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Comparative Essay - Love and Loss

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Amrit Morokar 11K How can we compare and explore the themes of love and loss within 4 poems of our choice? This essay will be based upon the four poems "First Love" by John Clare, "Remember" by Christina Rossetti, "When We Two Parted" by Lord Byron and "A Woman to Her Lover" by Christina Walsh. Love and loss will be widely explored and compared in this essay, and we will be shown how the authors use of language and structure in each poem, can be shown to portray their ideas, regarding love and loss. Here is some information about just one of our poets, Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti's poems related to her, and changed since she found out that she was diagnosed with cancer. She was worried about her disease and so unfortunately died in 1894. In this essay, a discussion will be raised about the four poems, comparing how they are different, what the significance of each is, how the author expresses the theme of love and loss in different ways and the language and structure that is used to explore and express these ideas. "First Love", "Remember" and "When We Two Parted" have a fixed rhyme - (ABAB rhyme). ...read more.


He cannot openly talk about how he feels as his affair was a secret. He also writes "A knell to mine ear" in the third stanza. This is explaining that if he hears her name, it would be like a death bell in his ears. This poem also shows love deteriorating. Christina Rossetti on the other hand, is explaining to her lover how she is dying slowly, and to move on and be happy. The first line "...REMEMBER me when I am gone away" clearly tells us that this is poem is about loss and possibly death. She talks about separating from a loved one - possibly her husband - but it is not clear because in the second line she says that she will go "far away into a silent land." This again could represent heaven - the fact that she is dying, or that she is just simply fed up of her relationship and wants to get away from everything, including love. "First Love" is the only poem out of these four that hardly represents loss (in the sense of never being to experience first love once again). ...read more.


Clare was so caught up in love that he could not see anything else. He uses personification when saying "Are flowers the winters choice?" He is saying that he has never felt these feelings before, and is comparing love to snow because snow is beautiful. It was easy to picture the scene of the poems because it sounded sensible, and is backed up by a clear use of emotive language and imagery. Some things such as "snow" in "First Love" are unusual, but not unheard of, and so this results in people finding it is easy to paint a mental picture of. The ideas of love and loss in these poems are important as they show us what the speaker felt at the time. It was a personal experience to them, and the imagery they used was very effective because it took a powerful grip on the reader, and the way imagery was used, is something that readers could relate to. The authors made each poem sound as pure as possible through techniques such as using metaphors, similes, personification, hyperboles, adjectives and imagery. These four poems are effective because they explore the idea and theme of love and loss thoroughly enough for the readers to get a general perspective on how love and loss can affect us in everyday life. Word Count: 1566 Amrit Morokar 11k ...read more.

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