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AQA English Lit 'Moon On The Tides' Relationship Poetry Analysis Notes

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Sonnet 116 William Shakespeare Themes Nature, True Love, Change, Faithfulness, Devotion Contrast¨ = Theme of loves constancy and the theme of change “Ever-fixed” and the instability of “tempests” Steadiness of “star” and “wand’ring” ships. Authorial Intentions 1. The voice of the poem is forceful and direct. It is written in the present tense so maybe about someone, helps give emphasis to the poem. Context 1. The consistency of true love 2. Love doesn’t change when hard situations come around. It remains steadfast against difficulties. 3. Love doesn’t depreciate or diminish with time or beauty. Form 1. Sonnet therefore talks about love or praise. 3 Quatrains and a rhyming couplet. 2. Iambic Pentameter = Heart Beat, Regular. Love is constant 3. Regular rhyme scheme = Sense of completeness and order Structure 1. Quatrains discuss similar idea = Consistency, Love not affected by time 2. Change after the 8th line, saying how time does not affect love. 3. Couplet = Ties the poem to an end like a couple is tied till death. Wraps up the poem with a guarantee that what he is saying is true Language and Semantics 1. Time/Ageing 1. “Love’s not Time’s fool” = Time personified - creates a battle/tension between ‘Love’ and ‘Time’ 2. “Bending Sickle’s Compass” = Imagery of Death, it is in the hands of death to take away youth. ‘Love is not tricked by Time’ love doesn’t need beauty to continue 3. “Brief Hours and Weeks” and “Edge of Doom” = Love is eternal so time cannot put boundaries on it. 1. Sailing/Bearings 1. “Ever-fixed mark” - Doesn’t move nor alters 2. “Star to every wandering bark” - The North Star doesn’t move yet gives guidance to lost ships. Love gives a structure to lost person Comparatives Hour = The intensity of new love To Coy His Mistress = The effects of ageing on love Quickdraw = The disintegration of love To Coy His Mistress Andrew Marvell Themes Sex, Passing of Time (Shortness of Life), Death, Physical Passion, Lust. ...read more.


Throughout the poem seems to be the passing of time ?3 summers ago? ?One night in fall? 3. Motif - Wife?s character of a animal. ?little frightened fay? ?shy as a leveret? ?all in shiver and scare? reflects her innocence of being chosen to young Language and Semantics 1. Similes - emphasises distance between them 2. Animalism's - At one with nature but not the farmer ?flying like a hare? ?shy as a leveret? 1. Imagery - Of nature and wildness - links to who the farmer is 2. Word Choice - ?caught? ?fetched? = animalistic Comparatives To His Coy Mistress - Frustrated Love Sonnet 43 - Quality of True Love Personal Response Repetition = ?her hair, her hair? illustrates the sexual frustration that even her hair is attracting him. Hour Carol Ann Duffy Themes Precious Love, Time, Intensity of New Love Authorial Intentions The voice is passionate and strong in belief that love is not affected by time. The poet wants the reader to realise that an ?hour? with someone you love is precious and worth all the money in the world Context 1. Poem describes a precious hour between the narrator and her lover 2. Poem talks about how Love and Time battle it out. But Love triumphs and manages to stop Time Form 1. Sonnet - (Shakespearian) 2. Regular Rhyme Scheme - Love doesn?t change with time (as poem goes on) 3. Varying Syntax - ?Now.? emphasises the moment that she is trying to capture Structure 1. Language and Semantics 1. Fairy Tale = Gives their love a mystical dimension 1. ?Thousands of seconds? - Longing out the time they spend together 2. The lovers hair is ?like treasure? 1. Time - Portrayed as the enemy of love 1. Time is used as a currency ?back handling the night so nothing dark? can end their intensive hour 2. For the present moment - Love defies Time EXTRA Pun - ?spend? can refer to the semantics of Money or Time Metaphors - ...read more.


The Manhunt - Persistence with their relationship, keen to keep alive 2. Sonnet 116 - Love doesn?t change with Time 3. Ghazal - Natural Images uses to show the everlasting love 1. Parental Love 1. Praise Song For My Mother - Thankful and Grateful for her mother 2. Nettles - Parents job to protect child. Only doing it because of love Death 1. Difficulty to Face death 1. Harmonium - ?sorry swallow? speechlessness ?starved for breath? doesn?t want to accept it 2. To Coy His Mistress - Frightens mistress with the use of limited time (death) 1. Love being Eternal (after death) 1. Sonnet 116 - ?even till the edge of doom? 2. Sonnet 43 - Imagery depicts that love is eternal. ?Soul? ?grace? ?saints? Memory 1. Unpleasant to face 1. The Manhunt - Soldier finds difficult to come to terms with himself. Wife finds hard to fight the reality of now compared to what it used to be 2. Brothers - ?the distance? is still in tact and this is something that he blames himself for 3. The Farmer?s Bride - Recalls how unhappy she is, blames himself for picking her too young Nature 1. Causing a Positive Effect 1. Ghazal - used to represent her type of paradise, to encompass all types of love 2. Praise Song For My Mother - essential elements used to demonstrate the mothers role 1. Causing a Negative Effect 1. The Farmer?s Bride - Bride compared to small animals making her seem shy 2. Nettles - The destructiveness of nature causes pain Pain and Desire 1. Characters in the poems often feel hurt 1. Harmonium - By the fact that his father is accepting his own death and also that they were never that close 2. Quickdraw - Upset by being dumped and metaphorically shot. Demonstrates how painful love can be 1. Motivation by Desire 2. In Paris With You - The desire to not be hurt again. Desire to move on from his past relationship and to discover positives of the new one 3. To Coy His Mistress - Motivated by Sexual Desire ...read more.

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