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Compare at least three poems in this group, which show how different love poems and lovers can be.

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Compare at least three poems in this group, which show how different love poems and lovers can be. Hearts and Partners is a group of poems, which show different attitudes to love and relationships. They deal with insincere love, unrequited love and the physical side of love. The Despairing Lover is a 17th century narrative written by William Walsh. It tells the story of Damon's unrequited love for Phyllis. Damon goes to the edge of a cliff "Where a leap from above Would soon finish his woes." We are led to believe that Damon is so desperately unhappy because Phyllis won't return his love that he is really planning to kill himself. We soon see that his love is insincere and only skin deep. He is very fickle, an anti-hero and the only person he loves is himself. ...read more.

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He gives out commands to show what he wants to happen. He continues to express how important this person was to him and that he was everything in his life " He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest," The loss is so great that nothing can ever be good again and life isn't worth anything. Everyone can relate to the poem as most people have or will lose someone close to them. I wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine is a humorous poem written by Liz Lochhead. The poem is about how she doesn't appreciate the artificial side to Valentines Day. Liz Lochhead has an apparent distaste of the commercialism of it. "Should 10 red padded satin hearts arrive with a sticky sickly saccharine Sentiments in very vulgar verses I wouldn't wonder if you meant them." ...read more.

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He just needs to tell her. We enjoyed reading this collection of poems. Liz Lochhead's cynical view of love made us laugh but we were moved by W H Auden's Stop all the Clocks, Cut off the Telephone and William Walsh's despairing lover made us take pity on Damon. Each writer has a different view on love, which is clear in every poem. W.H Auden shows us the pain caused by the loss of someone you love. Liz Lochhead shows us how she is interested in the actual meaning of love the connection between two people and not the commercial hype surrounding it. William Walsh's view on love is that you shouldn't commit to it unless you really mean it. It is clear that the views on love have stayed the same over time but more writers are addressing the subjects that haven't been addressed before. By Lucy Curran And Zoe Aukim. ...read more.

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