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How have the poets I have studied explored the different aspects of love?

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How have the poets I have studied explored the different aspects of love? By Jamie Featherstone 10D The metaphysical poems of pre 1914 explored the whole experience of humans, which included love, politics, and how society was e.g. in this era premarital relations were forbidden by the church, romance and mans lust towards women. The poets used romance to represent other deeper issues in a symbolic way, like in "To His Coy Mistress" or "The Flea" where the poets use syllogistic arguments, which are usually used in politics, and in these poems show what society then was like. A lot of metaphysical poems usually contained accounts of how a woman has lost her virginity before marriage which at that time was considered a taboo subject as the women would have been ostracised because the church believed that women should only ever have sex with their husbands. The poems I will talk about are "The Flea" by John Donne (1572-1631), "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell (1621-78), "The Sick Rose" by William Blake (1757-1827), "The Ruined Maid" by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) and "Upon Julia's Clothes" by Robert Herrick (1591-1674). The different aspects of love I will explore may include: Physical aspects of love and sex; the spiritual dimension of love, a distinction between love and courtly praise; lasting love; jealousy and possessiveness ...read more.


In "The Sick Rose" there are warnings about the consequences of lust. This poem is the opposite of the flea where the man is telling the woman that to lose her virginity is good. Here Blake warns us that it isn't a good thing: "In the howling storm," This quote warns that intercourse may be rough and terrible just to put off women from it. The rest of the poem warns us that if you do do it then you could contract V.D a sexually transmitted disease that then could kill fast. It also warns people that your life could also be ruined socially due to the church's beliefs at the time of sex before marriage being bad. So it warns women that to have sex with someone who isn't your husband is not a good idea for you and that being ruined is a bad thing unlike the ruined maid in which it tells us that in fact it is good. This poem shows the problems with sex before marriage. In "To his coy mistress" Marvell shows us a man who is trying to rush a woman he is courting into having sex with him. The man is annoyed with her hesitancy: "This coyness, lady were no crime" This shows the man feels that the woman's coyness is annoying and that if ...read more.


The syllogistic argument is a more convincing form of persuasion. The man does not obviously love her as he lies to her a lot: "A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead" He is saying to her that by sleeping with him it isn't a sin nor is it shameful. He goes against the church by saying this. She shuts him down by killing the flea, which is very significant. The flea is an extended metaphor for sex. So she, by doing this is telling him no. She obviously doesn't fall for his lies. He then tries to exploit her guilt of killing the flea as he sees it as the only way for sex. He turns his argument about the flea around. At first he describes the flea as the lowest of the low, then he tries to make her feel guilty by saying it was a poor helpless creature: "Purpled thy nail, in blood of innocence?" This shows he is trying to make her feel guilty by saying the flea was innocent. It is also ironic with the "blood of innocence" which I would have thought in this poem would have been the opposite as blood from sex which it refers to is far from innocent. In "The Ruined Maid" we find a poem which is yet again about sex before marriage. It suggests that having sex before marriage could be very beneficial to a woman. ...read more.

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