• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare the Ways in Which the Poets you have studied Address the Theme of L&heart;ve.

Extracts from this document...


Compare the Ways in Which the Poets you have studied Address the Theme of L?ve I have studied a number of different poems from different eras. They all seem to show different ways of expressing their thesis of love, what its consequences are and how people are affected. A good example of this is Shakespeare's one-hundred and twenty-ninth sonnet; this informs the reader of the despair, grief and struggles love causes, and how when we get the person we want, all our effort is thrown back into our face and we become discontented. Yet again we search for love that does precisely the same thing over and over again. Yet how amazing it is that men still chase after women (and I don't mean prostitutes) for love, even though it betrays them, such is life. Sonnet 129 Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action; and till action, lust Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust, Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted; and no sooner had Past reason ...read more.


George Herbert believes that God is love and is absolutely perfect; in his poem 'Love Bade me Welcome' he portrays that Love is welcoming, quick and absolutely perfect in every way, "and therefore he is God"*. This poem also shows that we humans are imperfect and should never question Love. Love Bade Me Welcome Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning. If I lacked any thing. "A guest," I answered, "worthy to be here:" Love said, "You shall be he" "I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear, I cannot look on thee" Love took my hand, and smiling did reply, "Who made the eyes but I?" Truth, Lord but I have marred them: let my shame Go where it doth deserve. "And know you not," says Love, "Who bore the blame?" "My dear then will I serve." "You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat." ...read more.


if you're willing said he ( but you're killing said she but its life said he but your wife said she now said he) ow said she (tiptop said he don't stop said she oh no said he) go slow said she (cccome?said he ummm said she) you're divine!said he (you are Mine said she) What a great poem, to start with the man has the overpowering status and by the end the lady has status over him. This is a very imaginative and exiting poem. The fact that the earlier poets language is unfamiliar to today's people's language means that some people will literally throw them out the window unfortunately and only go for the modern ones. The earlier poems say what they want to say, but nothing on sex. The modern poems seem to be much more free in style and words. Earlier poems don't do this in that the time they were written prevented them from doing the modern style and wording. * Marked quotation (and therefore he is God) from a poem by Christopher Smart named Jubilate Agno (English: Rejoice in the Lamb) 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. In conclusion, the poems which I have studied describe a range of emotions from ...

    This is an exaggerated and glorified image of her love for him compared to humanity. She is personifying her love to be whole and pure and this creates images of a powerful love between two people. By the end of the poem, she has explained how she will be with

  2. Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber

    This inseparable nature of sex and violence is demonstrated explicitly when the girl quotes her husband's favourite poet - "There is a striking resemblance between the act of love and the ministrations of a torturer." In addition, in 'The Erl King' violent images are paired with sexual acts; when he

  1. Browning said that the theme of these poems was 'the corruption of the human ...

    I am not convinced that the poems do show the 'corruption of the human heart' because the men in the poems seem to be nothing greater than inadequate. I think that they do 'bad' or corrupt things because they are simple not because they themselves are corrupt.

  2. Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the ...

    It is almost too perfect. A blissful ideal that is unblemished by the shortcomings and failings of the real world. Yet it is unclear exactly who or what is the object of her love. She may be referring to her lover, but she offers no description of him, but instead glorifies love itself.

  1. Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the ...

    One of the possible reasons why Keats sets his poem in the past is to forget about Fanny Brawne; Fanny Brawne is Keats version of the girl in 'First Love'. Like Clare, Keats was subjected to rejection and were both had shy personalities; and similarly both poets reflected something about their own past into their poem e.g.

  2. Discuss the theme of love and longing in the poems you have studied.

    In order for her to feel as though she is alive, she must be dead and be with him because being with him is everything to her. Living with him and being dead with him are the same to her.

  1. "A key reason for the shows success is its ability to use fantasy metaphors ...

    This is shown as we see Buffy standing up for Willow: "We all do stupid stuff. Then we learn." Willow spends half of the season struggling to stay clean in an attempt to win back Tara.

  2. How have the poets I have studied explored the different aspects of love?

    gates of life;' Here he is addressing his mistress, whom in his point of views is shy to consummate her love and to have sexual relations. This quote also shows that he will break through any barriers to get to what they want.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work