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Explore at least two of these Victorian love poems and show how the poet creates meaning through structure, image and language

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Explore at least two of these Victorian love poems and show how the poet creates meaning through structure, image and language "Song" "Song" written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson consists of a simple structure of a quatrain, three couplets and finishes with another quatrain. It has a similar form to a sonnet but does not quite fit the same description. By using this simple structure he shows that his love is not normal but special and has a different form to any other love. It also shows a symmetrical structure, which is illustrating the equal love between him and his lover. There is no rhyming scheme, to again draw attention to the fact that this is not an ordinary sonnet for an ordinary love and there is no obvious pattern. The poem is divided up into images. The first verse makes reference to red and white; "Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white". ...read more.

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The word "glimmer" also suggests that she shines and twinkles and radiates love. "The Earth all Danae to the stars" means that the earth is exposed to the stars. He uses this to compare to her by explaining that her heart is exposed to him "all they heart lies open to me". Using the Earth and the stars as and example he shows the scale of his love and how much of it there is. He is also connecting her with light because she shines and reflects love. In the last of the couplets, Tennyson uses more comparison; with "the silent meteor" leaving "a shining furrow" to his thoughts "as thy thoughts in me". The meteor is a shooting star leaving a ray of light behind it. This connects to her thoughts running through his brain, as he obviously knows her so well, he knows what she is thinking. ...read more.

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This suggests a simple equal balance of her love. There is a lot of repetition of similes in the first verse and she repeats the line "my heart is like" four times to illustrate continuous love. The rhyme scheme, abcbdccc, is simple and straightforward to compare with a simple love and her straightforward feelings. The similes in this poem are very simple so they give over the effect of a simple structure and overall effect. However the language is complex, so this creates a contrast and shows that the emotion love is simple, but the feeling of it is complicated and overwhelming. Imagery is used throughout the poem to create an overall effect. For example the title "A Birthday" is metaphorical, as it is not really her birthday but as she is so overwhelmingly happy about her lover. He is like the best present she could ever receive so it feels as thought it is her birthday. She uses examples of natural thing to illustrate that her love is completely natural and from the heart; "my heart is like an apple tree". ...read more.

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