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Discuss the ways in which Poets Make Use of Form and Language to present their Views on Love and Marriage.

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Coursework: Discuss the ways in which Poets Make Use of Form and Language to present their Views on Love and Marriage In this essay I am going to discuss two poems written in the Victorian era which both discuss the writers view on love and marriage. The poems which I am going to write about are "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning and "A woman to her lover" by Christina Walsh. "My Last Duchess" is a dramatic monologue which shows us the view of marriage from a chauvinistic Duke. Whereas "A woman to her lover" is a 4 stanza reply to Christina Walsh's view on her ideal husband. Poets use form and language to present their views on love and marriage in many different ways. ...read more.

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The form of "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning is a Dramatic Monologue written in Iambic Pentameter. I t makes the poem like a conversation rather than a poem as it is written in rhyming couplets. The rhyming couplets make it feel like a conversation because it allows the poem to flow more easily For example: "Looking as if she were alive. I call" 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The language in "My last duchess" is very complex and powerful, for example "countenance" and "officious". It is used to show the duke's upper-class upbringing and enjoyment of vast power. There are many rhetorical questions used in "My last duchess" as it is a dramatic monologue. They show that the duke enjoys people agreeing to his thoughts. For example "Will't please you sit and look at her? ' Fr� Pandolf'..." ...read more.

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But in "My Last Duchess" he uses metaphors to show that he thinks that he should be allowed to control women, such as "taming a sea-horse". This means that he feels that women are as easy to control, as a sea horse. Walsh repeats "Or if" in the 2nd and 3rd stanzas of "A women to her lover" and at the end of the 1st and 2nd stanzas she repeats "I refuse you". This shows again her disgust for men. But in "My last duchess, there are no repetitions. In conclusion, "A Women to Her lover" shows her disgust for men, but we are later revealed that her perfect man would be one whom treats her as an equal. But, in "My last duchess" we are told that the duke is chauvinistic and sees a woman as an object or a pet. Oliver Wand 10A2 ...read more.

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