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Explore the theme of time in pre 1914 love poetry Love poetry has been evolving for centuries by poets exploring every detail of love and expressing it in their own ways. Love poetry is a way for a poet to reveal his feelings on a more personal level to explore the concept and meanings of love. Renaissance poets expressed their poetry in Sonnets, the most famous of which are by Shakespeare, who compared his love to a summer's day in Sonnet 18. Edmund Spenser was another Renaissance poet, who wrote a cycle of Sonnets called Amoretti which expressed his love for a lady. The narrators of Sonnet 18 and Amoretti 75 both believe that love can defeat the passing of time through the 'lines' of their poetry, as long as their poetry is being read, their love shall 'live' and be 'eternal'. However, the narrators of To his Coy Mistress and Sonnets to Delia use a more realistic approach to scare their lovers with the thought of growing old and dying. Their poetry has a more physical approach to love as they believe that time will conquer their devotion and they will die with the passing of time. ...read more.


However, he subtly accentuates the attention towards himself by using iambic pentameter, putting 'I' in a main beat and 'thee' in the weaker beat between showing that the couple are more apart from each other than together. In contrast, Spenser refers to the two lovers as 'our' in Amoretti 75 showing that they are more equally in love and that his poem is not a selfish piece of writing about himself and his writing, but it shows that his lover means just as much to him as his writing. Another way in which he shows the equality between the lovers is by letting his lover respond and each of them have separate monologues in the poem, whereas Shakespeare refers to the lover as an object using 'I' and 'thee' separately. Sonnet 18, as well as being a way of flattering his muse, concerns the stability of love and immortality. Shakespeare believes that even 'death' could not consume his love as his poetry shall save them. 'In the final couplet he accentuates this and pushes the importance of his poetry to a higher level and leaves his original theme behind, his muse.' Therefore, the theme of the poem could be seen as a boastful and an arrogant view of his own poetry. ...read more.


The narrator tells his loved one that unlike the rose being able to come back to life the next spring, her 'blush' will 'fade' and her beauty will not be able to be 'revive' the next spring, so he pressures her to not waste her 'treasure' in 'vain' but instead sleep with him now. Both poems have the same theme and exploration that love should not be wasted with vanity and 'coyness' but spent by the youth while love is still a 'tender bud'. The narrators also use persuasive language to insist to the girl that losing her virginity now is acceptable because if she keeps it 'preserved', she will die a virgin and only death will be able to take her virginity. All four poems have one thing in common, which is the theme of love and time. Each poet has written his poem to show his adoration and want for his lover. All three poets have a different way to portray his feelings, which creates originality of the poem. By comparing their lovers to different objects, 'the half blown rose', and a 'Summer's day', they create a unique mood and tone for each owns poem, whether it be sexual, romantic or melancholy. Love poetry has been evolving for centuries, and as long as love poets are expanding their language and imagination , love poetry shall 'live forever' through love itself. Thebe Ringner ...read more.

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