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Compare and contrast the sentiments of the two poets in "Villegiature" and "A woman to her Lover"

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Compare and contrast the sentiments of the two poets in "Villegiature" and "A woman to her Lover" You might find it helpful to include some or all of the following: * The emotions expressed * Significant words, phrases and techniques * Your personal response to both poems The poem "Villegiature" was written by Edith Nesbit in the late 19th century. The actual word villegiature means holiday or retreat in French. "Villegiature is a short poem which is about a woman who is being haunted by her former lover. The poem mainly deals with the woman's idealised image of the man and the solid reality. The poem begins with the woman telling of how the memory of the man came into her mind. She uses a metaphor, "By the pear tree to my room, Your ghost last night climbed uninvited". The room is a metaphor for the woman's mind and the ghost is a metaphor for her memory of the man. ...read more.


She introduces a small amount of ambiguity and gives the impression that she has not completely made up her mind yet in the first two words "Oh, dear", this could mean that she is cursing or that she is remembering their relationship. The ghost puts the woman into a false reverie of how wonderful he was but when it disappears, reality comes back into play. "A Woman to Her Lover" is a poem concentrating on how a woman has decided that she does not want to be like all the other women of her time and be ruled by their husbands. She wishes to lead an equal life where she can be a "comrade, friend, and mate" of her husband. The poem begins with the woman questioning the motives of her husband, she asks: "Do you come to me to bend me to your will". She then explains the unfair duties that she is expected to perform for her husband. ...read more.


This final verse was a very important addition to the poem because it adds a whole new dimension to it. It shows that the woman does have positive feelings and is not simply criticising everything. The two poems are similar in the respect that they were both written by women in the 19th century and they are about their male lovers. They are very different however in another respect as "Villegiature" is about how the lover has left and that the woman did not love him and "A Woman to Her Lover" is about a woman who does love her husband and is making demands on him because she has realised that she does not want to live a life ruled by him. "Villegiature" is also looking back into the past; her relationship with a man who is now no longer around and "A Woman to Her Lover" is looking forward; the woman realising that she does not want her future to be like the normal Victorian wife but wants equality. "Villegiature" is less emotional than "A Woman to Her Lover" too; this is because the woman is not in love. ...read more.

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