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Compare and contrast how love is presented in 5, pre 1914, poems.

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Poetry Coursework by Freya Brash Compare and contrast how love is presented in 5, pre 1914, poems. Love is conveyed in many different ways by the different authors of the poems, 'How Do I Love Thee?' (Elizabeth Barrett Browning), 'First Love' (John Clare), 'Villegiature' (Edith Nesbit), 'My mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun' (William Shakespeare) and 'Sonnet 18' (William Shakespeare). Love is presented using a different number of themes such as religion, passion, sickness and nature. The different authors use many different forms of language to present love. The poem 'How Do I Love Thee?' uses many different forms of language to calculate Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love for someone. The author uses imagery to help us imagine the circumstances and her feelings; 'I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach'. The poems 'First Love', 'My mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun', 'Villegiature' and ' Sonnet 18' also use imagery. 'First Love' creates the image of a young girl with a light flower like face framed with darkness. It also creates physical imagery such as; 'pale as deadly pale'. ...read more.


The sonnets rhyme scheme makes the poems more romantic as the iambic pentameter seems like a heartbeat. In comparison 'First Love' and 'Villegiature' are formed with stanzas. 'First Love' has three stanzas of eight lines and the poem rhymes every second line. 'Villegiature' contains four stanzas of four lines and the poem also rhymes every second line. Here the poets have made the poem flow through use of a rhythmic rhyme scheme. This makes the reader breathe regularly and therefore softly. This impersonates love. The five love poems also incorporate the same themes in different ways. The poems 'First Love', 'How do I Love Thee?' and 'Sonnet 18' all use false compare to describe their passionate love for someone. They compare their loved ones to nature, 'Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower' (First Love), 'Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May' (Sonnet 18). By comparing them to nature the poets make their loved ones seem extremely beautiful and gentle. The poets of First Love and Sonnet 18 compare their loved ones to suffering or sadness, 'blood burnt round my heart' (First Love). ...read more.


Here Shakespeare is laying out how simple a person she is and he shows that no matter what she's like he still loves her. He presents love as loving people with and for their faults. 'Villegiature' is a poem that is entirely different from the others. It describes a dream involving the poets former lover and it shows the readers how dreams can let your mind wander. The poet describes the lover's actions. She compares him to nature; ' ...framed in pear-tree blossom', and praises him. However, at some point in every stanza she states that he was 'uninvited' or he had 'hardly missed me'. In this poem the poet shows love to be all a fantasy and she shows that it is never as wonderful as one might fantasise it to be. The three poems 'How do I love Thee?', 'First Love' and 'Sonnet 18' all express the same type of passionate love. Whilst 'My mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun' and 'Villegiature' expresses different kinds of love. 'My mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun' expresses a realistic love whilst 'Villegiature' expresses a shortly forgotten love. The poets convey love by setting out the poems in certain ways to produce a mood suitable for their kind of love. ...read more.

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