• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How is the Theme of Love Variously Treated in the Love Poems you have Studied?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How is the Theme of Love Variously Treated in the Love Poems you have Studied? This essay shall describe and how the theme of love was variously treated throughout the poems that have been studied. Love can take many forms; romantic love is version that is often stereotyped, though it does more or less have a self-explanatory name, it can contain a deep and meaningful emotions and expressions. Love at first is another form of love. This is heavily featured in the poem First Love. This form of emotion is a varying type of feeling. It can often include two people seeing each other and falling in love, or in the case of the person in First love it can contain a person overcome with emotion and affection but with no love being returned. The types of love that have just been described can be labelled as positive love. Another form of love is negative love. This is the opposite of positive love and often has a stronger content and sometimes worse consequences. Negative love is the description of love that is cold and dark, and contains self-centred feelings, where as positive love can describe an emotion of true love, shared and kind feelings that are patient and caring. ...read more.

Middle

Clare is trying to express how every other woman is irrelevant and his mind has only one focus now and that is on the one woman he desires. He is unable to fall in love with anyone else and his heart has been stolen, never to return to him. The overall mood of the poem is deceiving at first it seems positive but then on a second look it has a dark mood lurking in the writing. The poem gives the reader the sense that they can feel the butterflies that some one who has just fallen in love for the first time has to face. John Clare describes his experience in a passionate and explosive way and creates or relives memories. The second poem that was studied is named Porphyrias Lover. It is a dark poem containing obsessive and possessive love about a man whose lover is of a higher stature to him, leaving him to feel envious and jealous of her. He is so enraged and angry because of his lover that his passionate insanity leads him to murder her, so that she can always be by his side. This poem contains many similarities to First Love by John Clare: The way that the male character is unsure whether or not his love is being returned. ...read more.

Conclusion

He assumes that the artist painted it for him, not because he asked for it, and says that the servant is less learned than him. The duke assumes that his wife is having an affair when he says "her husband presence, only a spot of joy!" He is always jealous because she is "too soon made glad." Meaning that she was pleased with everyone so it was hard for the duke to be number one. He lists her odd behaviour because he expects special treatment, though she still treats everyone equal. He is jealous because his gift of 900 year old name is praised only as much as someone else's gift. The duchess was treated like a child always being taught. He says that her lack of praise for him didn't matter, but he still goes on about it. The duchess had no independence. My last duchess shows how one mans greed and pride can overcome the most hideous of sins and create devastating affects. As a conclusion all three poems treated the theme of love differently. From the dark murderer of Porphyria's lover, to the overcome lover in First Love. The many forms of love can be variously treated. My personal favourite was 'My Last Duchess' the true snobbery of an English duke is enough to kill the sweetest female. An excellent poem with meaning and moral. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The poet Robert Browning of 'Porphyria's Lover' and the writer of 'First Love', John ...

    4 star(s)

    The sinister nature of the lover in 'Porphyria's Lover' is further developed. Robert Browning portrays this by allowing the character not to communicate with Porphyria, only to observe her whilst remaining motionless. His observation of her is meticulous and a bit unsettling for the reader.

  2. In this essay I will explore My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, ...

    Instead of being a safe blackness, it is more the absolute absence of light and with that the lack of anything good or pure. In 'Meeting At Night', Browning uses the first stanza as a build up of atmosphere. He stars with long vowels sounds which stretch out the lines

  1. Comparison between 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'

    The repetition of 'mine' in the sentence 'she was mine' indicates how he too is mentally disturbed and now he has killed her he can have her all to himself, like a belonging. This is duplicated in 'First Love' when John Clare (1793 - 1864)

  2. In conclusion, the poems which I have studied describe a range of emotions from ...

    The use of the first person narrative throughout the poem shows that it is a very personal poem and it adds to the overall effect of love and faith throughout the poem. The poem is written in sonnet form - sonnets are poems which consist of 14 lines written in

  1. Love is best! (Love Among the Ruins) Does Browning persuade you that this is ...

    It shows that when she enters the room, it makes him feel better and gets rid of all the cold and emptiness inside. As 'Porphyria's Lover' continues, we notice that the lover seems to be completely oblivious to how she is acting towards him, "murmuring how she loved me--" with a pause for the reader to think.

  2. The two poems I have chosen on the theme of love are 'Porphyria's Lover' ...

    'Porphyria's Lover' was written in 1836 and you can tell this because of the use of the archaic language that has been used, Such as "thus", "soil'd", "vex". This language is very old fashioned and you can tell it's from the early nineteenth century, compared to the words in 'Stop All The Clocks' which is a much more modern poem.

  1. "Romantic love, physical love, unrequited love, obsessive love." Compare the ways the poets have ...

    The poems contains similies and metaphors with strong adjectives used to project the speakers strong desires and tone. For example: "Made my heart swell, and still it grew" Half way through the poem, the tone of the poem changes and gets more serious after the word "But".

  2. Browning said that the theme of these poems was 'the corruption of the human ...

    ('Three times her little throat around'). In My Last Duchess there appears to be a social divide in that the duke feels that the duchess should be grateful for his 'nine hundred year old name'. This implies that she should be grateful to him for marrying her and allowing her to become a duchess (again like Neptune and the bronze).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work