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Compare and contrast how the theme of love is explored in the poems you have studied.

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Arisara K. 10V English Coursework: Compare and contrast how the theme of love is explored in the poems you have studied Love is a powerful emotion. There are many different kinds of love and it is through different relationships and experiences we get a closer insight of how it feels to love or to lose someone. Love is a wonderful and joyful emotion however, if it is not shared with the right partner, it may lead to heartache and pain. Knowing that you are needed and loved dearly is an amazing comfort although losing someone dear to you can cause a lot of distress and pain and can result in someone being very depressed and heart broken. Love poetry is timeless, as love itself does not change over the ages. So, this type of poetry is just as relevant now as it was when it was written. Love has been the focus of poetry for many years mainly because it is a feeling which is common to everyone. The first poem is "First Love" by John Clare. He narrates the incident when he first fell in love. The title signifies his first magical moment of falling in love. His first encounter of love is when he sees this beautiful woman for the first time, and she captivates him so much that it leaves him senseless. ...read more.


There is a lot of exaggeration in his poem to explain what sort of drastic impact this woman had on him "my legs refused to walk away". Through this line he emphasizes on how useless his body had become so much so that he was even unable to move. He also mentions how he was so blinded by love that he had lost his presence of mind, so much so that he was unable to differentiate between night and day, this can be seen in the line "seemed midnight at noonday". The loss here is that he doesn't realize that this cannot be considered as true love since he doesn't even know her and if she would return his feelings. Another aspect of loss that could be brought out is the fact that he doesn't even consider taking any action to make her aware of his feelings towards her. From the line "my heart has left its dwelling place, and can return no more", Clare makes evident how he has already given his heart to this woman and as a result he may not be able to find someone else in the future to fill that void. In "When We Two Parted", Byron seems to stress more the loss since he makes emphasizes the pain he went through when separating from his past lover. ...read more.


She manages to bring out power of love and goes on to stress on the fact that love if strong enough between two people can last even after death, this can be seen in the line," Remember me when I am gone away, gone far into the silent land". The very word "remember" shows that she wants the love they shared to live on even if she may die. In the line "better by far you should forget and smile, than that you should remember and be sad", she brings out the fact that their love is mature and she only wants the best for him since she cares so deeply about his happiness, even if that means forgetting her and the love they shared. The negative aspect here is the pain are made to go through as death is irreversible and that they are unable to live out their dreams they had planned for their future together, "you tell me of our future that you had planned, only remember me; you understand". Though all these poems, each poet has managed to convey the aspects of love and loss and even though one may feel that love has so many drawbacks, I agree with the saying "it is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all", since love is truly a magical feeling and everyone should be able to experience it at least once in a lifetime. ...read more.

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