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AQA Power and Conflict Anthology Poem Summaries
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Ozymandias (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
A powerful ruler who sees himself as a 'king of kings', perhaps a great warrior and one of the most powerful men in the world.
The poem is almost being ironic, pointing out that now all that remains is an arrogant boast on a ruined statue. Perhaps the poet feels sorry for him or is laughing at his expense. Either way it looks at the inevitable downfall of all rulers and tyrants, and how nothing, not even power, lasts forever.
London (William Blake)
This is a poem which is more about the lack of power and abuse of power. The poem is set in the capital of the most powerful country in the world and yet words like 'manacles' suggest slavery while the soldiers sigh 'runs in blood down palace walls' a clear contrast between those with power and those without.
Extract from Prelude (William Wordsworth)
The poem portrays a sense of conflict between man and nature where nature is eventually shown to be more powerful.
My Last Duchess (Robert Browning)
The idea of Power and Conflict is shown in the way the speaker (the Duke of Ferrara) is showing off his power and also suggesting the control he had over the Duchess's life. There is also conflict between who he presents or wants himself to be
and who he really is as a character.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
This poem is about war, life and death, sacrifice and folly. It naturally links to conflict and is effective at demonstrates society's view of war at this time. The poem also contains a lot of reference to biblical/religious ideas as well as bravery and fear.
Exposure (Wilfred Owen)
The poem itself is about the weather and conditions of living in the trenches rather than any fighting. It is more a poem about the conflict between man and nature. This is extremely relevant because man has created machines that can launch explosive shells for miles and destroy the landscape, and yet, nature can still do more harm than any of it.
Storm on the Island (Seamus Heaney)
This poem looks at the conflict between nature and man and people's fear of the weather. However the poet also points out that the fears are really rather small in the grand scheme. There is also a hint of war and conflict in the way the weather is described with "bombardment" and "salvo".
Bayonet Charge (Ted Hughes)
The poem clearly is set around conflict in that it is a soldier rushing out of the trenches on the attack. However the poem also looks at ideas like transformation, humanity and nature (in the form of the yellow hare and green hedge). In the poem the solider is almost more machine or animal than human and this is reflected in the power themed words used to describe him.
Remains (Simon Armitage)
The poem is originally set in a warzone and naturally looks at conflict in a direct way. However it also looks heavily at the after effects of
conflict and the long term effects it has on the people involved. Power is partly shown in this as well, firstly the soldiers power over life and
death but later the power over their own memory and experiences. Mental health and morality are also key in this.
Poppies (Jane Weir)
This poem looks partially at conflict because of the nature of the son going to war, however it looks at conflict more from the perspective of those it leaves behind and the emotions of families. It is a behind the scenes view of conflict rather than
addressing the conflict itself. There is also a level of conflict in the mothers emotions, pride, fear, sadness.
War Photographer (Carol Ann Duffy)
This poem looks at conflict in the sense that he has taken photos of war and fighting. However there is also conflict between the warzone and 'Rural England', the poet is trying to emphasise how out of touch people are about the truth of war, as well as how it is more a business or bit of gossip rather than life changing and destructive.
Tissue (Imtiaz Dharker)
This poem looks at conflict in terms of destruction and politics particularly, it hints that we make our own conflict by holding on too tight to power and control and actually the need to relax and remember we are all human.
The Emigree (Carol Rumens)
This poem has a deep sense of conflict in terms of emotions and memory, the poet is torn between her childhood memory and her adult understanding. This also reflects in the form of the city itself today which has become a hostile totalitarian place. The concept of a city can
be a metaphor for memories and growth in general, progression from childhood to maturity.
Checking Out Me History (John Agard)
Racial identity and history are important to the poem and the poet writes with a phonetic style to capture their voice and create tone emphasising his Caribbean origins. Conflict occurs when we see the contrast with what we are taught and what we are not, the nature of the characters and history involved being 'conflict' and the conflict of the victor (whom we remember) and those we don't. The poet is also at conflict with 'dem' or with fact and fiction to emphasise the conflict in his own identity.
Kamikaze (Beatrice Garland)
The poem is set in a time and topic of conflict, however the real conflict is between the rules of a society 'honour' in Japanese culture, and
the will to survive and return to a family. The conflict is particularly profound because there appears to be no right answer and the pilot dies,
one way or another, in the eyes of his family, if not in body, the poem explores the futility of trying to avoid your own fate/destiny.
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