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Compare the threepoems A Birthday by Christina Rossetti, How Do I Love Thee? byElizabeth Barrett Browning and First Love by John Clare.  Explain howthe poets present differing experiences of love and which poem you prefer,commenting on the language..

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Compare the three poems A Birthday by Christina Rossetti, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and First Love by John Clare. Explain how the poets present differing experiences of love and which poem you prefer, commenting on the language and style of each. This essay is going to compare the three love poems, which show three types of love. A Birthday presents love as being a special occasion. It also shows love as being a happy occasion by using many positive words. How Do I Love Thee? is a more religious poem and to me it presents itself as being a poem that sees love as being very holy and created by God. This makes it very precious and pure and should not be destroyed. First Love is in comparison a very sad and pessimistic look at love. The poem looks at love as being something that destroys a person from within. However the beginning of the poem is much alike to A Birthday. The poem First Love begins by being very vibrant. The title suggests the love as being overwhelming, passionate and painful. When the reader then looks at the first line the love seems very forceful, sudden and violent, which again makes it seem as though it is an innocent love. ...read more.

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is very different in that it has a cheery point of view. The poem How Do I love Thee? continues to be very cheerful and there is no major change in the direction that the poet is going. The poet repeats the words "I love thee" to reinforce to the reader the fact that she truly loves him and only him. She continues to describe to the reader her feelings that her love is not just a passion that shall not last long, "quiet need". When the author uses the words "sun...candlelight" she is portraying to the reader that her love is a positive idea. The poet could have not used these words and this would have symbolised that her love was not a positive part of her life. "Freely" indicates that the poet wants her love to be seen as natural and not forced. Later Barrett Browning uses the word "purely" implies that the love has been god-given and that it is innocent, this makes the love more special to the reader as they feel that it is pure and not wasted on someone who does not appreciate it. The reader is assured that the love shall be true when the poet continues to describe her love with heart-felt emotion. The poem develops by becoming more intensified and the reader has not lost interest in this poem. ...read more.

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The final message of the poem A Birthday is that her love is incredibly special and that the poet is incredibly lucky to be blessed with love as exciting and compelling as this love. The beginning and the end of A Birthday are very similar as they both praise love and celebrate it. All three of the poems are related because each of them provides a feeling of affection and elation. I feel that the key difference between the poem First Love, How Do I Love Thee and A Birthday are the endings. The ending of the poem First Love is a very negative and this differs to the [poems A Birthday and How Do I Love Thee, which end in a very enthusiastic and self - assured way. I admire the poet of First Love for his clever portrayal of how love can break a heart, and I was particularly captivated by the use of metaphorical language. The poem How Do I Love thee looks at love in a pure and holy way, by using language, which is directly referred to religion. The poet of A Birthday feels that her love is superior to all others and this is represented with words that illustrate status. This poem is captivating due to its use of representative language. I admire the way in which Rossetti describes her love as being luxurious as that is how many people feel whilst in love. June 04 Emily Tiernan Poetry Coursework ...read more.

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