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  1. The Seduction and Cousin Kate mpare and contrast the way the writers portray the males and females in both poems.

    He later mutters 'you little slag', because she was drunk and nervous. In this poem there is nothing romantic, because the boy talks about football rather than romance. I know this because in the text it says "He'd told her about football; Sammy Lee and Ian Rush". The way he thinks of her, shows his disrespect. He took her to Birkenhead docks to have an intercourse with her; she drinks alcohol and falls in love with the man. She is not aware of what she is doing. She ends up getting pregnant.

    • Word count: 761
  2. Love Poetry 3 pre 1914 poems Ballad, To his coy mistress & His last duchess

    What he means here is that he loves her so much that, even though it is still light, he is unable to see anything other than her. This is the most innocent of the poems that we read. However, even this poem this full of upset and disappointment. The speaker is physically damaged by the love, is unable to express himself and talks of his heart being stolen. 'Ballad' is an even sadder poem, in which there seems to be no evidence of real love at all.

    • Word count: 1846
  3. Compare the attitudes to love presented in the poems 'To His Coy Mistress', by Andrew Marvell, and 'Porphyria's Lover', by Robert Browning.

    In 'To his Coy Mistress', the main content of the poem is that the writer, who isn't necessarily Marvell, is trying to woe his mistress into sleeping with him. He is telling her that they should stop talking about it, and actually get on with it. In contrast, 'Porphyria's Lover' concentrates on how Porphyria's lover is trying to preserve the moment, as it can't get any better, therefore killing her. As with 'To his Coy...' it is highly unlikely that it is Browning's viewpoint portrayed in the poem.

    • Word count: 1453
  4. First Love' and 'How Do I Love Thee?' are both very personal experiences as they are written in the first person narrative. I believe that the two poets

    In 'First Love', Clare tries to use concrete ideas to express love, as love is a conceptual emotion. One of the examples used in the poem is: "My life and all seemed turned to clay" By expressing the debilitation he feels using such imagery, Clare is successful in capturing a solid emotion caused by the allusive love. Similarly, Browning also compares her abstract love to something that she can visualise: "I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight" As we can see from the above, both poets have tried to portray love by not only describing it as a solid and transfixed object, but also in a manner that connects it with other visual articles.

    • Word count: 4309
  5. Discuss Chaucer's characters: Dorigen & Aurelius

    Chaucers' repetition of "moore and moore" builds up tension in the poem, implying something important is about to be declared. Aurelius tries to manipulate his conversation with Dorigen to where he wants it "unto his purpose drough Aurelius" and this shows him not to be full of gentillesse, like a respectful courtly lover. He then goes onto explaining his love for her, but the way in which he expresses this is done in a very selfish manner. He puts Dorigen, who he is supposedly in love with, in a very difficult and awkward position, as they have been said to be friends "he was hire neighebour" and she is already married.

    • Word count: 1414
  6. "Green Thought" By Jon Stallworthy - Critical Evaluation

    But most of all, teenagers would benefit from the hope the story conveys. It gives hope that in any bad situation we can anticipate and expect good events to follow. Despite being a story of mature love, which may seem to be an unusual subject for younger readers to enjoy, the lesson learned about love in the poem is very relevant. It gives readers the hope and expectations that love can have the power to heal pain. Seen through the eyes of the young poet, it helps the young students to relate to the story through Stallworthy's perceptions of events.

    • Word count: 1249
  7. Compare the language and form used to express lost love in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Keats and 'When We Two Parted' by Byron. Explore a wider selection of poems on this theme and connect and compare them with those of Keats and Byron.

    It is an allegory, perhaps written by the poet after he had been let down by his true love. In both poems a story is told in stages, represented in each stanza. Love is expressed in each poem by a feeling of pain and despair at its loss. The authors use expressive language to portray their pain and anguish, in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' Keats work didn't really focus on religion or ethnic issues, he wrote mainly about sensations and the richness of life. The style of poetry that Byron uses in 'When We Two Parted' suggests that he also preferred to write in a similar way; this is what makes the two poems suitable for comparison.

    • Word count: 2177
  8. How does Bernires create sympathy for Carlo?

    Berni�res certainly causes the audience to realise exactly what Carlo is undergoing, when Carlo feels as though, "There is no air in this world that I am fated to inhabit", which demonstrates that Carlo wants to belong, but believes he will never belong anywhere. Coincidentally, Carlo found Greek writings, written by Aristophanes, who accepted homosexuality, however, as an Italian soldier; Carlo was oppressing the only people who would not persecute him. Berni�res successfully causes pity here as Carlo's only chance of acceptance in life has being shattered by the Italian military controlling Carlo.

    • Word count: 1429
  9. Silver Wedding - Marriage Birth And Death

    "And yet I find I have scant knowledge of youths ebullient song" this further confirms the sense of regret as it shows he feels that his youth was short lived or even lost through taking on the responsibility of marriage too young. The poet's words in stanza 3 emphasize the idea that his marriage dyeing is also affecting his children in a negative way. "David, my son, my loved rival" suggest that he is competing with his son for the love of his wife, the tone also suggests jealousy because his wife pays more attention to his son than him.

    • Word count: 895
  10. First Love' by John Clare, 'Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning,My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell

    She astounded the man with her presence, "My face turned pale as deadly pale, My legs refused to walk away, " He was transfixed by her beauty and lost all his physical will. The simile used to compare the man's complexion is used to show how deeply she affected him so much so that all colour drained from his face. He then began to think about her and lust after her, "Words from my heart did start; They spoke as chords do form the string" He began to think deeply about her, this is implied by the fact that the poet states that the man's thoughts came from the 'heart'.

    • Word count: 3025
  11. Compare "The Beggar Woman" was written in the 19th century whereas the poem "Our Love Now" was written in the 1990's - late 20th century. The first poems structure

    He is pretending to be kind and polite as he is trying to have sex with the lower class woman. "Our Love Now" is interesting as it shows two contrasting attitudes to love. The poem is set out in columns, each containing four stanzas. The poem is written in the first person with the male character being the narrator. The male character reports the woman's words, as she would have said them. "The Beggar Woman" was written in the 17th century by William King.

    • Word count: 1495
  12. Pre 19th century poetry essay

    This makes it very precious and pure and should not be destroyed. First Love is in comparison a very sad and pessimistic look at love. The poem looks at love as being something that destroys a person from within. However the beginning of the poem is much alike to A Birthday. The poem First Love begins by being very vibrant. The title suggests the love as being overwhelming, passionate and painful. The poem opens with the line "I ne'er was struck before that hour" the elision used maintains the rhythm and the use of the word struck shows that love cannot be planned and when it hit's it hit's hard, without allowing the victim to prepare.

    • Word count: 2558
  13. History letter I am now miles away fighting in a cold bitter war against the Germans as a Canadian soldier

    I also joined the army as I gave up on becoming a famous football player due to my height. Another reason I joined was to follow in dad's footsteps, after he died from TB I haven't been the same and always vowed to follow in dad's legacy.

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  14. What have you found interesting about the ways Chaucer satirises the code of Courtly Love in the Miller's Prologue and Tale?

    For example, he speaks words of Courtly Love, but his actions do not match what he says. When speaking to Alison, Nicholas says "Lemman, love me al atones, or I wol dyen" yet he is holding "hire harde by the haunchebones". Therefore I find it interesting that Chaucer is using elements of Courtly Love, in that the words Nicholas says to seduce Alison appear to be courtly, yet Nicholas only cares about having sex with her, which has nothing to do with the code of Courtly Love. Therefore it could be said that Nicholas is mocking the idea of Courtly Love, which in turn suggests that Chaucer is portraying that Courtly Love should not be respected.

    • Word count: 2200
  15. Explore the images and concepts generated in 'Porphyria's Lover'

    The passionate atmosphere and the mood in the fourth stage of the poem contrasts on the lover's disappointed words, still in the cottage the lover describes what he is thinking. Moving on the poem starts to become more interesting, section 5 allows us to see that the lover realises Porphyria really loves him and has no doubts. We also see he is thinking on what action to take, which leads us on to the next part. Possibly the most shocking parts of the poem, the sixth part sees the lover kill Porphyria with her own hair, to preserve her love for him so it will last forever.

    • Word count: 2216
  16. Compare the different ways in which love and loss are presented in at least 3 of the poems you have studied.

    Also, the regular rhyme scheme explains the solidity of this love and echoes the natural speech pattern. Therefore from this very personal approach to the poem, we as readers may think that it is based on a real experience in the Philosophical area. "In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints- I love thee with the breath" Here, she must have loved before, if now she loves with a passion she thought she had lost.

    • Word count: 1304
  17. A01: What do Roman Catholic Christians believe about marriage?

    This special ceremony has signs of Catholic marriage, which is that marriage is: a sacrament, permanent, exclusive and life-giving. Marriage is a sacrament. A sacrament is a great gift of God's presence to us. Through the sacrament of Marriage, Christ in the Church does not simply wish the couple well, but gives them support in their decision. He gives them the reassurance of his abiding grace, to love one another "all the days of their lives". The sacrament assures the couple that all they wish for in terms of mutual understanding, closeness, intimacy, real and lasting happiness is what God wants for them also.

    • Word count: 1035
  18. They are 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell and 'Twickenham Garden' by John Donne. The metaphysical movement reacted against the pastoral poems of the 17th centur

    This also shows that if this happened he could accept it, as time does not apply to him. Also to travel to India would have taken years in the 17th century. Marvell would complain but he could put up with it because time would not need to be considered. This shows that he finds her really rich and important to be able to travel to India and he is left in Hull alone by the river. This is a good way to contrast between the two pictures. In the following three lines he is implying that if he had infinite time they could love each other forever.

    • Word count: 1546
  19. A01: What do Roman Catholic Christians believe about marriage?

    The word covenant goes back to Old Testament times when God made promises to people like Abraham and Moses. "I will be your God and you will be my people." God was faithful to his promise of love even though the Jews often turned away from Him. In the New Testament Jesus' blood shed for us on the cross is described as, 'the blood of the new covenant.' So in marriage the husband and wife promise to be faithful to each other. It is an open-ended 100% commitment to love. In the Roman Catholic Church marriage is seen to be a sacrament.

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  20. How do the Poets Portray the Theme of Love in the Poems you have studied?'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', by John Keats, 'To His Coy Mistress', by Andrew Marvell and finally 'The Beggar Women' by William King.

    'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is different to the Andrew Marvell poem as the poem gets straight to the point. The poem seems top be very reminiscent as the knight is looking back on the time he had with this woman and how she managed to change him, and use him. The knight seems to be very happy on his own as that way his heart will not get broken. 'The Beggar Woman' takes a completely different viewpoint as it seems that the man is nice, kind and gentle whereas the woman is very threatening and not like normal women.

    • Word count: 3807
  21. Compare and contrast the treatment of love and loss in the two poems that you have studied.(Despairing Lover and Funeral Blues)

    Suicide seems like the only way to end his "woes". However, his irrational behaviour only lasts until the cliff edge as his fears force him to think more rationally. Upon reflection of life he realises that he will find a new love "calmly returns to his cottage again". "Funeral Blues" is similar to "The Despairing Lover" in a sense as it addresses love and loss and the devastating effects it can have. However, Auden's loss is expressed in the bitterest terms. Auden's loss is permanent and so his conclusion is "nothing now can ever come to any good".

    • Word count: 1268
  22. Compare and contrast the treatment of love in "Charlotte Dacre's 'Il Trionfo del Amor' and "Byron's Don Juan, canto I, stanza's 90-117".

    This poem consists of sixteen lines and is written in iambic pentameter verse. The first quatrain Mrs. Julie Ward W9630582 TMA 04 Page 2 describes Dacre's feelings of love in an almost resentful tone. This resentful tone is created by the use of certain adjectives. For example, 'swear', 'hateful', 'troubled', 'stubborn' (1.1,2,4) These words encompass the speaker's confusion and resentment towards being made to feel in love. The reader is then aware that this poem is a serious one and that it is describing the inner turmoil of Dacre at that time. In this first quatrain, love is treated as being something to be resisted and resented.

    • Word count: 1462
  23. Looking beyond tomorrow wondering if you'll stayI want you with me forever like I had you today

    Who listened all those times, when you were feeling low? Who sat beside you in rough times and helped you where to go? Who cried when you cried, and helped away the tears? Who tried to stay next to you, and help you with your fears? Did you forget that I gave you my heart? After you left, my whole world came apart. Did you forget, all those nights we had? And all those times you said you loved me, now it makes me sad.

    • Word count: 1272
  24. Explore the various and surprising ways in which Browning deals with the theme of love in the poems "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover"

    The main character and protagonist of 'My Last Duchess', is the Duke. We can learn a lot about the Duke from the way he speaks for instance we learn that he is a very cold, detached and possessive person, which can be seen throughout 'My Last Duchess' for example "The bough of cherries some officious fool broke in the orchard for her." This illustrates how an admirer of the Duchess gives gifts to her, and shows how cold and detached he is by calling the man an "officious fool." In addition, it also shows how possessive he is, as he finds anyone providing gifts for his Duchess below himself.

    • Word count: 1933
  25. A Woman to Her Lover' is about a woman who is expressing her feelings in the way the way she, as well as other women, shouldn't be treated. In stanza one she portrays how she doesn't want to be treated

    In stanza one she portrays how she doesn't want to be treated and not defeated by a man. She states "Conquerer to the vanquished". This shows a comparison to 'The Flea' where it says "And this, our marriage bed" shows how they both want control over their woman. 'A Woman to Her Lover' suggests he wants a bond slave where as in 'The Flea' it suggests from the talking of marriage beds that he just wants to have sex with the woman he supposedly loves.

    • Word count: 778

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