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Compare and contrast 'A Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns and 'Lucy Poems' by William Wordsworth.

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Love Poetry In this assignment I am going compare and contrast two poems, 'A Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns and 'Lucy Poems' by William Wordsworth. In this assignment I am also going to discuss, how each poet uses language, how they portray the theme of love, the tradition and culture of each poet and my own personal response to these poems. Robert Burns was born in 1759, in Alloway in Ayrshire in Scotland. Burns' father was a poor tenant - farmer but he was a well-educated man and made sure that his son had a good education. William Wordsworth was born in 1770, in Cumberland in the English Lake District. He was left an orphan at the age of thirteen and was educated with the help of his uncles. Wordsworth is said to be one of the greatest and most influential of the Romantic poets who changed the direction of English poetry. ...read more.

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He proceeds to say "Half hidden from the eye" by this he means that her beauty and talents are not oblivious to the eye and you have to take time and look for them. In "She dwelt among the trodden ways" the last stanza Wordsworth talk about Lucy dying and here we realise the depth of his feeling of her due to his show of emotion, "But she is in her grave, and, oh" the "oh" at the end of this line shows that he is lost for words and has hardly the words to describe how he feels about her. In the last poem "A slumber did my spirit seal" he talks of that this woman is immortal and when he is in thought or asleep that she's alive, She seemed a thing that could not feel The touch of earthly years." Throughout this poem is noticeable that his love for this woman he talks of is very real. ...read more.

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out thou, my bonnie lass," Burns uses simple language, which is also another indicator that this love he feels is real because he sees no need to make it extravagant. In the poem he talk to her like a real woman and therefore this gives us no reason to doubt that she is not real and that his love is idealistic, "Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear," In the last stanza he is separated from his love but this separation is not permanent unlike Lucy in Wordsworth's "Lucy Poems". "And fare thee well, my only Luve, And fare thee weel a while! And I will come again, my Luve," My personal favourite out of these poems is" A Red, Red Rose" because it has a very cheerful tone and its songlike. Also it highlights the true feelings of a man who is deeply in love with a woman and it's a very visual poem and you can sense how deep his love is. Clare Hegarty 12d English Coursework ...read more.

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