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Compare the different ways and forms in which poets have written about love over the centuries

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Compare the different ways and forms in which poets have written about love over the centuries? Love is a universal theme throughout literature from past to modern day. Love has evolved over the centuries, in the way people feel it and show it and so has the way poets have written about love. Over centuries history has changed the values of love and what it is from the French Revolution to the First World War. Always love is an important theme in society therefore in literature. Creating poems of the time to reflect the period when it was written. In the 17th century, poets portrayed love to be sexual and the women would not be sexually active until marriage, because the 17th century was a time of strict religion. Men would idealise their love for a women but women would want be virgins and this is portrayed in the poem 'To His Coy Mistress'. This love is called courtly love and was very traditional in the 17th century. In the first stanza Andrew Marvell describes the love in the poem in first person. This makes the poem personal and is important to show how intimate the love is with using the second person pronoun "we" can illustrate connection or bond between him and her, this can express that a woman is not just a sexual object but a partner in life. ...read more.

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The character in the poem will not be silenced and buried from her point a view. In this Christina Walsh conveys that women have rights and opinions and that they are not there to do men's bidding but in marriage should have companionship and that she is not just a housewife. By doing this Christiana Walsh has portrayed marriage in a negative way and that love and marriage needs to change along side society. In contrast to the first poem it is implied for the women to become more open towards the man. It is suggested that the man has idealised her. This is suggested in, "I am no doll to dress and sit for feeble worship" This implies to the reader that she does not want to be trapped by a man and wants to be her own woman and not controlled by no one. The noun "doll" suggests that she is a toy that is controlled; this creates a powerful image of the man being a child playing with the woman's love. The following "feeble worship" describes the man and the way that men treat women, as goddesses when she wants only to be treated as an equal, so the adverb "feeble" illustrates that the man is worshipping wrongly and that she does not want it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Repetitiveness is used in all of the other poems I have analysed which show that it depicts more impression upon the reader. All the poems I have analysed have evolved from earlier poetry. From Shakespearian sonnets with the classic rhyming couplet at the end to John Clare's change in the number of beats in one line to give more impact, poets have used different ways and forms to convey how love feels and have individualised poems, and how love can be expressed. In conclusion to this essay, poems have evolved with how society has changed the poems I have analysed can show this themselves. These poems show society as it was when they were wrote however some of the poems can relate to the modern day society in which we live in today. Love poems from centuries ago can relate to people now, the reason for this is that love is an emotion that will never die and it is felt by everyone. The poem 'First Love' can be read by anyone today and people can relate to their own first love; love can also be rejected by anyone. Females are still being victims of prejudice even though as a society we are against sexism, this is a reason why 'A Women to her Lover' can be related to by any women today wanting to be an equal in life and love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Arran Stanier 11E Miss Yates ...read more.

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