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Discuss the ways in which poets' use of form and language to present their views on love and marriage.

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Discuss the ways in which poets' use of form and language to present their views on love and marriage Love is possibly the most talked about subject of all time but unfortunately it has not always been as fair, free or co-equal as we like to believe it is today. Pre-twentieth century poems clearly show us that love was very male dominated. This was often the faults of the woman's fathers who set up arranged marriages and tried to find the best financial proposition for the daughter. Some of these poems include "A Woman to her Lover" by Christina Walsh, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning and two sonnets "Remember" by Christina Rossetti and "How do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. All these writers try to bring across their view which is love was not fair. Of these four poems only one was written by a man "My last Duchess". ...read more.

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Her father was the poet Gabriele Rossetti; her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti also became a poet and a painter. Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics. Her poetry is marked by symbolism and intense feeling. As much as I have searched for Christina Walsh I have been unable to find any information on her life or on any of her poems. Rhetorical Questions always play an important role in poetry but in these poems they are especially important. In "A Woman to her Lover" it immediately starts with a rhetorical question. This just shows how angry and desperate she is to get out what she has to say. On the other hand you have Browning talking to another man and saying "Will't please you sit and look at her", this therefore forcing the servant to sit. This just goes to show the importance of power and money in the eighteenth century. ...read more.

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In "A Woman to her Lover" Ms Walsh uses four stanzas to answer the apparent not so simple question 'Will You Marry Me?' She also rejects traditional poetry rules and does not use any rhyme scheme. This gives her freedom in poetry which she wishes all woman had pre-twentieth century. Ms Rossetti uses a petrarchan sonnet this reflects the deep thought and care she must have taken to write this poem. Also alongside Mr Browning she uses iambic pentameter, this gives the poems a natural rhythm that sounds like the human heart and implies that this is a poem of love. Overall, these four prime examples of great poetry show just how much love and romance has changed over the last two hundred years. We see today woman who chose who they want to be with unlike all those years ago. We see relationships where the woman has more control than the man. And even after two hundred years we still see some cases where the marriage is controlled by the parents, society and money. Kyriakos Perdikou ...read more.

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