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Compare the different ways in which love and loss are presented in at least 3 of the poems you have studied.

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Compare the different ways in which love and loss are presented in at least 3 of the poems you have studied. The poem "How I Love thee?", written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning breaks the stereotypical view of women in this famous poem. Which explores a woman who shares her passion for her lover, which is deflected from straight Religious belief to love this man. The poem is a very unique question and we can understand as readers that this poem has a wonderful positive rhythm, which underpins the personal, and heart felt emotion despite the logical almost detached exact way of how she describes her love by account. Immediately, we are alerted by the probing title, which Browning cleverly uses to illustrate the ways in what she loves about this man and also this is repeated in the first line. In this we realise that the poem is literally a list of positive things, which is presented in the traditional form of classic love poetry, the Shakespearean sonnet. This consists of an octave (eight lines) and six lines. In the octave, she explores her love life as an adult, her love life now and in the 2nd part, the six lines she refers back to her childhood and shares her opinions on love as a child, which shows how her opinions differ from then and now and show the changes in her idea of love. ...read more.


Also, in one line the poet uses three words to emphasise her true feelings- "I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears of all my life" The use of "breath", "smiles" and "tears" all express emotion, and by using three nouns this helps to encapsulate the fundamental experiences which encompasses all moods of life. The second poem "When We Two Parted", by George Gordon is a poem about betrayal and unfaithfulness by his lover who promised to wait for him. The poet was known to be a womaniser; he had no such respect for woman and never had deep love for any woman except this one. He had loved her deeply and was given a real taste of his own medicine. This is why this separation is so very much painful for the poet; he had never felt like this ever before. 'Why wert thou so dear?' This poem is depressing and heart-breaking. This is in contrast to the first poem "How do I Love Thee?" which is about happiness and strong bonded love. The love for this woman from poet was truly great and scarred in his heart. He had really tasted true love for once. ...read more.


In this poem, the stereotypical view of men in a relationship is clearly explored as he mentions the female body parts- "My favour at her breast" After a while the Duke lost his patience, with his Duchess continuing, "flirting" with anyone. The Duke became obsessed and could not handle it anymore. So the Duke decided to kill the Duchess. The Duke is obviously a very jealous individual, full of arrogance and greed. After the Duchess's death he wants to marry a counts daughter. "How do I Love thee?" is a poem of extreme unity and love for one another. The poet has a tremendous amount of dedication to her lover and their relationship is built on trust. They even go as far as talking about life after death and how they will become re-united in God's hands. "When we two departed" is a poem of absolute disloyalty. The poet did get what he deserved but this was his true first love. This "relationship" is broken by the poets lover after she betrays him. This poem is all about deceit and betrayal. The last poem "My last duchess", is a poem of jealousy and resentment. It's about a Duchess who is very loyal to her husband. Her life ends because of envy. It is really saddening, as she had not committed any crime to deserve this brutal punishment. ...read more.

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