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Compare First Love with Shall I Compare Thee..? where Strong Imagery is used to describe Relationships.

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First Love is a Poem which uses Strong Descriptions and Imagery about Relationships. Compare, with one other Poem where Strong Imagery is used to describe Relationships. John Clare uses imagery and similes in abundance to describe and convey the beauty of the woman portrayed. Another poem which similarly uses strong imagery to describe love is Shall I Compare Thee...? by William Shakespeare which is a famous sonnet. I chose this poem specifically because of its dealings with the romantic aspect of love and its portrayal of beauty. In this essay, I will compare the two and identify both their similarities and differences and their meanings on love. It is clear that both poems have a constant theme of season, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?", "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May", "Are flowers the winter's choice?" ...read more.


These quotes also help to show the writer's astonishment at the woman's beauty. The sonnet also shows a theme with death, "Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to times thou growest:". This shows that the woman will eternally live on in the writers mind as his love and so 'death' cannot claim her for its own. In the sonnet, Shall I compare thee...?, Shakespeare sets out to compare her to a summer's day. Despite all its magnificence, through images, Shakespeare finds imperfections in a summer's day, "Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines", and compliments the person of her qualities above a summer's day, "Thou art more lovely and more temperate". ...read more.


This couplet reinstates her immortality in his mind and as an image of love, so long as the poem lives. Different poems use different ways of conveying aspects of love and evoking certain reactions from the reader. For example when Robert Burns wrote To a Mouse, he used a small, vulnerable creature to not create beauty but instead sympathy. Other poems such as The Flea and Porphyria's lover deal with the element of obsessive love. Shall I Compare Thee...? is similar to First Love because they both deal with the aspect of romantic love. Both writers try hard to emphasise the beauty of the two women; Shall I compare thee...? compares the woman to a being more 'lovely' than a summer's day, whereas First Love uses the shock and astonishment of the writer to convey her beauty. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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