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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?"

    • Word count: 1509
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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".

    • Word count: 1245
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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.

    • Word count: 1434
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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.

    • Word count: 1519
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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.

    • Word count: 1758
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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

    • Word count: 1008
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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.

    • Word count: 1938
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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,

    • Word count: 1974
  12. 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.

    • Word count: 1119
  13. 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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  14. 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.

    • Word count: 1862
  15. 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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  16. 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.

    • Word count: 1814
  17. Analysis of 'A woman to her lover' by Christina Walsh

    The title contains multiple connotations that lead the reader to the preconception of patriarchy. 'A Woman to Her Lover,' immediately suggests that this woman is almost a subordinate possession to her 'Lover' this is because it incites a sense of belonging by the use of the words 'to her': 'her' is a personal pronoun and 'to' is a preposition, when these two are tied together they tend to portray the 'owner' of an object. Also despite this debasing judgement of the 'woman' the usage of the word 'Lover' implies that's she still loves the man.

    • Word count: 1469
  18. Sonnet CXXX by William Shakespeare and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell compared.

    In this poem Shakespeare deals with the theme of love for example Shakespeare uses juxtaposition to show those traditional sonnets are unrealistic. Juxtaposition is also used to give a sense of reality instead of "golden threads" Shakespeare uses "Black wires" this effect is used to give the real image as well as shock the reader. The sonnet also follows Iambic Pentameter so people can read and build up an argument. Shakespeare's poetic devices are cleverly used like negative description "Coral is far more red than her lips red" this negative description shows traditional poems would hail the beauty of a women.

    • Word count: 1157
  19. How Do I love Thee written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Remember written by Christina Rossetti are both famously Victorian written sonnets.

    Christina Rossetti lived a similar life to Elizabeth browning she was an English poet who was born in London on December 5th 1830. Her father Gabriele Rossetti was an Italian poet. Christina was also educated at home by her mother. She began writing at the age of 7 but she was 31 before her first work was published. Rossetti was 14 when she suffered nervous break down which was followed by bouts of depression and related illness. In 1893 Rossetti developed cancer and graves disease then died the following year due to cancer on December 29th 1894.

    • Word count: 1145
  20. pre 1914 poetry

    William Wordsworth 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' is a poem about London in a positive way. Like the bold opening statement, 'Earth has not anything to show more fair' which means that Wordsworth thinks that London is the best place on earth. He makes the city seem like it wears the beauty of morning by saying 'this city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent and bare. When he mentions 'Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep' he tries to tell us that he has never felt so calm in any other places compared to London.

    • Word count: 1507
  21. La Belle Dame Sans Merci Analysis

    Could this voice describing the first two stanzas have made the subject realise that if the world was once great, then why can't it be great again? Or could the ending harvest signify the end of the knight's life and happiness? Stanzas 3 - 6 Stanza three opens with the 1st person, the poetic voice is now the knight himself. He 'sees a lily on thy brow', lilies are associated with death and this is what he foresees on 'his brow'.

    • Word count: 1958
  22. Romantic Poets - How did the social upheaval of the french revolution influence the beliefs of the romantic poets?

    As a result in 1789, the French stormed the Bastille to release political prisoners, this attracted more strong support and was seen as the 'first move' towards self-government. However, as a result there was violence, extremism and bloodshed as the aristocracy was massacred. Although, the threat of the aristocracy was gone, the initial hope led to despair as Napoleon, with the military power behind him, elected himself Emperor and Dictator. Therefore, society was back to stage one being dictated to once more, ironically society was in a 'Pandora's box' predicament.

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  23. Pre-20th Century Sonnets - Comparative Analysis

    Shakespeare refers love to the "marriage of true minds" which is in reference to the bible passage from Matthew 19:6 normally heard at wedding proceedings - "what thus God hath joined together, let not man separate". Furthermore, the speaker is saying that love essentially is steadfast and cannot be destroyed by inconsistent time. In addition, techniques of repetition appear frequently in the first quatrain: "Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove:" Here, the repeated words are trying to reinforce the points the speaker is trying to make which interprets that

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  24. Free essay

    Compaere and contast how love is represented

    This shows that the father would be willing to pay a lot of money (land) to have a grandson. Birth out of marriage was considered wrong; 'The neighbors call you good and pure, Call me an outcast thing'. Society saw Kate as a good person and a good marriage that they accepted into the community. Whilst they considered the cottage maiden as an outcast for having a child out of wedlock. They were also perceived to have a duty to marry and obey their husband; in the bible it says St.Paul in Ephesians 5:22: 'Wives, be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.

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  25. Portrayl of Love in Shakespeare's Twelf Night (What You Will)

    Shakespeare conveys Orsino's strong feelings for Olivia through hyperbole (over-exaggeration) saying that he might even die id she does not return his love; "the appetite may sicken and so die". Orsino describes his love for Olivia as an appetite. The opening line, "if music be the food of love, play on" means that this music is what fuels his love for Olivia, and he wants it to be never-ending. This opening speech is written in blank verse, because Orsino is one of the more educated characters in the play and he is conveying thoughts of love.

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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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