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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".

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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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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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