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GCSE English Coursework (Love Poems)

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GCSE Coursework Assignment Love Poetry. Love is a common stereotypical subject for poets, which has been used for many centuries. The poems we have been studying contain a collection of emotions all based around the theme of 'love'. John Clare used the impact of your 'First Love' to create the impression of the effect being deathly ill. He creates images such as, "Are flowers the winters choice? Is loves bed always snow?" This shows me that although he really loves her, he can't have her and he is thinking that flowers don't stay forever when it turns winter and she doesn't love him. Also he says things like "My legs refused to walk away". This shows me that he is so astonished of what he is seeing, he can't look away and she is so beautiful he thinks he could have her. In comparison to this John Clare also states that, "My face turned pale as deadly pale". Which also suggests that John Clare's first experience of his 'First Love' being some sort of illness. John Clare also creates the feeling of your true love being forever blossomed as he says things like: "Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower". Suggesting to us that the poet clearly states he loves her as he compares her to a flower and the symbolisms behind flowers are usually passion and romance. ...read more.

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'Porphyrias Lover' is linked to 'My Last Duchess'; they are both written by Robert Browning and he connects them by his use of possessive words such as 'Mine' and 'I'. He sets off the scene of a really bad, stormy night, which "Vexes the lake" which brings the poem to life as it makes the wind seem alive with anger, but this sets off questions in my head saying, why would Porphyria want to travel through stormy weather just to see an arrogant man? There is also the 'Gliding' entrance of Porphyria as the atmosphere changes from a gloomy, dark cottage to a warming feeling as she relights the fire and performs an erotic display of taking her wet, outer clothing off. The writer's use of the words 'Withdrew' and 'Let fall' made the scene sound like a sexual tease. Porphyria comes up to the writer in this poem and offers him her bare shoulder; He tells us that he does not speak to her. Instead, he says, she begins to tell him how she has come over to him in really bad weather just to be with him. He realizes that she 'Worships' him and wants to preserve the moment forever so he strangles her, thinking that doing this she can stay with him forever and never leave him, but in doing this it makes me shudder as he says, "I warily oped her lids again, laughed the blue eyes without a stain." ...read more.

Conclusion

When he says, "She ranked my gift of a nine-hundred years old name, with anybody's gift." This shows me that he is saying a nine-hundred year old title of the duchess made her think that she is very lucky and he is amazing, but when the duke sees her receiving cherries from a man of a lower class she had the same expression as she was: "Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er, she looked on, and her looks went everywhere." As he thought that she was cheating on him and she loved every man that gave her a present but in actual fact she was being nice to everyone, even to those of a lower class to her. In this poem the duke is a boaster, he likes to drop famous names of people into the subject to make him sound really important, like when he says, "Fra Pandolf" by design, for never read, strangers like you. As he drops a famous artists name into the conversation, he also shows yet another strong arrogant word as he says 'You' like being something not worthwhile to speak to, or something that has come off the street as he speaks to this servant like a piece of dirt. After reading these poems, I have looked at the different qualities of 'Love' and how it can effect people and their actions and how there is a fine line between love and hate, and in love, hate is just as strong. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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