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Compare and contrast the different types of relationships depicted in the poems The Sick Rose(TM), Ballad(TM), To His Coy Mistress(TM) and A Woman to her Lover(TM)

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Compare and contrast the different types of relationships depicted in the poems 'The Sick Rose', 'Ballad', 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'A Woman to her Lover' The poems chosen all explore a different aspect of love through the use of poetic features, language and range of perspectives. Whilst 'Ballad' was a female perspective, showing her physical relationship with a very devious man, 'To his Coy Mistress' is from a male perspective, as he attempts, through a seductive yet rational argument, to win over his coy lady. 'A Woman to her Lover' is also from a female perspective about a woman who demands equality. On the other hand, 'The Sick Rose' shows an assault and destruction, telling of a secret love between man and women, possibly through rape or sexually transmitted diseases. Out of all the poems I read, the aspects of physical and spiritual relationships interest me the most because they provide diverse views towards love. 'Ballad' which is a traditional song, of oral tradition, presents male courtship through the use of language, seasonal metaphors and through the story it tells. It is made up of quatrains, rhyming couplets and a refrain, the range of words which rhyme together emphasise the emotions and tone of the poem. ...read more.

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The maid highlights her regret about the relationship, 'O had I walked ere I did run'. She implies that she should have 'walked' slowly into the relationship, instead of rushing. Towards the end of the story, the poignant mood is reinforced: "He has two hearts and I have none" The contrast of having 'two hearts' and 'none', illustrate how the man has taken her heart away from her. Furthermore, poignancy is shown through the use of diction, 'of sorrows in the time to come' and 'Weeping on a stranger's knee'. The word, 'stranger's knee' implies that the father won't be there to care for them and the baby will be bought up by a stranger. The tenth stanza includes half-rhyme, 'brass-...face', which emphasises the sorrow the lady is experiencing. The metaphor emphasises how she is feeling: "My heart would break- but it is brass" At the beginning of the poem the man's heart was 'steel'; however, the maid now explains that the man has gone and she has hardened up inside, 'it is brass', and this implies that she is ready to kill herself as she is strong enough to do so. Furthermore, she says 'to see thee smile at words that be, the messengers of grief to me', which concludes that she decides to kill herself and the baby. ...read more.

Conclusion

the iron gates of life" The words 'rough strife' explain how joyful he is, and the words 'iron gates of life', show how passionate he is. The final two lines of the poem, show that the man wants to enjoy the time with the lady whilst they can: "Thus, though we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run" The suttle pun suggests that they could have a baby. The word 'sun' could possibly have two meanings of having a son or just that it is near the end of their life. Furthermore, the word 'run' could mean that they will make their sun run. The rhyming couplets in the poem create a very upbeat and jaunty tone. We know that the man has constructed a very logical argument, because he uses words such as 'We could spend decades or even centuries in courtship if time stood still and we remained young.', in addition, 'But time passes swiftly and relentlessly', 'Therefore, we must enjoy the pleasure of each other now, without further ado.' We also know when the conclusion of the poem is because he uses words such as 'Now therefore', 'And now', and 'thus'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Arandeep Heer English Literature Coursework Mrs Lambert 10B 2008-06-24 1 ...read more.

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