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Compare 'when we two parted' and 'remember' by Byron and C. Rossetti

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Compare 'when we two parted' and 'remember' In this essay I will be looking at the poems 'when we two parted' and remember which both use the theme of love and loss. During the time in which these poems are written the relationships between men and women were different rather than equality men owned women and could do as they pleased with them this was because women were seen as inferior Lord Byron starts off his poem 'When we two parted" by recollecting the incident when he and his lover went their separate ways. The title is a recollection of the past. The memories of the past and this relationship bring out the bitter sweet moments he had with his lover. This title emphasizes more the loss than the love. He stresses the pain they both felt at losing each other. In the line 'In silence and tears' we see the suffering both these lovers went through. ...read more.

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So she is putting herself in the shoes of her lover, 'and afterwards remember do not grieve' this shows that she does not want him to feel guilty about him forgetting her for a while, 'for if. 'better by far you should forget and smile, than you should remember and be sad' if forgetfulness bring you joy than it is okay to forget about me, so she shows that she wishes for him to be happy as she can no longer be there with him. There are contrasted words and images used throughout the poem, the word forget is contrasted with remember, and smile is contrasted with sad, this is to show the confusion in the poets mind. The first tone shows pain, sorrow, despair and confusion, and in the second there is mellowness and the acceptance of the reality of death. Both poems talk about a different type of love In "When We Two Parted", Byron seems to stress more the loss since he makes emphasizes the pain he went through when separating from his past lover. ...read more.

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In the line "better by far you should forget and smile, than that you should remember and be sad", she brings out the fact that their love is mature and she only wants the best for him since she cares so deeply about his happiness, even if that means forgetting her and the love they shared. The negative aspect here is the pain are made to go through as death is irreversible and that they are unable to live out their dreams they had planned for their future together, "you tell me of our future that you had planned, only remember me; you understand". Though both these poems, each poet has managed to convey the aspects of love and loss and even though one may feel that love has so many drawbacks, I agree with the saying "it is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all", since love is truly a magical feeling and everyone should be able to experience it at least once in a lifetime. By Arran O'Reilly ...read more.

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