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Compare the ways the poets describe the experience of love.

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English Unit 3-Poetry Eva Chen January 04 Compare the ways the poets describe the experience of love In William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, he said love would never fade. There are a lot of different types of love: romantic love, love between brothers, family love between my parents. It is the most important love in my life; romantic love can be the strongest love and can make you do any think and forget anything; companionships or love between friends, which you can bring you happiness when you are sad. Love cannot always bring you happiness, it also could cause jealousy, betrayal, which make you feel sad and break you heart. For instance, in Shakespeare's play "Othello", shows the jealousy of Othello towards Cassio and this causes the tragedy to happen. Shakespeare uses the Sonnet, which is poem of 14 lines: 3*4*2. Its rhymes is a, b, a, b, c, d, c, d, e, f, e, f, g, g. It has a logical structure where the first eight lines compare love with the bad parts of summer, but in the rest of four lines, he says that love will never fade and it will defeat death. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses hushed staccato sound and the emotion of fear and frightens to describe his lovers absence of emotion when she is in the tomb. He used the vivid term "shade" to describe the darkness of the Hades she is "wand' rest" as she is scared, she does not know where to go. However, her mystery will still live in the poem for eternity. The Sonnet ends with the strong and happy conclusion: "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So ling lives this, and this gives life to thee." Poem is stronger than death, she will be eternity, and she never died in the readers' mind as soon as they can read the beautiful Sonnet 18. W H Anden's "STOP ALL THE CLOCKS" is written in 1930s. He writes about his lover and her death. He tried to remember his lover by planning a funny funeral to celebrate his wonderful life. He creates a vivid colourful picture by using the " White nicks of the public doves and black cotton gloves". In this poem, W H Auden uses some modern comparison image to amaze the reader. ...read more.

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My sadness of reading this poem is strongest in the last line. " For nothing now can ever come to any good." The single word and monosyllables here make a broken sentence and a slow rhythm like the beating of the clock and the end of time, as the title said " STOP ALL THE CLOCKS" Both poems talk about emotion love and the poet's feeling. However, there are also a many differences between them. Shakespeare writes about love by using traditional metaphors. Whereas in Auden's poem, he compares the love with 20th inventions and makes his poem modern. The use of language in these two poems is different because Shakespeare uses complex language as that is 400 years old, whereas, ballad is simple and easy understanding. These two poems also show that Shakespeare and Auden have different philosophy view on life: Shakespeare was optimistic and Auden is passionate. These differences give the reader different feeling when they read their poem. I enjoyed more Shakespeare's Sonnet, as it is more romantic and more traditional. He also created a beautiful poem. But Auden's poem is too gloomy as he compared love with funeral. 1 ...read more.

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