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How have the poets you have studied different aspects of love?

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How have the poets you have studied different aspects of love? Love poetry is an effective and popular way of showing ones emotions without having to go into explanations and detail. There are many different kinds of love poems, each with their own unique styles and structure. The purpose of this essay is to consider how different poets have explored different aspects of love. There are a few main ways in which love is portrayed in the love poems I will talk about. These are praise, unchanging love, jealous and obsessive love, betrayal, romantic love, and just sex. Over the course of this essay, I will be investigating different love poems, and assessing how the poets explore different aspects of love. Firstly, I will compare and contrast 'Porphyria's Lover' with 'My last Duchess'. These two poems are quite similar, in that they both portray love in a bad way. Both are examples of jealous, obsessive love, and not surprisingly both were written by the same author, Robert Browning. "Porphyria's Lover," which was written in 1836, is one of the earliest and most shocking of Browning's dramatic monologues. The narrator in the poem lives in a cottage in the countryside. ...read more.

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This makes him sound quite shallow-minded. He threatens her by saying that worms would take her virginity, and that she would die a virgin. "And your quaint honour turn to dust; And into ashes all my lust. The grave's a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace." In the third stanza, the speaker has lost all hope, and tells her straight that their attraction is going to end one day, so they should do it now. He says that they cannot make the sun stand still, but they can make it run. Marvell leaves the outcome as a mystery, so the reader can make out what the woman's response was to his pleas. Another aspect that poets have explored is the physical effects of first love. This aspect is shown in 'First Love'. In this poem by John Clare, the speaker seems completely taken away by the power of first love. He describes the physical feelings he felt at the time: "My face turned pale as deadly pale, My legs refused to walk away," The poem is principally about the emotions he went through when he met this unnamed woman, or his words of praise about her. ...read more.

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Many different messages are being put across, but some poets express them more effectively than others. In my opinion, Robert Browning has conveyed his idea of jealous and obsessive love very effectively and successfully. In both 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' Browning uses the same gripping style of having the speaker kill his lover due to obsessive love, and try to justify their actions. 'The Flea' by John Donne is also an effective poem because it is a realistic image of man-woman relationships, and he uses a number of interesting similes and metaphors. He shows a bad side to love as it were because of how he writes about a man trying to have sex with a woman against her will. Andrew Marvell also expresses similar emotions and imagery in 'To His Coy Mistress' because there is the same sort of situation in both poems. 'A Woman to her Lover' by Christina Walsh also shows a bad aspect of love in her poem because it talks about how cruel and awful love can be, which is a common theme in many of the other love poems. Imagery, metaphors, similes, alliteration and the structure of the poems have all shown how love can be viewed from different perspectives and portrayed in different ways. Even the old poems are still relevant to modern society because much of what is said in these poems still goes on today. ...read more.

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