What effect and impact does poetry induce?

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What effect and impact does poetry induce?


I have chosen to complete my project in the form of an extended written report, based around four poems that I have chosen. These poems each have a certain emotion as a key theme, which I will be focusing on throughout this report. The poems I have chosen are as follows:

How Still, How Happy (Emily Bronte) - joy/happiness

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Dylan Thomas) - sadness

Sonnet 18 (William Shakespeare) - romance/love

Daffodils (William Wordsworth) - calming/peaceful

I have chosen these poems as I believe they illustrate effectively and convey each emotion in such a way that it could result in a cathartic experience; a truly hard-hitting meaning. Additionally, there is a stark contrast between each underlying emotion, allowing me to cover a vast range of feelings.

In order to complete this project, I will use the internet, my book and poetry books to improve my analysis and outlook on the specific uses and techniques such as structure and word types, and for research on the authors.

How still, how happy! Those are words That once would scarce agree together; I loved the plashing of the surge - The changing heaven the breezy weather, More than smooth seas and cloudless skies And solemn, soothing, softened airs That in the forest woke no sighs And from the green spray shook no tears. How still, how happy! now I feel Where silence dwells is sweeter far Than laughing mirth's most joyous swell However pure its raptures are. Come, sit down on this sunny stone: 'Tis wintry light o'er flowerless moors - But sit - for we are all alone And clear expand heaven's breathless shores. I could think in the withered grass Spring's budding wreaths we might discern; The...