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Comparison Between The Ways In Which Browning And Hardy Present Love.

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A Comparison Between The Ways In Which Browning And Hardy Present Love. Meeting at Night and Neutral Tones are two poems about relationships. Meeting at Night is about a couple in the lust stage of their relationship. Whereas Neutral Tones is about the end of a relationship. Both authors have presented the stages of love in various ways. I shall explain how in the paragraphs to follow. When reading a poem, the first thing that the reader usually glances at it the title, therefore, the title has to have a certain amount of information in it. For example, when the reader looks at the word Neutral in Neutral Tones he or she will immediately have certain ideas and connotations running through his or her head. The word 'neutral' has connotations such as 'silence,' 'disinterest,' 'dispassionate' and 'impartial.' Therefore, the reader immediately is given a clue about what the poem is going to be about. The reader knows that this poem is not going to be about something exciting or adventurous. As a result, Hardy's presentation of love is bleak. When the reader looks at the title Meeting at Night, he or she will be thinking or words such as 'sneaky,' 'secretive,' and 'hidden.' ...read more.

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Line eight reads, 'Three fields to cross till a farm appears.' By writing this, Browning is suggesting that the couple is deeply in love. This is because the first person in this poem is shown to love the second person enough to want to travel over three fields. Therefore, Browning is, again, presenting the lust stage of love because the couple is willing to do anything for each other and this is presenting the stereotypical 'in love' couple. There are other ways that Browning and Hardy present love. Both authors use Tense to create effect in their poems. Browning used present tense to suggest that the relationship is taking place now. In line five, he wrote, "As I gain the cove with pushing prow." This creates the effect that what the couple is doing is happening now. By using the present tense, Browning is again suggesting that the pair is in the lust stage of their relationship as one associates lust with the present tense. Hardy used the past tense in his poem. The past tense implies that something is at an end; in this case, the lust and love stages are in the past and the relationship is over. It is as though Hardy is looking back to the day when he decided to end a relationship with someone. ...read more.

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In addition, Browning and Hardy have used various paces to present the relationship. The pace in Browning's poem is quite fast. He rarely gives the reader time to breathe and carries on sentences throughout the lines so that the readers' eyes have to quickly carry on to the next line; this has a connection with how the two people must feel in this poem. This is because they are running around in secret, therefore they must feel that they have little time to breathe and that they must do things quickly in concession as they have to make the most of their time together. He seldom uses full stops and lets the sentences carry on throughout the lines. This gives the feeling of the poem becoming faster towards the end, as the reader needs to say the lines quickly before he/she runs out of breath. This gives the impression of the lust stage of the relationship. This is because lust is the fastest stage of the connection between a couple. It is where the heart beats fast every time you see the partner, where a couple run around with each other and when you feel as if they have no time to breath, hence the fact of Browning not letting the reader breathe. ...read more.

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