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GCSE: Love Poetry

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  1. First Love – Clare

    In the last stanza he contrasts his mood with winter and talks about how he feels changed forever. My Last Duchess - Browning The content of this poem is a dramatic monologue of the Duke speaking to a servant of the Count. In this poem the Duke is describing to the servant how he killed 'My Last Duchess.' "But who passed without much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands as if alive." In it he tries to justify his behaviour by blaming the duchess. He describes her flirtatious character, how she enjoyed flattery and how she was "too easily impressed."

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  2. The Apparition

    Donne then goes on to say this "then shall my ghost come to thy bed" I believe here he has come up with quite a clever idea, when he says ghost this can be taken of one of two ways, either that his actual ghostly presence, if there is such a thing will come and haunt her or the thoughts and feelings and memories they once shared will come flooding back to her. However, the clever part is in that ghosts are supposed to be really frightening things and almost like the worst kind of punishment you can suffer to

    • Word count: 701
  3. How has John Donne treated the theme of love in his poem Lovers Infiniteness?

    The tone of the poem suggests insecurity and- subtly- jealousy and possessiveness: this can be evident through lines such as ?This new love may beget new fears?, ?New love created be, by other men?, ?The ground, thy heart is mine?have it all?. Using a variety of literary devices, Donne puts across the main idea of the poem vividly. Donne compares love to a ?transaction? wherein he expects his lady-love to ?gift? her love to him after he has ?spent? a lot of his ?sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters? to ?purchase? her heart- this is one of the many examples of both metaphor and visual imagery he uses(a clear picture of his efforts is being made).

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  4. How do two poems you have studied explore the differences between men and womens experience of love in the 17th century?

    For example: ?A hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze? He is trying to make his lover see how much he is worth to her, and that if time lasted forever he would stay for her that long. On the other hand the readers know that this is probably not true, because he is using this poem to persuade his lover not to express his love for his mistress. In the second paragraph, Marvell explains what is likely to happen, if she isn?t persuaded.

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  5. "Loves Diet" by John Donne

    He portrays love as a separate human being, in this case a rather obese one. Therefore love has been given a rather negative portrayal at the very beginning of the poem itself using this personification which is the major figure of speech in this stanza and in the poem as a whole. The speaker in stanza 2 changes from the poet to love. In this stanza love takes on the actual role of a separate human being and get almost be regarded as the speakers friend. Love talks about the diet that the poet has enforced on him and his effort in living up to it.

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  6. The poem Go and catch a falling star is written by the humorous poet John Donne

    Donne takes metaphors from myths, the holy bible, and common beliefs to stress his message upon the readers. An archetypal example would be a ?Get a child with a mandrake root.? In this metaphor the author uses the fact the pregnancies cannot occur because of the mandrake root, to compare impossibility with reality. This pessimism is continued with use of metaphors like ?cleft the devils foot? and ?teach me to hear the mermaid?s singing. These metaphors create a sense of impracticability as mermaids, along with the devil are non-physical and forged aspects of stories, myths and interpretations. In the second stanza too, Donne uses numerous figures of speech to depict how he finds women unfaithful.

    • Word count: 893

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