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Poetry Comparison - Marianna and With or without you

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Poetry Comparison Marianna and With or without you Marianna and With or Without you are the two poems that I am going to compare in this essay. Marianna was written by a well-known poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson and With or Without you was made great by the rock band U2. In this essay, I am going to look at the imagery, symbolism, perspective and the theme of the two poems. I am then going to look at the similarities and the differences of the two poems and eventually compare all of these factors. Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote Marianna in 1830. The poem is about a woman who is waiting for somebody to return to her. The poem shows how Marianna has let her manor house fall into a state of decay and disrepair, this reflects the way she has let herself become. With or Without you was released as a single in 1987. ...read more.

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In the second verse, the author writes of a symbol of Marianna crying "Her tears fell with dews at even" This quote symbolises the crying of Marianna as she waits for her somebody to return home to her. Even though deep in her heart she knows that he will not return home to her. The house that Marianna lives in, is situated quite far from anyone else "The cluster'd marish-mosses crept" The loneliness and isolation of the house is shown in the quote. This shows that moss is creeping all around the house making it more and more isolated. Another type of symbolism is of Marianna wanting to see this person so much she starts to imagine seeing him. "The shadow of the poplar fell upon her bed, across her brow". The poplars shadow symbolises a persons shadow on her bed and Marianna would have thought it was the person she was waiting for. ...read more.

Conclusion

While in With or Without you the main character is being forces by her to wait until she decides to return to him. The perspectives of the two poems are only slightly different as Marianna is written from the point of view of a woman waiting for somebody and in With or Without you, it is written from the perspective of a man waiting for a woman. Both of these poems have some similarities and some differences. One of the similarities of the two poems is that the themes of the poems are very similar as they talk about waiting for someone. One of the differences is that With or Without you has been made into a song so many of the lines have been repeated throughout the poem. In conclusion I have examined the two poems in detail. I have also looked at all the similarities and differences of the two poems and I have come to realise that the two poems are more similar than different. ...read more.

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