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Compare three or four poems from Hearts and Partners that you enjoyed.

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"Compare three or four poems from Hearts and Partners that you enjoyed. Write about: * What you enjoyed about the events and attitudes in the poems * What you enjoyed about the ways the poems are written * Differences between the poems" Each poem displays a different attitude to love: "Our Love Now" explores the end of love; "I wanna be yours" depicts the almost 'slavish' side of love; "To His Coy Mistress" is concerned with more sexual side of love. What is most enjoyable about all of these poems is that they depict a variety of attitudes towards love, showing that love can be interpreted in many different ways. In "To His Coy Mistress" a man is attempting to seduce a woman. He begins by promising her love throughout "long love's day", but by the second 'section' we learn that this is just part of his attempt to seduce his mistress. What is most enjoyable and interesting is the third section, when the narrator introduces bullying and often-morbid statements about death and mortality. It is a peculiar stance for anybody who wishes to acquiesce. Thus, the narrator appears to be using love as a method of gaining sex and pleasure. This attitude is, very much, in contrast to the narrator of "I wanna be yours". Cooper Clarke does not centre the relationship on sex, but devoting his life to the woman of his choice: "I wanna be yours". ...read more.

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The poem seems void of any grammar, which is enjoyable as it adds to the fluidity of the plea. "Our Love Now" employs four extended metaphors, each used once in a male voice and once in a female voice. The poet uses these metaphors to explore differing attitudes to love. When the first image of "the raging storm" is introduced by the male voice it seems like a positive metaphor about healing and reparation. When it is echoed by the female voice it is no longer positive but twisted into a negative, despairing metaphor. Lowry's use of the two voices, "I said" and "She said", also places emphasis on the gap between the lovers. Lowery uses the metaphors very effectively to show the reader clearly the differing attitudes of the lovers to love. What is most enjoyable is that the stark contrast demonstrated through each image illustrates both their different feelings and the rift between them. What was also enjoyable was the ironic image of the "dead tree". The tree is the symbol of shade and peacefulness and is something that seems solid and indestructible, ironically it is dead - just like their relationship. "She" seems to have the most power in the poem, as she has hold of the "refrain", which seems to be assertive. By contrast, what is most enjoyable about "I wanna be yours" is that Cooper Clarke uses subversive objects to attain his 'goal'. ...read more.

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Likewise, "To His Coy Mistress" also has a definitive rhyme scheme. It has a rhyme scheme of abababababab... in the first and the third stanzas. Yet, what was most enjoyable was that Marvell had unsettled the rhyme scheme on unromantic and morbid imagery. The un-rhyming couplets try/virginity are unsettled, and perhaps reflect the way he [the narrator] is unsettled when speaking about this. Whereas the two, latter poems encompass a rhyme scheme, "Our Love Now" has none. The rhyme scheme is static and at a fixed pace. What was enjoyable was that this reflected their relationship. What I most enjoyed about "I wanna be yours" was that the poem provided a different point of reference to love. Cooper Clarke presents us with an utterly devoted and well meaning man who wishes to fulfil everything his 'girl' could wish for. It also represents a change from a patriarchal society: "you call the shots" (7). By contrast, Marvell meditates on how cold, "worm" ridden and empty the grave is. What I enjoyed about this poem was the underpinning message of 'carpe dium' (seize the day), although the choice in which the narrator had chosen to convince his Mistress was poor, and powerful. In anti-thesis, "Our Love Now" looks into how painful and painstaking the end of a relationship can be, but just like "I wanna be yours", it shows a change in patriarchal society, which is shown in the refrain of "such is our love now". Hicham Talebali, 11JB ...read more.

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