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"Choose three poems from the pre-1900 section of your anthology in which the poets present powerful feelings and emotions. Compare the poems showing how the poet uses language to produce these effects"

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Phillip Preston 10B "Choose three poems from the pre-1900 section of your anthology in which the poets present powerful feelings and emotions. Compare the poems showing how the poet uses language to produce these effects" For my three poems I have chosen to do two by John Keats, 'To Autumn' and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell. In the two Keats poems there is ample description to write about, whereas in the Marvell poem, there is still description, but the themes and aspects contrast greatly with the seriousness of Keats. In 'To Autumn' Keats is expressing his feelings towards autumn. He does this, not as if it were a season, but as if it was a person. This knowledge is first gained in the title, as it is being addressed to autumn, this immediately personifies it and gives the reader instant knowledge that this poem will be more than description about the season and is showing the fact that Keats has feelings and emotions connected with it. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is a poem in which Keats, taking on the role of his character, is describing events that happened to him in which his emotions were tossed around and played with. ...read more.


He uses the adjective "vast" which creates an image of an enormous object, it is also very onomatopoeic which means that it sounds like what it means, and it is said slowly which increases the effect of it. The context that it's in is of time but it is also describing his love and affection for his mistress and that it is absolutely huge. Marvell also creates images of death and that what he and his mistress will eventually end and the time they wasted can never be regained, he does this by using the words "vault", "ashes" and "grave". He is increasing the feeling of his love in that he is trying to cram as much of it as possible into the time that they have but even that will not be enough and they will regret this when they are both dead. In 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' an incredibly beautiful woman seduces a knight. Keats indicates the feelings that the knight has feelings for the woman by using words, which are traditionally used with love and affection. Examples are "garland", "fragrant" and "sweet", though these words are not linked directly with love but they are associated with it and courting, which is what the knight and his lady are doing as they have just met. ...read more.


In some ways Keats is saying that she is being blasphemous in taking them but she takes them with such ease in that she could be allowed to take them. Either way it backs up the feeling that she is not human as she is either in league with the Gods or a very powerful enemy of them, for who else would incur their wrath? This gives a feeling of wonder to the reader, as this is something beyond this world. Keats himself is expressing his feelings that no human knows for sure what lies beyond this planet and by showing the idea of there being something that we don't understand, puts the love between the knight and the woman into greater context as their feelings are spanning two worlds. On the other hand 'To Autumn' is about nature and the real world. It is concerned with the passing of time within a season, or, as Keats personifies it, a person. Nature, especially the seasons, is a continuos cycle whereas; the supernatural portrayed in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is a long line, which has no end. Yet, in both, Keats is portraying deep feelings of love, kindness and affection, which are displayed clearly. Marvell also displays his feelings of love within poems, imagery and words. ...read more.

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