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Discuss the way love is depicted in the poems The Lady of Shallot(TM), La Belle Dame Sans Merci(TM), First Love(TM) and When We Two Parted(TM).

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Discuss the way love is depicted in the poems 'The Lady of Shallot', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', 'First Love' and 'When We Two Parted'. In the poems 'The Lady of Shalott', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', First Love' and 'When We Two Parted, love is depicted in very different ways. 'The Lady of Shalott' was set in medieval times; there was a convention of courtly love where the loved one was adored from afar and completely beyond their reach. 'The Lady of Shalott' love is innocent and pure. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is a women temptress who destroys men. In this poem love is seen as negative. 'First Love' is the first moment when the poet experiences falling in love, which is a strong emotion. 'When We Two Parted' the love is kept a secret as it was scandalous. 'The Lady of Shalott' is a very well-known ballad by Alfred Lord Tennyson. A ballad is a narrative poem. Any story form may be told as a ballad, such as historical accounts or fairy tales in verse form. It often has 19 stanzas and 9 syllables per line. 'The Lady of Shalott' is thought to be loosely based on Elaine, the fair maid who was in love with Sir Lancelot of the Arthurian legend, as portrayed in Sir Thomas Malory's Morte D'Athur Lancelot, alas only had eyes for Queen Guinvere, so Elaine locked herself in a tower on the island of Shalott and died of a broken heart. ...read more.

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She took me to her elfin grot,' this is her faery cave, and the she turn on her feminine charm 'she wept and sigh'd full sore' Like the lady in Tennyson's poem the knight falls instantly in love. She is different and enchanting; his love is so strong and passionate. Many poets have written about this powerful emotion, and strongly suggest that there is such a thing as falling in love when you see someone of the first time, an example of this would be 'The Lady of Shallot' she fell in love with 'Sir Lancelot'. Clearly 'Le Belle Dame Sans Merci' is not innocent and is used to tempting men to their destruction, she convinced the men that she loved them, then tricked him to make him think that she loved him but she does not. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' has an evil heart. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is from another world because she feed him 'roots and relish sweet, and honey wild and manna dew.' These are enchanted sweets; the food makes him fall in love with her. As 'she lulled me asleep' he dreams, he saw a warning 'Ah! Woe betide' there 'I saw pale kings and princes too, Pale warriors' all of theses men where important people, they have vital roles. They all cried "La Belle Dame Sans Merci Hath thee in thrall!" which means the beautiful lady without mercy has you in her power. ...read more.

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The imagery in this poem that is used to describe his feelings are similar to the all the other poems, where they all mention about the paleness of the skin, the coldness they all feel, and lack of feeling that everyone had. The lady in the poem is very different from the girl in 'First Love' because there were no secret between anyone, she was a normal sweet, country girl, but in this poem the lady is fairly similar to 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' she seems to be a cruel and heartless women, 'Thy spirit deceive' this is saying that the lady tricked him, just like 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' when she enchanted the men. The repetition of 'In silence and tears' in the first and last stanzas indicates that he wanted to emphasize the difference between two verses. Love is a powerful emotion which can change and alter because many people see love in different ways, this is just four views on love; all of these poems give us a negative view on love. All of the poems lead to a tragic ending either leading to death, or feeling very distressed or heartbroken. The poem I liked the most enjoyed was 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' because it was a fictional poem, distressing a knight-at-arms who has been seduced and abandoned by a capricious fairy. This tells about the 'faery child' enchanting the knight and then vanishing leaving him to find her again. This is a great poem showing the tragedy of love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Holgate 10L ...read more.

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