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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. 'Villegiature' and 'A Woman to her Lover' are both poems written by women about their lovers. However the women see their partners in completely different ways. In 'Villegiature' it could be argued that the couple have broken up; but the woman is still thinking about her ex. The poem reads: " So, by the pear-tree to my room Your ghost last night climbed uninvited." In that sentence 'room' is used as a metaphor for the women's mind; and 'ghost' is a metaphor for a memory of the man. ...read more.

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Although both 'Villegiature' and 'A Women to her Lover' are love poems, 'Villegiature' is written in a romantic style, whilst 'A Woman to her Lover' is much more aggressive. Both poems start very differently to how the finish. Villegiature's opening line is: "My window, framed in pear-tree bloom". Pear tree bloom is white, and suggests innocence and purity. However the poem ends with: "I did not-till your ghost had fled- Remember how you always bore me!" The poem starts on a positive note but ends negatively. "A Women to her Lover's" first three stanzas outline three things that her lover cannot do if he wants too keep her. These points are: Not to use her as an object; not to marry her to show her off; and not to expect her to fulfil all his desires. ...read more.

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The poem rhymes and has rhythm it is written in a b a b format the whole way through. Finding the words that rhyme and fitting them into the conventional rhythm probably took more time and thought than putting across a message. "A Woman to her Lover" has no rhyme, no rhythm and very little alliteration and assonance. It is written entirely to put across a message and a warning to all men. The poem was written in the ninetieth century; during this time men saw their wives as servants; a machine to make children; and a way of having sex without committing bastardry. And most women saw themselves in the same way. The poet Christina Walsh wrote the poem as a criticism of the stereotypes and as a rallying cry to all women. http://www.ask.co.uk/metasearch.asp?aj_product=IndexSearch&MetaEngine=Teoma&EngineOrdinal=2&ItemOrdinal=3&m=9&AdServerCode=&MetaURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esheriffs%2Eorg%2Fdv%2Fwalshbio%2Ehtml__score_0.73__&MetaTopic=Christina+Walsh&ask=Who%2Bis%2BChristina%2BWalsh%253F&LogId=C4015F26F40F7F4FACE88CE35F34CC6A&origin=0&qsource=1&qcategory=&aj_is=no&rf=&x=false ...read more.

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