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Compare and contrast the ways in which different views of love are portrayed in "Remember" and "My Last Duchess".

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Compare and contrast the ways in which different views of love are portrayed in "Remember" and "My Last Duchess" Both poems "Remember" and "My Last Duchess" seek to convey a view of love. However they are different, to an extent it is the reader who may wonder if the writers are writing about the same thing. Love is always thought of as selfless and pure. This is true in the poem "Remember" by Christina Rosetti, however untrue in the poem "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. In the first poem "Remember" it is about how she wants to be remembered and at this time her lover is alive, whilst in the other poem the lover is dead and he is just having her story told. The first poem "Remember" is a sonnet. This sonnet is a traditional love poem and has 14 lines. The first 8 lines are of a selfish view and the other 6 lines are of another view. ...read more.


He shows possession here, whereas in "Remember" she is sorry for having to leave him. The word "remember" is repeated 5 times in the poem "Remember". This shows that it is her dearest wish for him to remember her BUT she nevertheless wants him to "forget and smile" In "My Last Duchess" the word "I" is very common and this shows that he is constantly thinking about himself and it shows how selfish this is. Noticeably the second word in "My Last Duchess" is "My" which shows he is self centred and possessiveness. This is not the case at all in "Remember" where she is selfless in her poem. ("Better by far you should forget and smile.") In the first poem she talks about the "silent land" and "corrupted darkness" and separations and these all give her grief but it is infact the Duke that puts the Duchess into a "Silent Land." ...read more.


It is therefore an unselfish love poem. In "My Last Duchess" the "love" is really him thinking of the Duchess and him going over the events that happened with her. It is not really love it is in fact possessiveness. He is only interested in himself and he immortalised her so he can "show off" her any time he desires. This is shown by the curtain and he only draws it when he wants to. He has only loved himself. He could be compared to Narcissistic whose name came from a Greek Myth and this person loved himself so much he used to go to water just to look at his reflection. He then later died by falling into a lake. "Remember" is a poem about love and the other poem is not. The Duke in his monologue is always talking and he only stops for breath. In the first poem it is in a sonnet form and is reluctant but sincere and she finally realises that she wants him to be happy. This is love. Pritesh Patel 11N GCSE English Coursework Mrs Kitson Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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