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Comparative Study of Poetry

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English Literature Coursework English language Comparative Study of Poetry From your readings of her poems compare at least three which reflect Christina Rossetti's views on life, death and love. Three main topics, life, death and love link all Christina Rossetti's well-known poems. Each of her poems contains one or more of these themes. In this essay I have used the following poems "Life and Death", "Up-hill" and "One day". I believe that "Life and Death" reflects Rossetti's views on life, as she quotes ""life is not sweet". The use of a caesura in the first line to create a pause should make the reader reflect on their life. Then she continues "one day it will be sweet" this means that while we may believe that we are happy with our material possessions we still have to endure hardships. When we enter heaven life will be sweet, I believe the caesura signifies the transition from life on earth to heaven. The next stansa uses the repetition of the word "Nor" to emphasise what we will not have after we die "Nor feel the wild flowers blow". ...read more.

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Another of Rossetti's poems that I have analysed is "Up-hill". I believe that this poem is using Christina Rossetti's impression on life. The entire poem is written in a question and answer format. The poem has a regular rhyme scheme of "A and B" which could emphasise that there is a question being asked and there is always comforts be from the answers. The rhyme scheme could also reflect that in life there is no turning back after regretting what one has done which is also reflected in the singular rhyme scheme. In the first line "Up-hill reflects that life is an uphill struggle and the winding signifies that we can not see what will happen to us in our later life. The phrase "the whole long day" is a reflection or an image of our lives; our lives are long and full of toil until we die! The line "from morn to night" is imagery because it gives us an image of when of the sun rises when we are born until the sun sets and we die. ...read more.

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The second verse contains a metaphor "lost a crown" to signify that they were king and queen the only people that wear crowns are royalty and if a king or queen dies they don't remarry which the imagery confirms. Finally the last verse is about heaven. It says it is a paradise. All of this shows that Christina Rossetti thinks that people on earth "wait in pain", but heaven is a paradise. Life, death and love link all of the poems I have selected. I believe that some of the poems have been influenced by the events of Rossetti's life her thoughts on the afterlife, the harder life is the easier it is to enter heaven. The differences between the three poems are that only "Up-hill" has a regular rhyme scheme, which could be linked to the title and the question, answer format. In comparison "Life and Death" and "One day" have irregular rhyme schemes. I speculate that this could be because life is not regular and can change as a result of our actions. Alex Mansfield 24 May 20002 ...read more.

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