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

Compare and contrast how the writers of "My Last Duchess" and "Remember" portray different views of love

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast how the writers of "My Last Duchess" and "Remember" portray different views of love. Love has as many expressions as people who experience it. For some it is a romantic life-enhancing one, for others it is a negative painful experience. In the poems "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning and "Remember" by Christina Rossetti were are offered two widely different views of love. One is a gentle, romantic, poignant message, the other a cynical sadistic monologue. Both are also linked by the separation by death: one implies murder, the other an impending more gentle natural death. The poem "Remember" is a petrachan sonnet of 14 lines. Sonnet form was a poetic device usually used to express emotions and feelings of love, suggesting that this poem will be more romantic than "My Last Duchess". The octet (first 8 lines) presents the problem, in this case the narrator's fear of impending death and the rupture between the two lovers: "Remember me when I am gone away ... / When you can no more hold me by the hand." The Sestet (final 6 lines) ...read more.


as a contrast to the earlier appeal to surround himself in memories of his departed lover, the husband is instructed that if the memories make him upset then it would be better for him to forget, move on with his life and be happy. This shows some of the characteristics of romantic love that puts the needs and happiness of the other person first. "My Last Duchess" is constructed as a Duke having a dialogue both with an envoy and to himself. The purpose of the envoy's visit - to arrange a marriage, is only made clear in the final eight lines; the rest of the poem is a portrayal of the Duke's attitude to, and experience with, his former Duchess. The Duke refers to his former wife as "My Last Duchess", the possessive pronoun here giving us the first idea that her saw her as a possession and that she is only one in a line of past and future Duchesses. So possessive and controlling is her of her, even after death, that her has hidden her portrait behind a curtain: "... ...read more.


This rapid change in mood emphasizes the idea that the Duke is not a totally sane man. The poem ends with a reinforcement of the role of the marriage partner, that she is an object to be bought by him and sold by her father, as much his possession as his statue, which, ironically, shows subjugation. He doesn't his marriage partner as someone he shares love with, she is just something to make him look and feel powerful. The two poems highlight differences in relationships and how people show and share love. "Remember" is a tender, regretful message to a lover, an avowal that memories of love ca live after death and that true romantic love puts the other person first. "My Last Duchess", by contrast is a self - obsessed monologue of an arrogant and proud man who sees his wife as a possession, who should be grateful for his "love" which he sees not as an emotion, but as possessions, his noble name and a contract with her father. ?? ?? ?? ?? 08/05/2007 English Coursework Rob West 10W Page 1 of 3 ...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

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

5 star(s)

This is a well informed, intelligent essay, which gives a strong insight into both poems and makes some interesting comparisons and contrasts between them. *****

Marked by teacher Karen Reader 28/04/2012

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. Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

    In sonnet 116, love is depicted as an invincible force that defies time as well as time's effects on beauty and youth, that is, changes such as wrinkles and old age. "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle's compasse come."

  2. I have been analysing several poems recently they are: When We Two Parted by ...

    Nesbit shocks the audience with a drastic change to the poem's content. 'I did not-till your ghost had fled- Remember how you always bore me!' This ending gives a surprise when read by the reader. The last line is an example of a 'Bathos' which is when the language changes from a high complexity down to a basic level.

  1. 'The course of true love never did run smooth'By what techniques does Shakespeare prove ...

    This is a good way of creating sympathy for the character as most people have experienced unrequited love at some point in their lives, even if it wasn't in quite the same way as Helena and Demetrius. There are another set of lovers in the play - Oberon and Titania

  2. In a Detail Analysis of Sidney’s ‘With How Sad Steps’ and Larkins ‘Sad Steps’ ...

    He wants the moon to sympathise with him because he 'can judge of love' and must therefore know how the speaker feels. Sydney's uses a legal term in 'a lover's case' to justify the feelings of the speaker and to indicate we live in a nation of trial in which judgement must always be passed.

  1. Anne Bradstreet, the author of "To My Dear and Loving Husband" was a Puritan

    I pray." In these three lines Bradstreet is using imagery by explaining that the love between her and her husband is so great. She explains that the love she has for her husband is so abundant, satisfying and fulfilling that even a river, which holds a massive amount of water

  2. How do the authors portray the role men play in So Long A Letter ...

    "He fulfilled himself outside as he wished in his trade union activities" The above line tells us that Modou did not spare time for his wife as he was occupied with his work. Here, once again, the author tries to imply that men usually were the hard-workers and very committed to their jobs.

  1. Both "She Walks In Beauty" by Lord Byron and Douglas Dunn's "Reincarnation" are about ...

    When bees collide Against my study's windowpane, I let them in. "She Walks in Beauty" is a much more lustful poem and is fantastic in the true meaning of the word. Byron tries to get across the true beauty he sees in this wondrous being but it is as if

  2. Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the ...

    why I sojourn here Alone and palely loitering Though the sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing" As Keats takes the poem to another lever by carrying on the story which is situated within the poet; Keats travels further than Clare due to one main factor, the

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