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Compare the theme of love in 'Villegiature' and 'How do I love thee'

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Poetry Comparison In this essay I will be looking at how two of the poets write about the theme of love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote 'How do I love thee' and in this poem I think the poet spoke of an unconditional love, I thought this from its tone which was very sad. I think this poem has some religious significance as well because the poet wrote words like 'Being, Right, Praise, Grace and God' these words give the poem a spiritual aspect which the other poems lack. In the final line it said 'I shall but love thee better after death' I think from this that the poet is talking about being reunited with a lost love in heaven because we have already seen that this poet has faith in religion. In the line 'For the ends of Being and Ideal Grace', Being means being looked out for by God and Grace means God's protection, I think the poet has a love for God as well as the person the poem is dedicated to. ...read more.


'Villegiature' also uses nineteenth century English and in the line 'And yet you found Romeo's way' I thought this one line alone contained a lot of sarcasm, its sort of mocking the idea of love. All poems have a voice of some kind this one uses a narrative voice which is one of the few ways that it's like 'How do I love thee' but it helps to give the meaning of the poem more clearly. The poem is not so much related to the Pre-Raphaelites because it's very anti-love in the way I says at the end 'I did not till your ghost had fled remember how you always bore' this gives the poem its ironic feel. The poem has a very dream like tone this is because it describes an exciting affair at the beach which is seen from the line 'And I half forgot I did not love you'. The poet has been very sarcastic throughout the entire poem which makes it a fun poem; in the line 'Deep in ...read more.


To conclude all three poems represented the type of love they spoke of very well for example 'How do I love thee' represents the loyalty of love we can see this from the line 'I shall but love thee better after death' I think the poet means when we are united in heaven in other words I think one of them is dead. 'Remember' speaks of the purity of love we can see this from 'Nor I half turn to go yet turning to stay' what's meant by this is once death has happened I cannot make the choice to stay and this sums up that poem because the poet is so in love she's willing to be forgotten. Finally Villegiature, which spoke of a love that no longer exists. This poem I believe wrote about the theme of love best because what makes it different is that it's a fun love poem which I thought until now did not exist. Daniel Ben-Shalom 10TM Monday 10 May 2004 Poetry Comparison ...read more.

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