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. How do the poets convey their attitudes toward love and loss in the poems ' a woman to her lover' 'first love' 'remember' and ' when we two parted'?

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NAME OF CANDIDATE: JOHN RUSH LIM RENDOR TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT: HOW DO THE POETS CONVEY THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS LOVE AND LOSS IN THE POEMS: 'A WOMAN TO HER LOVER' 'FIRST LOVE' 'REMEMBER' AND 'WHEN WE TWO PARTED'? PURPOSE OF TASK: CONVEY THE POETS ATTITUDES TOWARDS LOVE AND LOSS IN THESE POEMS. DATE OF SUBMISSION: 17/ MAY / 2003 STIMULUS MATERIAL: TRACKS/TRACKS 2 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: FIRST DRAFT Q. How do the poets convey their attitudes toward love and loss in the poems ' a woman to her lover' 'first love' 'remember' and ' when we two parted'? The poem ' a woman to her lover' was written by Christina Walsh. The poem starts of with a question, 'do you come to me to bend me to your will?' throughout the poem, the basic atmosphere of loss is evident. Within the first stanza itself there is marital imagery relating to the sense of power and dominance. ' in drudgery and silence', she tries to portray how she is helpless to protest, she begins the poem with this relationship, the dominance of man over woman, 'to make of me a bondslave' in this stanza she is explaining one of the types of relationships between a man and woman. ...read more.


In the third stanza he uses nature imagery, 'are flowers the winter's choice' this is contradictory as flowers don't grow in winter, and winter is a symbol of death, yet he links it to her to try to express the feelings that her beauty had upon him. 'is love's bed always snow' trying to show the cold side of love, and how she seems not to relate to his emotions to her, he asks a rhetorical question and it's conflicting imagery denotes confusion in his own mind. The tone in the end is one of despair; it is just typical infatuation of first love, the poet is trying to say that true love can only be reciprocated, it cannot be one sided, and there is no future for one sided love. Hence there are feelings of doubt and feelings of him being unsure. 'and can return no more' he speaks of how he feels he is in love with her, yet she does not share in it, and he cannot get over her. The whole poem talks about intense love. In the poem 'Remember' there is defiantly talk of pain and love. ...read more.


so he is all bottled up inside, and has no one to talk to, no one to help him release his pain, and even if he did, he had no words to speak , which is showing irony. We see the same images like in the beginning in the lines, 'how should I greet thee?' 'with silence and tears' there is a different meaning in this now, they do not understand each other now, but in the beginning they knew each other so well because over the years she has changed so much. The pain and sadness seems to intensify, 'cold kiss, chill on my brow, knell to my ear', these are all traditional images of rejected love. The poems octave stanza and regular eight lines, show the continuity of his pain. Throughout all these four poems the poets convey all their attitudes towards love and loss by expressing themselves in situations of love with others, of experiencing it and hence showing reactions and feelings that evolve from certain situations. They show that they feel love is a great thing, and for one to really know the true meaning of love, they need to experience loss and pain the be able to value love to its deserved potential. ...read more.

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