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How do poets from the pre 1914 poetry present their ideas about love and relationships?

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How do poets from the pre 1914 poetry present their ideas about love and relationships? The poems I have chosen to write about are 'They flee from me' by Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542), 'The unequal fetters' by Anne finch (1661-1720) and 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678). I chose these poems because I found them attention-grabbing and remarkable as they all are based around the same topic of love and pretence. Also I liked these poems because of the fact that they have a message that is still true even in today's world. Wyatt wrote this poem as an epigram of what court life would be like and what would come along with it. 'They flee from me' is a poem of love and what Thomas Wyatt's attitudes are of love and hat it can do to you. The main theme of this poem is that women did just about anything to be with Thomas but eventually in hardly a long time they fled from him as the title suggests 'They flee from me'. However an important theme is the uncertainty of life in the court of a cruel, fickle tyrant like Henry VIII. ...read more.

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Wyatt describes the woman throughout the second verse, 'in special'. In this verse he is being nostalgic, he looks back on the past about the relationships he once had as a young man. As she kissed him he fell in love with her immediately, 'Therewithal sweetly did me kiss'. In verse three, Wyatt is writing a complaint about 'newfangleness' of infidelity. This was because he was so nice and cared for this woman, and in return she goes away and moves on to the next man that she finds attractive. In this last verse, Thomas says that he hopes the woman gets what she receives. The structure of this poem is it has three stanzas which all represent the three tenses; past, present and future. There are seven lines in each verse which all link the message onto the next poem's message. He talks equally of each tense in verse. In the whole poem there are twenty one lines in total and there are many significant rhymes. The rhymes begin with every other line rhyming then it changes to every two lines rhyming. For example, 'seek', 'chamber', 'meek', 'remember' and, 'fall', 'small', 'kiss' and 'this'. This poem can relate to modern day life because this till happens but only with men and with women. ...read more.

Conclusion

But for men, they 'still are begging love again'. Men become begging slaves, 'larger slaves of Hymen'. As if they're like dogs on a chain; like dogs of desire, 'At the full length of their chain'. Men continue to be 'begging for love again' with other women. In the whole poem there are four different separate stanzas. Each stanza talks of the difference between men and women when it comes to love. There are five lines in each stanza and four lines in each verse rhyme with each other. My final poem I have chosen is 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell. The poet emphasizes time and that we should make the most of it whilst we are still young and have our beauty. This is the main theme of the poem. Verse one is about how there is not enough time in the world. Andrew says that her coyness is wrong and she should be alive and make the most of her time. The whole message of the first verse is that his girlfriend deserves o be treated well and rightly and that she should also decide on how she treats herself. He uses geographical words like 'Indian Ganges' and 'Humber'. The poet deliberately uses hyperbole and over exaggerates to get his point across to his girlfriend. ...read more.

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