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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1980 words

Compare the poems 'Remember' and 'A woman to her lover' - What do you learn from these two poems about the writer's feelings towards their loved ones?

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Introduction

Compare the poems 'Remember' and 'A woman to her lover'. What do you learn from these two poems about the writer's feelings towards their loved ones? In this essay I will be analysing two poems 'Remember' written by Christina Rossetti and 'A woman to her lover' written by Christina Walsh. These poems are concerned with the themes of love and loss and were written in the 19th century. 'Remember' is a poem about a woman who when she is going to die wishes for her lover to remember her. 'A woman to her lover' is about a woman from her perspective how her lover won't treat her. In this essay I will discuss the morals of the poems and the feelings and thoughts of the people described in the poems by the poets. I am going to analyse the poem 'Remember'. It is a sonnet and has 14 lines and one stanza. Usually sonnets are used to express emotion and feelings connected with love. In this poem the writer expresses how she feels about her loved one, that she wants him to remember her when she is going to die to remember and not forget though they had planned a future together. The poet has a special bond with her lover; this is shown in line 4 'Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay'. The poet is saying that she tried to leave him and turn away but she ended up staying because her love for him is so strong.

Middle

'A creature who will have no greater joy, Than gratify your glamorous desire'. She expresses that she will not be that kind of woman who will gratify her lover's desire and that her body will not be used has an object only for her lovers eyes. I n the last line of the 3rd stanza, 'Not for you the hand of any wakened woman of our time'. I think this describes how woman in the olden days were made to kneel at their lovers every words and that now in modern times women are more independent and speak their own mind and they don't have to please their lovers every wishes. In the 4th stanza, the mood changes because she tells her lover how she would like to be treated, and how she wants their relationship to progress. The poet begins the fourth stanza with, 'But if you ask me.' (Line 20) This is because the other three stanzas show what her lover expects from her and these stanzas of what she wants their relationship to be; this is shown in line 24-27. 'That so together we may know the purity and height, Of passion, and of joy and sorrow. Then O husband, I am yours forever And our co-equal love will make the stars to laugh with joy'. She wants she and her lover to share the feelings in sorrow and sadness together, everything they do to are shared together. 'A woman to her lover' is a poem, which shows images of love, expectation and strong feelings.

Conclusion

In 'A woman to her lover' I feel that the writer probably had bad experiences with her past lover and does not want it to repeat itself, that is why she is so straightforward and cuts straight to the point, in the poem. Their relationship is probably in its developing stages and I think it will last long if her lover thinks about how she wants to be treated. Out of the two poems I can say I prefer 'Remember by Christina Rossetti', the reason I like it better is because its short, it cuts straight to the point in 14 lines, its very expressive and the feelings expressed are relateble, it is easy to understand and you know exactly what the poet is writing about. The best line in the poem for me is the part in the poem where she thinks of her lover and asks him if it caused him to much pain to remember her then its better that he forget than remember her and be sad. I feel that this line shows the depth of love she has for him and it must have been very painful to say that, knowing how much wants to be remembered by him. The main points from 'A woman to her lover' is that I think she wants her lover to treat her with respect and for her not to be a ornament, some one who does not have any feelings. She wants her feelings and thoughts to be acknowledged by her lover. Christina Banjo 1 1

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