• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Critical Analysis:The Good Morrow by John Donne.

    Moreover, the possible sexual connotations, such as the pun on the word country, (surprisingly, erotic punning has been around for a long time) might indicate that in their childish state their loves were merely physical. At the beginning of the second verse, the poet describes how after their awakening, the

  2. The portrayal of love in a valediction - Forbidding mourning.

    also the physical connection that is never forgotten, although it does not take center stage to the mental aspect of their love like it does with the "laity" (8). Earthly and elemental diction is intertwined with spiritual connotations, the "trepidation of the heavens" contrasted with earthquakes and the delicate thinness

  1. With reference to the three poems; 'A Woman to Her Lover', 'When We Two ...

    He describes hi love for Fanny. It is part of the Romantism movement because he felt love for her although it was a bitter poem. 'A Woman to Her Lover' has emotional feelings for love and what the woman describes how she would not be prepared to do everything he wants her to do.

  2. In my essay I will be analysing a choice of four poems out of a ...

    Throughout the stanza confusion is shown through questions. "Are flowers the winter's choice?" "Is love's bed always snow?" suggesting that she isn't returning the love. It goes back to his opinion, her face so beautiful, and that he can't control his feelings, "My heart has left its dwelling place."

  1. A Valediction Forbidden Mourning vs. Love Poem.

    with feelings and senses, he will withdraw the long term separation from his partner: "Dull sublunary lovers' love, whose sole is sense, cannot admit of absence, 'cause it doth remove the thing which elemented it." Donne also argues, that other lovers' love is based on physical relationship more than psychological:

  2. How have the poets you have studied explored the different aspects of love?

    He says they are standing in the Deserts of vast eternity which is heaven. Also the narrator uses beautiful imagery to please his lover, these images is mainly geographical: "Thou by the Indian Ganges' side Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide Of Humber would complain.

  1. Explain the arguments used by the poets to make use of time

    This almost gives a God like image, it commands and can't be beaten. This leads us to assume the idea that time is transitory, it's running out. Marvell also personifies time, "Times winged chariot hurrying near". This gives a similar impression that time is catching up and running out.

  2. Compare and contrast the way the poets of the 'Love and Loss' anthology have ...

    It suggests you can be reborn through the recycling of a life and Rossetti uses this because it is almost as if she will be reborn when her lover returns. Apples, pomegranates and grapes are all circular fruits, implying that their love is never ending and she will always love him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work