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Compare the language and form used to express lost love in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Keats and 'When We Two Parted' by Byron. Explore a wider selection of poems on this theme and connect and compare them with those of Keats and Byron.

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Compare the language and form used to express lost love in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Keats and 'When We Two Parted' by Byron. Explore a wider selection of poems on this theme and connect and compare them with those of Keats and Byron. I intend to compare, 'When We Two Parted', a romantic poem by Lord Byron and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', also a romantic theme but a ballad by John Keats. In 'When We Two Parted' the poem tells of a loving relationship which has ended, when one of the partner's feelings for the other waned. It expresses the emotions of resentment, betrayal, sorrow and anguish which are those sentiments which are often felt by the one in the relationship who has been left. It is personal to the poet and written to his lost love. The poem by John Keats 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' has a similar message because it tells of a breakdown in a relationship; it is written as a ballad. It is a romantic story set in times past. It tells of the heartless reactions of a lady to her love-lorn knight. It is an allegory, perhaps written by the poet after he had been let down by his true love. ...read more.

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The main characters are a chivalrous knight and a passer-by, who questions the knight about his sadness. Keats uses romantic, almost archaic language that is reminiscent of Shakespeare. 'I met a lady in the mead,' ' The squirrel's granary is full And the harvest done.' 'Hath thee in thrall.' These quotes give a definite time frame. With the type of language used by Keats, we can see that the ballad was written at a time when the romantic poetry was extremely popular and poetic style was often influenced by the master of such poems; Shakespeare. The author has written the ballad in sections; we can identify a beginning, a middle and an end; the beginning is shown in the first four stanzas with the introduction of a: 'lady in the meads' it then moves smoothly into the middle part of the ballad when the two lovers are having fun and enjoying each others company. The author is giving his lover romantic 'presents': 'I made a garland for her head' and the end tells of the break-up, the word 'death' signals the death of a relationship. Parts of the ballad are in dream sequence: 'and there she lulled me... ...read more.

Conclusion

This links to 'Never Seek To Tell Thy Love' because of the way they find out about their lover adultery, it is obviously a big shock. It is apparent that their lovers were maybe a bit 'loose', I can say this because the way they find out that their love has left them. 'Porphyria's Lover' is linked to 'When We Two Parted' by the tone used to portry their pain. The tone used is very cold and bitter: 'cold, colder thy kiss' These types of words give the poems real pain, it almost gives the effect of physical sickness, this is told byt the authors with great 'anguish' as they use many words like this to give across their throbbing heart soreness. In conclusion I think that the poets bring their themes to life well, by using all the things mentioned structure which is important to set the mood and tone, language which is important to set the mood, tone and gives the speed of the poem. Also the view of love is expressed by all the poets well as being 'unrequited' as it is not really returned in the same way as it is being bestowed on the poets love. \\ ?? ?? ?? ?? OMAR FARAG 1 ...read more.

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