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Compare and contrast A woman to her lover with My last Duchess - Comment on the content, the language of the poem, and yourpersonal point of view.

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Introduction

COMPARE AND CONTRAST 'A WOMAN TO HER LOVER' WITH 'MY LAST DUCHESS'? Comment on the content, the language of the poem, and your personal point of view. In this essay I shall be comparing and contrasting two pre-century poems. In particular I shall be looking at content, language, and my personal point of view. Firstly I shall analyse 'A Woman To Her Lover' in relation to its content. The poem is about a woman who strongly conveys the qualities she expects of her lover as well as the qualities her lover should be expecting of her. The woman is in love with her lover. It is a passionate and heart felt affair, yet she has principles that she is not prepared to compromise, no matter how intense her love is. The poem by Ferrara however, is the opposite; it is the man taking control of his lover, judging whether she matches his standards. The Duke in this poem is very horrible to the women he calls his Duchesses; he makes and treats his wife like a piece of art, an object. ...read more.

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'A Woman To Her Lover', is a four - versed poem, in which the verses have an unequal number of lines. The words in the poem are more important than the structure, it his her free mind talking of what she feels about these subject issues. Her womanhood is reflected. There is a repetition of a few beginning lines such as, 'Or if you think...' These words have been iterated several times in the poem to symbolize the different ways in which the woman tries to think from the lover's perspective and later strongly express her ideas on that viewpoint. Some of the ways, which the woman has used her imagination to think from the man's perspective, are mainly power of images and religion images. 'Or if you think to wed with one from heaven sent', 'Whose every deed and word is golden', 'A wingless angel who can do no wrong'. You can notice that the speaker has diverted from the theme of the first stanza, power of images to the use of power of religious images and has used a variety of poetic techniques to expose the subject matter. ...read more.

Conclusion

She wants this marriage to be one of equals - which they become 'comrade, friend, and mate' and that and that they will live out their lives during the good and bad times. If he can agree to that then she will marry him in 'co-equal love'. There is a logical structure to the poem and a great sense of passion and emotion. I think that both poems have a nice feel to them. They express there feelings very well, and one thing they both have in common is that they both demand things from their lovers. 'A Woman To Her Lover' has a change to the poem in the end verse; she begins to compromise in the end and shows that she has got her standards. 'My Last Duchess' however, is a story telling poem about a Duke and his Lovers, in the end it seems he goes through many lovers, as he is not satisfied with ones that he has previously had. At the end of the poem, it describes how if the Duke's lover is not up to his standards he has her executed, which is harsh. Browning is the opposite to Walsh; Walsh wants nice qualities whereas Browning is horrible. ...read more.

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