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How do poets discuss love and attraction throughout literary history?

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How do poets discuss love and attraction throughout literary history? Throughout literary history poets have presented love and attraction in a variety of ways. For example one such form that love is traditionally associated with, is the sonnet. Shakespeare is an example who uses the sonnet form often, one such sonnet is Sonnet 130. Another more untraditional form is through a political statement that Christina Walsh decides to use in A Woman to Her Lover, or the powerful imagery presented as feelings in Robert Browning's The Laboratory. A woman to her lover is a poem that voices out the change in attitude of many women in the nineteenth century, that women should be treated as equals to men. ...read more.

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The tone which is instilled throughout a poem reflects the writer's attitude and thoughts. The tone set in A woman to her lover is one of defiance. This would seem incredibly odd at the time as woman were supposed to be obedient to their husbands. This tone once again seems to be similar with Sonnet 130 as they both talk about loving a woman for what she truly is, rather than viewing her as an object. The laboratory has a menacing and bitter tone of jealousy which lasts throughout the poem. Imagery is a very important part in the way a poem's them is portrayed to us. ...read more.

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Although at first glance it seems as if he is not pleased with his mistresses' appearance, he is alluding to the fact that he loves her for what she is. A woman to her lover has no rhyme and is therefore a free verse poem. However Sonnet 130 is written in iambic pentameter and has a rhyme scheme of ABAB. The laboratory has a rhyme scheme of AABB. Overall I think that poets throughout literary history use imagery to highly emphasise the theme of love, whether it be conditional or unconditional. The imagery and tone also make the poems a lot easier to understand as they give you a mental image of what's going on. While all the poems have their similarities and differences they all have the same basic theme of love and attraction present. ...read more.

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