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Compare and contrast the two poems, 'Spring Morning' by John Clare, and 'Coldness In Love' by DH Lawrence paying particular attention to their attitudes to love.

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Compare and contrast the two poems, 'Spring Morning' by John Clare, and 'Coldness In Love' by DH Lawrence paying particular attention to their attitudes to love. The two poems 'A Spring Morning' and 'Coldness In Love' both have a common theme of love, but talk about vastly different aspects of that one emotion. An obvious contrast is that in 'A Spring Morning', John Clare talks of the positive aspects of love, and how it feels to be in love, while in 'Coldness In Love', DH Lawrence talks of the pain that can be experienced by someone who was once in love, but has been cast aside by his lover. Another obvious contrast between the two poems is that they are set in contrasting seasons, as Clare's poem is set in spring, hence the title 'A Spring Morning', while Lawrence's poem is set in winter. A clear comparison between the two poems show that they both use pathetic fallacy to reflect the mood, attitude and feelings that they have towards both love, and also what love can do to people. In the poem 'A Spring Morning', Clare describes the act of falling into love, and how once in it all appears to be perfect. He does not talk of a specific case of falling into love, but talks of the general feelings that one can experience when they are in love. As the poem is generalised, it lacks a definitive story-line, which contrasts with 'Coldness In Love', which talks of a specific case of someone (most probably Lawrence himself) ...read more.

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Throughout the poem Lawrence also describes trying to recover his lost lover, but to no avail. The coldness described throughout the poem could show how much Lawrence missed his lover, and how he was not complete without her. This could be so, because the opposite feeling of warmth is associated with being content, and the lack of that warmth could signify his lack of contention now that he is alone. The following quotation shows this clearly: 'But still to me all evening long you were cold, And I was numb with a bitter deathly ache;' The fact that 'all evening long' Lawrence's lover was 'cold' could signify Lawrence now realising that their were signs that his lover was going to leave him before she did, but that he had not spotted them until now. This 'cold' that Lawrence uses to describe his lover could also mean that she did not have the same degree of affection for Lawrence as he had for her. Both 'A Spring Morning' and 'Coldness In Love' can be compared in several ways. The first is that the two poems are both quite structured, but are structured in different ways. They both feature rhyme, which is very obvious in 'A Spring Morning', but is disguised in 'Coldness In Love'. 'A Spring Morning' is written entirely in heroic couplets, which clearly show the rhyme pattern. The fact that the whole poem is written in this way means that Clare planned to write the poem, which shows that he was not gripped by intense passion/ desperation like Lawrence whose poem is very clumsy. ...read more.

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He also describes the things he sees, hears, touches and smells, but does it in a way that almost disgusts the reader, helping him to share his pain. An example of Lawrence incorporating the various senses into his poem is shown in the quotation below: 'A dank, sickening scent came up from the grime Of weed that blackened the shore, so that I recoiled' The alliteration of the words 'sickening scent' give a jittery momentum to that part of the poem, which describes the smell of 'grime'. Language like that previously described combined with words like 'recoiled' alert the reader's senses and incorporate them into the poem, giving it some sincerity. Personally, I feel that 'Coldness In Love' is a vastly more effective poem than 'A Spring Morning', because it is much more specific. I think that the fact that it is about a particular relationship, and how it went wrong allows the reader to sympathise with the poet (Lawrence) over the pain that he must have been feeling when he wrote the poem. I also think that the reader is able to relate to the poem, because every person experiences relationships gone wrong at some point in their lives, so everyone can at least somewhat understand the pain that Lawrence is going through. I also think that the poetic devices that Lawrence has used, especially the deliberate clumsiness allow him to communicate his pain and grief with the reader very well, as it allows the reader to understand what frame of mind he must have been in to write such things. ...read more.

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