• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"First Love" by John Clare was written in the 19th century

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How do different poets convey the idea of Love? "First Love" by John Clare was written in the 19th century. It is a poem about how the poet had fallen in love but it turned out it was unrequited. Whereas "Song" by W.H.Auden written in the 20th century, is a poem about how someone has been in love but then lost them to death. They are both quite similar in the fact that they are both about loving someone but not being able to have them. However they are different because "Song" is about two people having been in love and then losing it, rather than "First Love" in which the love is unrequited, and not being fulfilled. In the poem "First Love" by John Clare the poet writes about what seems to be a very overwhelming feeling. The poem is written in three stanzas and in each one the feelings develop. It has a rhyme structure of AB,AB, CD, CD etc. The first stanza has eight syllables in each line and the other two have a pattern of 8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6. I think it may be written like this because in the first stanza the feeling are simpler and then they get more complex as the poem progresses- like the syllable patterns. ...read more.

Middle

I think that he is thinking about why he puts up with all the pain he has suffered because of love, and that is her. He then talks about how he has lost his heart for good. "My heart has left its dwelling place And can return no more." He is again emphasising what he said in stanza one- about her stealing his heart. He is saying that his heart belongs to her, because he loves her so much. And also that his heart will never return, because he will never stop loving her. I think that John Clare wrote the way he did about love, because he wanted to open his heart, and give a true account of what love really feels like. The mood of the poem is quite sad and I feel very sorry for the poet and how he is feeling. I think that the poem may be based on Clare's own experiences of Love, as he was unable to be with the woman that he loved. This is similar to the feelings of the writer of "Song" - W.H.Auden as he is describing in his poem about the loss of his true love through death, so both poems evoke the same feelings out of the reader. ...read more.

Conclusion

They also both rhyme. The main similarities of the two poems, "First Love" and "Song" is that they are both written about Love and how they can't have it with who they want. In "First Love" the poet tells about the girl he has seen and fallen in love with, but it can not be fulfilled. Similarly in "Song" the poet writes about the man he loved but can't have because he died. They are both quite sad poems. The main differences are the love in "Song" can't occur because someone has died, whereas in "First Love" both people are alive it is just either one sided love, or not allowed. From looking into John Clare's history I found out that he was not allowed to marry the girl he loved, because she was a better class that him. Also "Song" concentrates very much on the bad bits, whereas "First Love" reflects on some of the good feelings the poet has had because of love. Personally I preferred "Song" by W.H.Auden because it felt more meaningful. Although I did like "First Love" it didn't touch me as much. I think I learnt a lot from both poems, it taught me that love can be very painful and everyone suffers because of it at some time in their life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Helen Thomas 10x English Coursework ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. First Love' and 'How Do I Love Thee?' are both very personal experiences as ...

    'Hang it with vair and purple dyes' In the second octave, Rossetti begins to bring about a sense of royalty, richness and grandness into her poem. As God is also regarded as a very high Being, she could be using such imagery to try and portray His greatness.

  2. Pre 20th century love poetry

    Then in the final verse he concludes by saying that if the lady likes the bribes that he has to offer, she should live with him and share a life of love 'If these delights my mind may move Then live with me and be my love'.

  1. Essay on Much Ado About Nothing

    He is ending the argument Beatrice started and defending himself whilst ending the argument. Nevertheless Beatrice carries on the argument, even though he is trying to stop it. So Benedick is a gentleman; he ignores some of the things Beatrice says to him but then he stops the arguing.

  2. Compare "The Beggar Woman" was written in the 19th century whereas the poem "Our ...

    a lesson about responsibility because the poem shows the man that he must take consequences as well. "The Beggar Woman" is laid out as a rhyming narrative with a play on words involved in the poem. In the poem it gives the idea that men in the seventeenth century took

  1. Pre 19th century poetry essay

    The poet goes on to explain how she feels that love has no physical boundaries and that nothing can measure her love, "depth...breadth...height", the use of tripling further adds emphasis to her immeasurable love. The poet also believes that she cannot see love but only feel it, "feeling out of sight".

  2. Compare the different ways in which the poets of Remember, When We Two Parted ...

    Men were the bosses. This again underlines the 19th century context of the poem For the third time, she now repeats "only remember me; you understand." This seems to be a genuine and earnest plea. The language is simple which makes it seem like the line is devoid of pretence.

  1. An analysis of a passage of verse or prose written between 1590-1700, explaining the ...

    However she was also lucky in a way were, she had no husband she had money and so was luckier than many at the time. When she was alive she had four servants a parrot, a dog and a "Dresden clock" these also suggest wealth.

  2. The poem first love is written by John Clare. The thoughts here come across ...

    Clare then continues to tell us one single look from his love makes his ?life and all seemed turned to clay? here we see life for Clare is so captivated by the women?s beauty that life becomes meaningless when she looks at him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work