores the theme by contrasting the natural with the unnatural. The unnatural, the human influence is seen as a destroyer of nature. "The tossing, blooming, perfumed grass Is swept away by the wheat" The author uses adjectives to show the presence of nature, but when she refers to 'the wheat', she uses no adjectives suggesting there is human influence.
In 'Lament' the author makes a type of list in order to explore the destruction of nature. The author mentions different kinds of animals, the ones that live in sea, earth and air. She does this in order to give the destruction of nature a sense of vastness, suggesting that contamination affects everyone and everything.
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PostSubject: mr collins question   Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:46 pm

The thematic link between “Report to Wordsworth” 'Flower-Fed Buffaloes' and 'Lament' Is the destruction man has cause in nature.
In report to wordworth , Cheng uses the mythological idea to represent the power of nature suggesting that even though it is really strong is not enough to deal with the destruction men is causing in nature which is clearly shown in this line” All hopes of Proteus rising from the sea have sunk; he is entombed in waste” Man has cause so much damage that now not even the most powerful beings can fight against it.
In the poem red flower fed- buffaloes the author manages to express that sense of destruction by contrasting the loveliness of nature and the ugliness of man.” Ranged where the locomotives sing and the prairie flowers lie low;” Locomotives is representing man. This line is an euphemism for the dying flowers and killing of nature by man, emphasizing the idea of the destruction by the use of a contrast.
In lament, Clarke gives perspectives of the destruction of men as a whole, showing the destruction in many areas making it something global, he is sorry for all those things men had destroyed including themselves. He presents many species such as turtles and birds suffering for men’s contamination.” For the cormorant in his funeral silk…” here the line shows the destruction and disruption man causes in nature when for example oil is dropped to the sea, and how bird eventually die with that layer of oil over them.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:08 pm

the thematic links between "report to wordsworth", "lament" and "flower fed buffaloes" is the human destruction of nature
representing the apocalypse, saying that humans have enough power to destroy gods from nature the author contrast the mortal world with mithology.
, or human destroying a natural habitat in the poem of "flower fed buffaloes" when the author personifies the locomotives to give them human characteristics and emphazise that they are the ones that are destroying the earth. emphsises how humans are polluting and destroying their own habitat
and in "lament" it shows how through war human are destroying their kind and also nature.



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PostSubject: Re: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:10 pm

The theme from all three "flower fed buffaloes", "Lament" and "Report to WW" is the destruction of nature by mankind and the winning of man over nature, plus that human is making his own destruction by his own hand.
In The FFB poem the author mentions "But the flower-fed buffaloes of the spring
Left us long ago." this doesnt exactly mean they left but that because mankind has taken their lands for breeding, living, etc, they have been somehow obliterated from their lands and arent found there anymore. This quote can be related to the poem Lament where the author says "For her eggs laid in their nest of sickness." (the green turtle) this suggests that mankind has left no chance for the turtle to lay down her eggs and that because of this war and destruction her eggs are "sick" which has a deadly imagery, making the reader think they are sick dying. However what strikes most is RtWW because it mentions "in a sky slowing like a daying clock" this suggests not only that mankind is destroying nature but that it is also destroying itself but destroying nature giving an apocaliptical imagery saying that the end is near. These themes are expressed in these three poems because the authors wish the readers to have second thoughts about it, they want the read to do something about as in RtWW, seems not only that the author wants to tell this to WW to do something but also seems to wish the reader to be somehow like or WW itself so he can do something about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:00 pm

The thematic link between 'Report to Wordsworth', 'Flower-Fed Buffaloes' and 'Lament' is the destruction of nature by human hands.
In 'Lament' the author shows in each stanza different example of how certain animals or certain species are being affected by human conflicts, and how humans are being affected by the problems they cause themselves. She contrasts the natural with the unnatural eg. "the whale struck dumb by the missile's thunder", where the whale (natural) is stunned and confused by the near impact of an exploding missile (unnatural).
In 'The Flower-Fed Buffaloes' the author writes on the devastating effect of human development and how it has swept away the grass, the prairie flowers, and nature in general. She uses the concept "lying low" as a euphamism for death, rather than saying "dead". To contrast the natural with the unnatural the author uses adjective only when describing nature, and no adjectives for the unnatural concepts eg. the wheat planted by man in the fields that once contained "blooming, perfumed grass"
In 'Report to Wordsworth' the author contrasts the mythological ideal with modern reality to describe the magnitude of human's destructive power. He describes man as insatiate, reckless and unstoppable even by the divine and the supernatural. eg. "and Neptune lies helpless as a beached whale", the author describes the gods to be impotent when it comes to human destruction, by comparing Neptune's weakness with that of a beached whale.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr Collins Poetry Question: Report to Wordsworth, Flower Fed, Lament   Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:32 pm

Sir who won the positive annotation? They come in handy nowadays.
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