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Choose three poems from the pre-1914 section of your anthology which present different views of love. Compare the poems considering carefully the language the poets have decided to use and its effects on the reader.

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Choose three poems from the pre-1914 section of your anthology which present different views of love. Compare the poems considering carefully the language the poets have decided to use and its effects on the reader. I have chosen two poems by Robert Browning, 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess,' and one by the earlier poet Andrew Marvell, 'To His Coy Mistress.' In this essay I plan to compare the contrasting approaches to love in these three poems, and how the poets achieve their aims through language. This can be done using poetic devices such as enjambment, rhyme scheme and meter and language including diction, metaphors and similes. 'My last Duchess' is a dramatic monologue. This means that only one person is talking and therefore only his point of view is shown. This point of view shows his personality and how he feels towards his wife. The poem begins, "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call. That piece a wonder, now: Fr� Pandolf's hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands." ...read more.

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This is in great contrast to 'Porphyria's Lover' as this shows no passion at all, and 'Porphyria's Lover' is all about passion and emotion. "The rain set early in to-night, The sullen wind was soon awake." The rain and hard wind show the mans mood, and this is an unhappy and loveless one. This mood however is completely reversed, "When glided in Porphyria; straight She shut out the cold and the storm." Now the cold and storm have gone, showing his previously discontented mood has been rid of , and he is now full of love and happiness due to a beautiful damsel fleeing from the storm and seeking shelter. This poem is inclusive of the weather and another character unlike 'My Last Duchess' which includes only one character, the rich man. This poem may be less egotistical but still just as sinister, unpleasant and inclusive of death. He falls deeply in love with Porphyria and wishing that time would stand still he took her hair in one long string, and wound it "Three times her little throat around, And strangled her." ...read more.

Conclusion

It retains however the passion. This passion is in the form of lust and 'Porphyria's Lover' is more passion in the form of love, however disturbing it may be. In conclusion love in these poems is portrayed in a number of different ways. 'My Last Duchess' is very cold poem where the woman is objectified and there is a distorted view of love. There is also little passion shown. 'Porphyria's lover' is quite a passionate poem, which portrays the woman as respectable and brilliant. However the love becomes sinister as in 'My last Duchess'. 'To his Coy Mistress' is much more light hearted than the others and is comic. The poem is quite passionate, but lust is the form of passion and that is not true love, but a love that like in 'My Last Duchess' objectifies the woman. Also the women in the two poems are seen as less important as in 'Porphyria's Lover' which represents the woman as the most important thing in the world. Therefore Browning poems are more sinister and different to Marvell which is more like Donne as their poems are more comic and lustful. ...read more.

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