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Comparison of Four Love Poems

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English Coursework Love Poetry from the 20th Century I propose to write about four love poems from the 20th Century. These four poems are each by different poets and I have chosen from a variety of poems, which I have studied in class. The four poems that I am going to write about are each of a different situation to do with love and show different ways of expressing what is happening. The poems that I will write about are, 'The Confirmation' by Edward Muir, 'First Frost' by Andrei Voznesensky, 'An Anniversary' by Vernon Scannell and 'Love Songs in Age' by Philip Larkin. The first poem 'The confirmation' is about a man finding the perfect woman and falling in love. The next poem, 'First Frost' is about a girl's first separation and how hurtful it is. Then 'An Anniversary' talks also about a separation but of a couple who have drifted apart after a lifetime together and finally 'Love Songs in Age' which looks back upon a couples life together from the point of view of one of them after the other has passed away. All of these poems use different styles of writing and different uses of literary features. I will look at the content and the style of each poem; I will also show my opinion on each one. The first poem that I will write about is 'The Confirmation' by Edward Muir. This poem is about a man who has found his perfect woman and is telling her that he has been searching for her and how, she is the one for him. ...read more.

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It backs this up when it compares her fingers with ice, 'fingers like ice'. This is a simile, which also suggests that she is dainty and precious and that she can be harmed easily. This, is then again backed up with 'glass beads in her ears', which can be described as either tears, or rain settling there. This is a metaphor; it is comparing her tears with glass, which describes them as precious and fragile. It could also be interpreted as earrings, which would also show her as special and beautiful but at the same time delicate. The poem then goes on to say that she has to 'beat her way back alone down the icy street', which could be interpreted in two ways, either she literally had to find her way home whilst feeling as frail as she is and lonely. On the other hand, it could be a metaphor suggesting that she has to find her way through life on her own and 'beat' suggests that that will be hard for her. The 'icy' street suggests that the path in life that she now must follow will be slippery, cold, harsh and could hurt her, it will also be hard to follow and difficult; maybe because she no longer has him to help. As the poem continues, 'First frost' implies that in this maybe happy time in her life this has been the first hurtful and cold thing that has happened to her. It is metaphorical, it could also mean that it is her first separation and split with a man that she loves. ...read more.

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The letter s gives a soft sound, which could have been used to show emphasis on the feeling that it was inevitable and maybe there was regret for the situation. The second verse shows that they have actually grown apart and that it has got to a stage where they cannot grow close again but there must still be a link between them maybe from the heart and the same distance will always remain but never become more. This is shown in the words, 'the distance never changing.' They are now leaves floating on the river, which could be a downward spiral of upset and distress. The water's 'shimmering skin' is also alliteration, with the letter s, which again could be used to show that there was sorrow in their relationship and regret for whatever had gone wrong. It is also personification because water does not have a skin. The last verse talks about the life that they used to have together, how they 'danced and often touched each other' and how they enjoyed it and had fun. The line 'often touched each other' could be that the distance between them was at some times non?existent between them and that they were as close together as possible. It is a metaphor and by saying that they 'will not touch each other again' suggests that they will never be able to become close again in love and that whatever has happened between them has separated them forever. This verse is very repetitive and simple in language, which shows that it is blunt and straight to the point. It shows the feeling of the poem and shows that what it is saying is definite and affirmed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sophia Walter L5L Page:1 02/05/2007 ...read more.

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