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Compare the theme of love in 'First Love', 'My last Duchess' and 'Remember'.

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Love and Loss Coursework Introduction I have been told to choose three poems that differ in their exploration of love. The poems what I will be writing about so I can compare them are: 'First Love', 'My last Duchess' and 'Remember'. First Love is about a guy who apparently meets a beautiful woman but hasn't got enough confidence in himself to at least greet her. My Last Duchess is about a man who killed his wife and examines the picture of her. During the poem he describes in a sly sort of way why he killer her. Finally Remember is about a woman who wrote probably a death letter to her fianc�e. The letter consists of what her fianc�e should do such as to forget her and smile but not to remember her and be sad. First Love First Love is about a shy guy who apparently has seen a girl to which astonished his body from root to branch. Amazingly his surroundings seemed to turn entirely different- 'The trees and bushes round the place, Seemed midnight at noonday'. ...read more.


This also shows us how nervous he is and what we might feel for first love. So overall the poem is very interesting and enjoyable so I'd say it is fantastic. My Last Duchess 'My Last Duchess' is basically about an honest but self-centred man who killed his trustworthy wife because of her being too easily impressed. Generally she basically gives the same smile to other people like her fianc�e. So he got someone to draw a picture of her so she would still look as if she were alive - 'that's my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive'. He explains basically whatever any one does such as giving a gift or if you had skill in speech she would easily get attracted and be amazed with the speed of light. Unfortunately 'My Last Duchess' doesn't contain any metaphors but the poem itself is tremendous. The rhyming words are excellent and the words nearly all rhyme together. ...read more.


Some rhymes go in a order where you might not notice it but really makes an effect. Remember doesn't use similes or metaphors and it does sound like a normal story or letter what just rhymes. 'Remember' doesn't use similes because as you can see it doesn't need it. Like there is no need for comparing any words. As explained the poem is like a story so no need for metaphors or similes. 'Remember' is a incredible poem because again it is truthful as you can see it - 'better by far you should forget and smile, than that you should remember and be sad'. Line 13-14 I enjoy that phrase as it is used at the end and is literally true. This is what makes the poem effective. Also another reason why this poem is effective because it gives a great feeling of sorrow because she has died and explaining to the man that he should forget and smile but don't remember her and be sad. There is no need to comment on metaphors or similes because it has been explained above. Overall I think the poem is brilliant as it shows our sorrow inside our pitiful bodies. {Page 1} ...read more.

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