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First Love by John Clare, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barret Browning, A Birthday and Remember both by Christina Rossetti, When We Two Parted by Lord Byron and Villegiature by Edith Nesbit.

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Pre-1914 Century Poetry Coursework In this piece of coursework I will be comparing love songs from six different poems by different authors. I will do 'First Love' by John Clare, 'How Do I Love Thee?' by Elizabeth Barret Browning, 'A Birthday' and 'Remember' both by Christina Rossetti, 'When We Two Parted' by Lord Byron and 'Villegiature' by Edith Nesbit. All these poems that I am going to be comparing are all written before the 20th century, in the early 1700's and 1800's era. Love is a strange but a wonderful and powerful emotion. There are many different types of love, such as the love between parent and child, close friends, and the love between husband and wife. Throughout history, love has been expressed in many different ways. The primary way that it has been recorded is through the expression of poetry. For centuries, many people have used poetry, as you will find in the book of Psalms from the Bible. David speaks of his love for God in songs and poetry. Love poetry will never cease as love is a constant feeling people have every day of their life, and no matter how long the world is around, love poetry will still be in existence. ...read more.

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Like all songs they can be positive like love of happiness or negative for death. The tone of each poem has its own thing there was a first time love and so the lover would have been sensitive, there was a confused love leading to confusion later on in life, there was lost love which most likely can not get back. In the poem "How do I love thee?" it starts of with a confused love but then at the end it promises that they love will be everlasting. In the poem " When we two parted" is a sad poem throughout and at the end if he was to ever meet his lover again it would be in silence and tears. In some of the songs like "Villegiature" which means in French holiday it was about the author having to move to France when she was younger and how she had disliked living there. Most of the songs it is about the person who is hurt in love, experiencing a new love and talking about they present love at the moment. The way of love addressed does show a sign of portrayal love. I reckon in that some of the songs the poet are the people who are the narrator as well who have been experiencing love. ...read more.

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This poem has an irregular rhyme scheme; it is persuasive uses a lot of questions which can be answered, statements and exclamations. There is a repetition if 'I lo0ve thee' to help persuade the reader to carry on reading. The last line tries to say that the ability to love can never end. 'With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! And if God choose,' here she loves him with her life, 'I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise' here if anything goes wrong she will still love him. There is a strong element of religion in the poem mentioning "God" and "Grace". The poet uses comparison in order to express the quantity and quality of love their both process. "In my old griefs and with my childhood's faith" here this means that their love is unquestionable. For me all the songs were good but the one that I liked the most would of have to been the "Remember" by Christina Rossetti because of how the poet had written out the song, he is saying you have broken my heart and you can never enjoy my company any more and if you ever want to associate with me remember the times we had, and that if you were to remember me you should be sad of the loss. ...read more.

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