• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast different forms of poetry - A ballad (La Balle Dame Sans Merci), a Sonnet (My Mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun, no. 129), and a free verse (A woman to her lover).

Extracts from this document...


Love and Loss In this essay I will attempt to compare and contrast different forms of poetry. A ballad (La Balle Dame Sans Merci), a Sonnet (My Mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun, no. 129), and a free verse (A woman to her lover). With these poems I will also compare how poets portray women, how the poets stereotype what a "beautiful" woman looks like, what is expected from her as a partner in love, and the meaning of love itself that is reflected in each of the 3 poems. "How do I love thee?", "A birthday", "First Love", and "My Last Duchess" will be touched upon and used as reference in this essay. " Le Belle Dame Sans Merci", the beautiful woman with no mercy, is a ballad, a poem with a rhyme, a beat, a steady flow, shown by the rhyming scheme of A-B-C-B. It has 12 quartrains each having 4 lines for each stanza. As any other ballad this one tells a story, a story of misconception, love and death, shown when how the " full beautiful" ...read more.


The theme "death" is also present in "My Last Duchess" where the Duke "gave commands", ordering to kill his own wife. The term "faery's child" suggests something magical, something supernatural. This is closely connected with spirituality, religion. In "A Woman to Her Lover": "the very heart of God", also in "How Do I Love Thee?" "If God choose I shall but love thee better after death". When the woman is described having "wild" eyes, I think it is contrary to the stereotype of a beautiful woman, exactly the theme in "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun". In the ballad the poet uses archaic language, consisting of archaic spelling, vocabulary, which are set in the medieval setting. In the poem it is reinforced that the poem is a ballad when the woman "sing a faery's song", also when she "lulled me asleep", because usually a ballad is made into a song. "A woman to her lover" is written in free verse. ...read more.


as an object "painted on the wall", a dead and animate object "as if she was alive"; how in the end the Duke moves on to "Neptune, a rarity cast in bronze". This suggests that the painting of his duchess is just another object of possesion. � "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun" is a sonnet with a rhyming scheme of A-B-A-B. He tries to go against the sterotype of what a beautiful woman posses physically and mentally. He's being a little modest describing his mistress; "eyes nothing like the sun", "breasts are dun", "breath that from my mistress reeks". The last two lines sums up the whole sonnet explaining how his love to a woman who is not perfect is something of a rarity and is more realistic and sincere compared with other poets who have gross exaggerations, hyperboles praising their mistress. This poem also has reference to religion, like the words "heaven" and "goddess". Here love is defined as a state of mind surpassing what can be seen by the eye, smelt, or felt. Arnoldus A. Nedwika 11JL ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. An analysis of a passage of verse or prose written between 1590-1700, explaining the ...

    Men returned from the war to find women demanding the vote and doing their jobs. The poem captures the changing face of Britain in the C20th. "A game of chess" another of Eliots work similarly has distinct characters, the upper class women who is surrounded by wealth and beauty yet she finds little comport in these things.

  2. Compare and contrast - Baldesar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier and Francois Rabelais's Gargantua ...

    ravenous for bedtime sports as was Messalina, or the Winchester of England, I beg you to believe me that I've sufficient supplies to satisfy her."27 Similarly to Castiglione, Rabelais sees women as weak in restraining their sexual appetite. It is not only uneasy for them to be faithful, but they also have an insatiable sex drive.

  1. The two poems which I shall analyse and explore are, "Shall I compare thee ...

    She creates everyone of her lover's to be obsessed with her, but to suffer from it in the end. The attitudes of the speakers in the poems are therefore, very different as one describes love with a positive attitude, full of vibrance and vitality.

  2. La Belle Dame Sans Merci Analysis

    Eventually the knight dies and reflects on his life. The contrast of themes in this poem is possibly one of the most dynamic contrasts existing, life and death. They create ambiguity out of simple concepts as they are so powerful and deep.

  1. Essay on Much Ado About Nothing

    The character of Beatrice is that she is a noisy and informal woman who is always fighting and giving insults to Benedick. She is a woman who hides her true colours and she says things that she doesn't really mean.

  2. Love and Loss

    This is similar to "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" as the next six stanzas are told of the knight's love. In "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" the knight tells his tale to the man in the next six stanzas about how he met a girl "I met a lady in the meads" full beautiful- a fairy's child".

  1. Love Poetry 3 pre 1914 poems Ballad, To his coy mistress & ...

    Although she talks of how 'when winter night did darkly prove, none came to guard me or to love, which suggests that her lover was not willing to make much effort for her, we still get the impression that she can not forget him.

  2. Compare the language and form used to express lost love in 'La Belle Dame ...

    The regular use of commas and full stops allows the poem to flow from one idea to the next. One similarity between the two poems is the use of repetition to emphasise the poet's feelings and to return the reader to the initial reason for the poem being written: 'Though

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work