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Compare And Contrast Poem Essay

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Compare and contrast the two poems, 'My love is like a red, red rose,' by Robert Burns and 'Mag' by Carl Sandburg 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose' is a scottish poem written in 1794 by Robert Burns. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He was born in 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire.'Mag' is an american poem written in 1912 By Carl Sandburg. Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor. He was born in 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois. The first similarity you recognise about both the poems is that both poems are about love however the love couldn't be any different in each poem. In Robert Burns' 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose' the love is positive and passionate. It is a about a man proclaiming his love for a woman. Whilst in Carl Sandburg's 'Mag' the love is negative and regretful. It is about the breakdown of one man's love. ...read more.

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The poet then goes on to emphasise this image when he says in the 2nd and 3rd lines, 'I wish you never quit your job and came along with me' and 'I wish we never bought a license and a white dress.' But this also gives you the idea that this poem is about a relationship breakdown and the negative side of love, varying greatly to 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose's' image of positivity. In 'Mag' the poet's regretful feelings of his love are known to the reader even more when he repeats 'I wish' and 'I wish to God.' It makes you think that this man is totally and utterly depressed with what is happening in his relationship, to the point he is wishing his children away. ' I wish to God the kids had never come' which makes you think is the poet feeling sorry for himself here? ...read more.

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Also at the end of 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose' you learn the character is being separated from his love, which makes you feel for him deeply, but also furthers the difference between the two characters because even though he's being separated from his love he says. 'And fare-thee-weel, my only luve! And fare-thee-weel, a while! And I will come again, my Luve, Tho' twere ten thousand mile!' Even though this separation is imminent he tells her she will be his one and only love, and that he will travel ten thousand miles if he has to, to see her again. Overall I found both poems really enjoyable however my favourite of the two was 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns. I favoured this over 'Mag' by Carl Sandburg because of the passion portrayed in the poem. It was amazing to see the love this man held for his beloved and what lengths he was willing to go to, to only see her. 1 By Carol King ...read more.

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