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I am going to study three love poems. The first one is called "First Love" by John Clare

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How does poet's writing before 1900 use language to write about different types of love? Consider three love poems, two of which must be by the same poet. In this piece of coursework I am going to study three love poems. The first one is called "First Love" by John Clare; this poem is a very simple, sweet poem about a mans first love of his life. The second is called "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning; this poem is about the Duke telling his servant about his last wife, this poem is a poem about obsessive love. The third poem is called "Porphyria's Lover" also by Robert Browning; this poem is about a man being suspicious enough to murder his love with her hair. This poem is a psychotic poem. Throughout this coursework I will be investigating the poem's vocabulary, structure and imagery. Firstly, I am going to explore the poems vocabulary. The vocabulary in "First Love" by John Clare is very simplistic and sweet, much like what you would find in a valentines card. The nouns found in this poem, like 'flower' is just one example of the simplicity that this poem has in it. ...read more.

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Rhetorical questions are also asked because he wants to find out a lot more about love, as it is his first time in being in love. "Are flowers the winters choice? Is loves bed always snow?" are only a few examples of rhetorical questions that are in the poem. Although the sentence structure in "First Love" shows it is simple and na�ve, the sentence structure in "My Last Duchess" shows the obsessive and jealous love given. The dramatic sentences such as "I gave commands" shows the Dukes powerful love. The Duke asks rhetorical questions towards the servant and as the servant has less authority than the Duke, he is not meant to answer the questions. These rhetorical questions show the Duke's irritation about the Duchess. The Duchess is making the Duke have additional thoughts; the thoughts are brought on by the Duke's unhappiness about the Duchess' so called bad behaviour. Whereas the sentence structure in "My Last Duchess" shows the obsessive. Powerful and jealous love, "Porphyria's Lover's" sentence structure shows a psychopathic and menacing love. The exclamations show the psychopathic love he feels towards Porphyria. To show how he watched Porphyria's every move he uses lists. ...read more.

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This alliteration also shows Porphyria's lover's depth of passion towards Porphyria. There is more imagery in this dramatic monologue than in "My Last Duchess" as Porphyria's lover is describing how his love leads to him killing Porphyria, instead of a Duke having a conversation with his servant about his late wife in speech. Throughout this coursework I have investigated the poem's vocabulary, structure and imagery. The vocabulary in "First Love" is very simplistic and sweet, whereas the vocabulary in "My Last Duchess" is a lot more obsessive and in "Porphyria's lover" the vocabulary is possessive. The sentence structure in "First Love" is very short and simple but in "My Last Duchess" the structure shows the obsessive and jealous love given. Whereas in "Porphyria's Lover" the sentence structure shows a psychopathic and menacing love. The imagery in "First Love" is saying simple and innocent love but in "Porphyria's Lover the imagery is saying paranoid and psychopathic love. There is not much imagery to comment on in "My Last Duchess". I prefer "Porphyria's Lover" to "First Love" and "My Last Duchess" because it is possessive and enjoyable because it has lots of use of imagery which makes it interesting to read though and investigate. English Coursework Suzzie Taylor 01/05/2007 ...read more.

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