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    Compare and contrast how the writers of "My Last Duchess" and "Remember" portray different views of love

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    / When you can no more hold me by the hand." The Sestet (final 6 lines) presents the solution to that problem, and a final more optimistic future. "My Last Duchess" is in the form of a dramatic monologue. This is a poem of one long stanza in which the Duke, through the language that he uses to describe his former wife, reveals his own character and attitude towards love. It is written in rhyming couplets with some half rhyme; "... pictured countenance / ... earnest glance," and some rhetorical questions, which are polite orders "Will't please you sit and look at her?"

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    Analysis of I Am, by John Clare

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    In fact, after the first stanza, there are only five references to the writer. This suggests that the fist stanza is the most personal the one that is based most strongly on the writer. The 'I' from the poem is reflecting on his past, his life, and what is going on around him, what his life has become. The stanza seems to have a lost air, a feeling of being forgotten and unwanted, "My friends forsake me like a memory lost".

    • Length: 696 words
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    Using a selection of pre-twentieth century verse, compare and contrast the ways in which different poets approach the themes of love and loss.

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    Byron uses the poem as a means by which to send his ex-lover a message in secret. In the poem he reflects upon the break up as he speaks in the past tense. He tells us that they met in "secret", which could mean there relationship was ethically unacceptable; this is what may have caused the break up. Byron says that their separation left both parties "Half broken-hearted" suggesting that they had promised each other to reunite at a more convenient time, most likely for him, which would have been a selfish request. Even though it was his selfishness that caused her to leave him, he still feels betrayed and as if her "vows are all broken".

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    Compare and contrast the attitudes of John Donne and Robert Browning towards love in The Apparition and Porphyria's Lover

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    For example, the extra unstressed syllable in line 15 emphasizes how uncomfortable the meaning of the words "Lest that preserve thee" is. This is helped by the following caesura that breaks up the rhythm even more. Although the poem has 17 lines, 2 half lines just follow on from the line above and it ends with a triplet, GGG instead of a couplet. The twisting of the sonnet structure mirrors the quality of the love shown in the poem: just as Donne's "love is spent" and the tone is of hatred so the classic love poem structure is warped.

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    Comparison Of Love Poetry:Remember by Christina Rossetti, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and When We Two Parted by Lord Byron

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    Like many of them How Do I Love Thee? takes the form of a patriarchal sonnet which is the most common sonnet form and is for the most part the more appropriate form for love poetry over the English or Shakespearian sonnet or the Spenserian sonnet. Using sonnet form, you would expect the change in tone after the first octet but in this the change is less pronounced with a subtle change to a graver side of love. Though it is so understated it could be debated that it isn't there at all.

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    The poet Robert Browning of 'Porphyria's Lover' and the writer of 'First Love', John Clare, both delve into the complexity of love in many ways, some similar and others contrasting.

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    The use of personification is present when describing the storm. This is shown when the poet uses 'sullen wind' to convey his mood. The reader finds out that he is desperately yearning for Porphyria to be with him and he is frustrated that he has to be kept waiting for their assignation. The quotation 'I listened with a heart fit to break' confirms the sense of yearning and in effect gives the reader the impression that his love towards the woman is dark and obsessive, this creates a sense of foreboding.

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    "My Last Duchess" and "To His Coy Mistress" Compare the presentation of the men in these two poems.

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    "To His Coy Mistress, is about a man, who wants to sleep with a young woman, but is scared that he does not have a lot of time left. Both the characters aims are the same, but their motivations are different. The Duke is informing the envoy about how he expects his wife to be by talking to him about his ex-wife. This is because he is trying to finalise the deal of marrying the Count's daughter, and wants to make a good impression, this slips throughout the poem, and he reveals his real self.

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    Compare The Treatment In The Poems 'Sonnet 18' And 'The Sun Rising'.

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    In short, he concludes, the lovers' embrace is the real centre of the Sun, and only they two are important in the world: "Since thy duties be To warm the world, that's done in warming us. Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere; This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere." In the first stanza, a "busy old fool", a "saucy pedantic wretch" and for being "unruly", and is angrily told that his services are not required. It is clear that this anger is tongue-in-cheek, however, by the light-hearted descriptions of the Sun: its desire to shine sunbeams through the curtains into the bedroom reveal the Sun's "saucy" sexy act, and its regularity in time-keeping is "pedantic".

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    A Comparison of two poetries - Like a Flame and The Thickness of Ice

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    It uses the suggestion in the words "ripening cane" to describe herself grow up quickly, already of riper years. His eyes attracted her when she first met that man. As the second verse "my eyes make four with this man." But the third and fourth verses are written she only laughs and feels so confused. She doesn't know she is falling in love because she does not understand the feeling of love. The last four verses of the poem reveal the girl has some sweet feelings when she starts to talk with that man. And it is written the girl is looking for love and they starts to meet to each other.

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    Explore how R.Browning's use of the Dramatic Monologue, helps to shape our understanding of the narrators in 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess. Which narrator do you find the more disturbing and why?

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    her throat" this suggests that she had her throat slit as a result, perhaps it also suggests in 'Porphyria's lover' the sentence "vainer ties" reflects the way that the lover ties her beautiful upper cl3ass hair round her own neck to kill her. This also reflects the fact that the reason he was killing her was her undoing thus the use of her own hair to kill her. Also Browning uses symbolism to show the reader how the narrator feels, such as in 'Porphyrias lover' he says "laid her soiled gloves by" this shows us that the lover thinks that

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    I am contrasting the poems, "My Last Duchess" and "On the Departure Platform". Both poems, although are written in very much contrasting styles, share a central theme of loss and separation of a women

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    In this dramatic monologue, the subject is the Duke's last Duchess who he is talking about and not portraying her too kindly. The obvious observation to be made from the title and from the opening couple of lines, is that the Duchess is dead, "My Last Duchess". A very important observation is also in the word 'my', implying that there was a sense of ownership on the side of the Duke towards the Duchess. This purely amplifies the sense of living in a patriarchal society.

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    I think that although the 'First Love' and 'When We Two Parted' are different due to the fact that one focuses on love and the other on loss. The difference in language of the two poems is tied up with the theme

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    He recounts how his feelings affected him physically, as he blushed. This explanation of physical movement works with the description of emotional feelings to build up the image to the reader, and involve them in the poem to keep them interested. 'When We Two Parted', also sums up the whole poem into a simple phrase. It gives simple, yet meaningful information, telling the reader that two people were involved in a relationship, which was unable to develop into a romance. They therefore had to separate, even if it was only the choice of one party, the woman, as she deceived Lord Byron into believing she was in love with him even though she was not.

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    Comparing and contrasting

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    she starts the fire but because she comes in and it makes him all happy and to him it brightens up his cottage. His love for her takes up his whole life. On the other hand in "The Laboratory" the narrator's life is full of hate for her rival who has taken her lover so she tries to kill her. She puts on a glass mask to protect her from the fumes, which already tells us that this place is not very safe.

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    Analysis of "The Sick Rose"Written by William Blake.

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    The language of it is pretty easy though it is written in 18th century English. The poet uses the present tense to indicate that what he is talking about might happen anytime and anywhere. The tone in the poem is sad. It is set at night, in the "howling storm." It has a double meaning. It is full of figurative language. The whole poem is a metaphor. It seems to be about a rose that has been destroyed at night by a worm, and this is the surface meaning of the poem, but it also can be seen as a tale of a rape.

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    How do 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'The sisters' explore the themes of love, jealousy and madness?

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    whole atmosphere, making the cottage feel warm, and more welcoming, or so the speaker believes m this is an illustration of how fond the speaker is of his lover, she has the effect of brightening up his life, this is maybe the reason why he becomes so obsessed with her. The whole poem is in one long stanza(verse), this is perhaps showing a sort of building anger within the person, or it could also be a hint at the state of mind of the speaker, as it is very unusual to have such a long poem only in one stanza,

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  16. Whoso list to hunt by Sir Thomas Wyatt is an extended metaphor which is all about a deer hunt in which a hind is being chased by several riders. In this the riders represent young men and the hind represents a woman

    hind,' by doing this Wyatt is already giving the reader the impression that the hunter/narrator is out of breath and tired. We then get proof of this when in line 3 the narrator is describing his efforts as hopeless and that he is exhausted, 'the vain travail hath wearied me so sore.' This line is stating how he feels so sorry, for all his attempt were in vain to win her love and be united with her; now he is so wearied and sore.

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  17. I have been analysing several poems recently they are: When We Two Parted by Lord Byron, First Love by John Clare, Villegiature by Edith Nesbitt, Remember Christina Rossetti and How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barratt Bro

    The promises she makes are broken "Thy vows are all broken' She was married, broken vows refer to broken promises. When you marry somebody you must be faithful, and she broke her promise having an affair. But he might also refer to the vows she made to himself: she promised him love but now she changed her mind and decided to abandon him and be faithful to her husband, which, of course, is the right thing to do for her, but breaks the man's heart.

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  18. How does Arnold explore the ongoing theme of religion in the poem Dover Beach?

    Also, this line is the shortest in the poem and this is pivotal as it brings in faith into the poem and other ideas about the world and shown from then on when the beach is described. Also, the writer describes the 'Sea of Faith' having been 'round earth's shore. This shows Arnolds remminisance for the past when religion was full and plentiful.

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  19. How does Matthew Arnold create a sense of foreboding in Dover Beach?

    However, in the final line, Matthew Arnold disturbingly represents this scenery as the way that brings "the eternal note of sadness in" ; the emotional music, that carries with it spiritual living, brings up the bitter-sweet understanding that none of it is actually real. In the second stanza we immediately experience a tonal shift, especially in the way Arnold presents the sea. The Greek author Sophocles' idea of "the turbid ebb and flow of human misery" is introduced.

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  20. Compare First Love with Shall I Compare Thee..? where Strong Imagery is used to describe Relationships.

    The theme of the season clearly shows the reader the feelings of the writer as when he sees his love he is reminded of the feelings of a summers day. Along with season, there is a obvious theme of nature in both, "Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower", "darling buds of May". This theme reinstates and emphasises the beauty of the woman described and shows the reader of the love possessed thoughts of the writer. The reference to the blooming of a flower also shows that she is in her youth.

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  21. Married state

    'But my hands are not complaining'. It describes a wives believes that all her labor is beneficial to the ones she loves, her family, reaching out the audiences sympathy for motherhood, the author also uses adjectives to create this effect. There are 4 stanzas in the poem; each stanza is in chronological order in family ageing. For this reason the language of the poem is very informative and simple, reaching an audience of the common housewives so that the readers can easily relate.

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  22. In this essay there will be three poems being described and evaluated. The first poem is First Love which is written by John Clare. The second poem is Porphyria's lover which is written by Robert Browning. The last poem is My Last Duchess

    In "My Last Duchess" the poet was not able to understand his wife. He didn't realize that his wife was a friendly person and she liked freedom. He mistakenly felt that his wife loved other men. He thought that other men were pleasing her too much. He wanted to rule her because he believed that she needed to obey his orders. He was snobbish on his power so that's why he wouldn't stoop. At last he arranged some one to snatch her life. He implied the message to father of his second wife that if her daughter doesn't obey him, the same thing will happen to her which happened with his first wife.

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  23. A Comparative Study of Three Pre-1914 Love Poems

    An example of this would be: "Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower". John Clare uses this simile to compare the beauty of his love to a flower; her face opening, revealing her beauty like a flower. This simile also conjures thoughts of spring, with flowers "blooming". This simple and innocent comparison with nature allows the reader to empathise with John Clare and the feelings of first love which he has suddenly been overcome with. Another example of this innocence is "With love so sudden and so sweet". This tells us of how this love has been triggered suddenly.

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  24. The poems that I will be looking at are, Sonnet 71 by William Shakespeare, Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti and I Am by John Clare.

    Perhaps his bitterness is aimed at the 'vile world', or the society which maybe took away his freedom and time with his lover, which he is resentful for. He seems to sacrifice his memory of him with her, so that she remains happy. He knows that after a passing, people are normally sad and mournful, but he tells her that he doesn't want to be remembered if it is to make her mournful, since he doesn't want to cloud her 'sweet thoughts' with regret and mournfulness of him- he'd rather that her love for him 'decays', as he would when he dies.

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  25. Love Poetry - "To His Coy Mistress" and "Sonnets from the Portuguese (XLIII)"

    The poets of the time hoped to return to nature, to dismiss reason and embrace beauty. "To His Coy Mistress" is a poem of seduction in which Andrew Marvell uses a lot of interesting metaphors, imagery, and personification to convey his messages. It is a Carpe Diem poem, in which the character in the poem is trying to convince his coy lover to sleep with him. He wants to show her that time waits for no one and he suggests that they spend their time wisely and with care because every second lost will never be regained; therefore, they should seize the day and live every day as it comes.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Choose three poems from the pre-1914 section of your anthology which present different views of love. Compare the poems considering carefully the language the poets have decided to use and its effects on the reader.

    "In conclusion love in these poems is portrayed in a number of different ways. 'My Last Duchess' is very cold poem where the woman is objectified and there is a distorted view of love. There is also little passion shown. 'Porphyria's lover' is quite a passionate poem, which portrays the woman as respectable and brilliant. However the love becomes sinister as in 'My last Duchess'. 'To his Coy Mistress' is much more light hearted than the others and is comic. The poem is quite passionate, but lust is the form of passion and that is not true love, but a love that like in 'My Last Duchess' objectifies the woman. Also the women in the two poems are seen as less important as in 'Porphyria's Lover' which represents the woman as the most important thing in the world. Therefore Browning poems are more sinister and different to Marvell which is more like Donne as their poems are more comic and lustful."

  • Compare Shakespeare's sonnets 18 and CXXX.

    "Which brings up a theme: irony. Both poems give us an unexpected conclusion, one that proves ironical in both cases. In both cases, of course, the poet maintains his love, which is the strongest element, not nature. And this is the strangeness of the poems. We generally think of the power of nature to overrule all. There is a theme of "unchanging love." But you might consider instead a theme closer to "all important love." Neither of these poems actually says that love will remain permanent. Sonnet 18 tells us that beauty will, and Sonnet 130 shows us that his love is strong even if the woman has flaws. But both poems demonstrate the sheer dominating power of love, a power even over Nature. And this is powerful indeed."

  • Compare and contrast "The Rendezvous" by Stanley J. Thomas, "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell and "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" by William Shakespeare.

    "In conclusion the theme of love is displayed in The Rendezvous, Shall I compare thee to a summer's day and to his coy mistress because they are showing how much they care for their women. They are all similar because they all use nature; they all have lust and beauty. They are different because in Rendezvous it is about romantic love, to his coy mistress is about lust and shall I compare thee to a summer's day is about beauty and romance. In my opinion shall I compare thee to a summer's day has the most realistic view of love because William Shakespeare uses nature which is romantic; he also has a good view of women. ISHTIAQ AHMED"

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