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A study of how pre-1914 poets have explored different aspects of love over time.

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Pre-1914 Love Poetry: GCSE Coursework Essay Q: A study of how pre-1914 poets have explored different aspects of love over time. The way in which love is expressed through poetry has changed considerably over time. Poets from different eras focused on different aspects of love, and in turn used contrasting technique to express these. During the Elizabethan period, poets like Shakespeare used the theme of nature to explore the more sentimental aspects of love. Metaphysical poets preferred to talk about the physical consummation of love, using sensational, hyperbolic imagery and inventive arguments to communicate their feelings and desires. This was followed by the Romantic Movement; which brought about a dramatic change in the way love poetry was written, as writers tried to break away from the norm and experimented with a variety of forms and literary techniques. The poetry in each of these three time periods were uniquely special, and it is very interesting to examine the differences in the styles of writing. In the Elizabethan era, imagery associated with nature was a common technique used in love poetry. This can be seen in Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" - a typical Elizabethan love poem. ...read more.

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He says that even though she destroyed their supposed marriage bed, she is no less honourable and worthy; hence sleeping with him would not diminish her honour either. Donne's ability to delicately hint at sex without ever openly saying it and yet leave no doubt as to what he means; is quite ingenious and this extraordinary ability to conjure up innovative metaphors is what makes him quite unique compared to other metaphysical poets. Another well-written metaphysical poem is "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell. While Marvell does not have the same cutting-edge directness of Donne, he also uses persuasive, overly exaggerated arguments for exactly the same purpose as Donne: sex. In the first stanza, Marvell elaborately sets out his argument by describing how he all the things he would have done with his lover, if they were not restricted by the boundaries of time and age. He explains that he wishes their love to be long and drawn out, and how "a hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes"13; "two hundred to adore each breast... (and) thirty thousand to the rest."14 These heavily exaggerated arguments are used to flatter and patronise his beloved, and lull her into a false sense of calm and tranquillity. The next two stanzas then get into the heart of the argument. ...read more.

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2/line 19 3 "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" - Christopher Marlowe, line 3 4 "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" - Christopher Marlowe, line 8 5 "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" - Christopher Marlowe, lines 9-10 6 "Sonnet 18" - William Shakespeare, lines 1-2. 7 "Sonnet 18" - William Shakespeare, line 9 8 "Sonnet 18" - William Shakespeare, line 9 9 "Sonnet 130" - William Shakespeare, lines 1-2 10 "The Flea" - John Donne, line 13 11 "The Flea" - John Donne, line 6 12 "The Flea" - John Donne, line 26 13 "To his Coy Mistress" - Andrew Marvell, lines 13-14 14 "To his Coy Mistress" - Andrew Marvell, lines 15-16 15 "To his Coy Mistress" - Andrew Marvell, line 22 16 "To his Coy Mistress" - Andrew Marvell, line 29 17 "To his Coy Mistress" - Andrew Marvell, lines 41-43 18 "How do I Love Thee" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, lines 2-3 19 "How do I Love Thee" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, various times 20 "A Woman to her Lover" - Christina Walsh, lines 3-5 21 "A Woman to her Lover" - Christina Walsh, line 9 22 "A Woman to her Lover" - Christina Walsh, line 15 23 "A Woman to her Lover" - Christina Walsh, lines 7 & 12. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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