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Comparing poems- Best Words. Porphyrias Lover and Let Me Not.

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Introduction

Comparing poems- Best Words. Porphyrias Lover and Let Me Not are my chosen poems. I chose these poems because I took an instant liking to Porphyrias Lover and thought that Let Me Not was an appropriate comparison with it. Porphyrias Lover is a poem about an obsessive possessive man, in love with a girl who cannot stay committed and has a fear of relationships, so he murders her to be forever with her. Let Me Not, in my opinion, is more personal and seems to have resulted from Shakespeare's own experience with love. It is saying that love is something that gets in the way and is forever- I.e. Marriage. I will analyse the two poems and then compare them. In Porphyrias Lover, he begins using tempestuous weather to set the scene, and in lines 6- he makes it seem as if not all is well and there is a sense of intrigue. ...read more.

Middle

He then tries to say that what he did was OK because he says in line 43 that he would feel stung if he would lose her, so murder was the only solution. He gets even more perverse in line 45 'Laughed the blue eyes without a stain..' Imagining she isn't dead, living in his own fantasy. Later on he is kind of 'playing with her' as he does the same things with her as when she was alive- but this time she can't go away. And then he tries to persuade himself that what he did was OK because she wanted him to. In line 57-60 he states that God hasn't punished him yet. So deep down he knows what he did was wrong but I think the poems lesson is that love makes you do crazy things! ...read more.

Conclusion

Being something you can't get away from and can never give up. In my comparison of Let Me Not and Porphyrias Lover, I think that the poems are completely opposite in the way that Let Me Not is trying to get away from commitment and Porphyrias Lover is being so in love and wanting commitment so much that he'd resort to murder to fulfil this dream. But then the two poems could be quite similar as Porphyrias Lover is what he wants love to be, maybe not how is actually is (where Let Me Not could be the truth.) In a way, if what I think is right about Shakespeare writing Let Me Not out of personal experience, then they both have had bad experiences with love. But Let Me Not is more fictional than Porphyrias Lover, although both could happen/have happened. The style of writing in Porphyrias Lover is a lot more non-fictional in my opinion. ...read more.

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