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Analysing some pre 1914 poems written in quite different ways.

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Question 3. In my essay I will be analysing some pre 1914 poems written in quite different ways. I will be looking at what each poems idea about love and relationships are. I will than move on to compare these poems. Once this is completed I will be giving my personal opinions on each poem and what I think about what their ideas of relationships and love. I will be using three poems written by different people, in different styles and presenting different ideas towards love. The first poem I chose is a 19th century French love poem, written in the form of a ballad. In other words it is a narrative poem written in quatrains rhyming ABCB. Ballads contain an element of dialogue; they are another way to tell a story. Ballads often have an objective speaker, someone with an opinion, and a plot builds up to a climax. All these characteristics of a ballad are present in this poem "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" written by John Keats (1795 - 1821) in April 1819 after he had fallen under the spell of Fanny Brawne. Previously, in the fifteenth century, Alain Chartier wrote a poem called "La Belle Dame Sans Mercy". ...read more.

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"And I awoke and found me here, On the cold hill side." The poems idea of love is that it is false and anyone (especially women) can fake love, and make their spouse believe that they are in love; when, in fact, they are using love to achieve what they wish from someone else. "Remember" has a different view on love, it speaks of letting a love go, but still remembering. Therefore meaning that love can end, but it will always be alive as long as you remember it. It also says that it is not wrong to forget an old love and there is no reason to grieve if you do forget. "Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve:" Then when we look at "The Flea" we see another point made by this poem. "The Flea" proves that love can be a struggle and that no matter how much one person loves another, not every relationship can be as wished. Some people can disapprove of a relationship, which can make the best relationship hard. "Though parents grudge, and you, w'are met, And cloistered in these living walls of Jet." ...read more.

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"La Belle Dame" shows that you can never tell if it is true love or not, and it also shows that you cannot fall in love with a beautiful stranger; It would be nothing more than infatuation. Love takes time and infatuation can seem like love at first. In "The Flea" the idea of love is that it can break any barriers and it doesn't matter if parents or friends disapprove of what you have, you can still keep it, you are just restricted in who you can tell and in how you can show your love. "La Belle Dame" is an honest poem, if you were to trust every pretty stranger you meet you could be in a lot of trouble, and you could end up getting very hurt, no-one can be sure that they are in love unless they know every little detail about the one they are infatuated with. "Remember" seems to be saying that love must die eventually; if it is true love then it should last forever, no matter what. Finally "The Flea", if love can win over anything then everybody would be happy. If someone truly loves somebody then their love will hold strong throughout life's course. All these poems show different ideas about love and relationships, Some of which are a little far fetched, but some very true. Stephanie Twaites 1 ...read more.

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