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Compare and Contrast theIdeas and Techniques of the Poets in the some of the Love Poems we have Studied

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Compare and Contrast the Ideas and Techniques of the Poets in the some of the Love Poems we have Studied Love is a very popular topic for poetry. This is because love is one of the only things that there is no scientific fact no true definition and can be thought of in so many different ways. Poets can use poems to portray all the different types of love that people feel, romantic, young, stereotypical, fake, possessive, physical, the list is endless. Three poems that portray some of these are "The Flea", "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and "A Woman to her Lover". I like the poems "The Flea" and "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne because of the imagery and metaphors he uses to give us an understanding of both poems. I also like the poem "A Woman to Her Lover" by Christina Walsh because it gives a woman's view of love. This gives a significant contrast to Donne's poems. "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" is a good contrast to "The Flea" since in "The Flea" the man who is talking is trying to persuade the woman to sleep with him when she is trying to refuse. ...read more.


This is a very shocking image but Donne uses it to contradict and almost trick the woman into sleeping with him. This is unlike "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning". In "A Woman to Her Lover" is almost the woman's view to "The Flea". In the third verse of "A Woman to Her Lover" Christina talks of how her body is not something that her lover can use for his physical desires. "My skin soft only for you fond caresses My body supple only for your sense delight" Christina uses alliteration of the soft f's and s's these gentle sounds echo the sensual feeling that her lover has and emphasises the point she is trying to make. "A Woman to Her Lover" is like "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" in the way that the man in "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" feels that their love is not revolved around them being physically together.A good way to think of it is that the man in "A Valediction : Forbidding Mourning" would like his lover to think of love in the way the woman does in "A woman to Her lover". ...read more.


Showing how her love for him is free of sin and is just pure true love. "I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise." In both "The Flea" and "A Woman to Her Lover" there are references to marriage. In Donne's poem the man uses as an excuse to sleep with the woman. "Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is:" Here Donne is trying to explain how because that is where they have been married it is there and then that they should sleep together therefore showing how he is using marriage as an excuse to sleep with her. In "A Woman to Her Lover" the woman also thinks the reason her lover wants to marry her is so that he has a perfect reason to sleep with her. Not for love but for physical and possessive desire. "To make me a bondslave, To bear you children," The woman's idea of marriage is a lot more on the Biblical side, once again the marriage side. In explanation the woman talks about how she wants their love to be "Of passion, and of joy and sorrow". This is much like the wedding vows, "In sickness and in health." This shows how the woman wants him to love her through and through whether she's, sick or healthy, happy or sad. ...read more.

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