• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9

In conclusion, the poems which I have studied describe a range of emotions from extreme love and happiness to extreme sadness and depression.

Extracts from this document...


Explore the theme of love and loss in the poems you have studied, showing how the poets use language and form to express their ideas. Have you ever looked up the word poetry in a dictionary? Poetry is defined as literature in its most intense, most imaginative and most rhythmic forms. For the poet, it can be a way to relieve their stress and just "let go" and for the reader it can be an adventure into the state of mind of the poet. The Romantic Era, during the late 18th and early 19th century, was a period of time in which poets started to express their love and lust for others through poetic forms. This essay will be exploring the way in which poets use language, imagery and form to express their ideas to the reader. Sir Philip Sidney was famous as a poet, a courtier and a soldier and he is still known as a writer of sonnets. He was a very religious man and consequently, religion and faith affected his poetry greatly. One of his famous works is entitled "My True Love Hath My Heart". It is a deeply spiritual poem and it is essentially about the poet's love of God. In this poem, Sidney shows how his love for God is perfect and flawless: "By just exchange, one for the other giv'n. I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss: There never was a bargain better driv'n. His heart in me, keeps me and him in one, My heart in him, his thoughts and senses guides. He loves my heart, for once it was his own: I cherish his, because in me it bides." This is part of the opening verse of the poem and it shows us how fair and just the love is. Unlike love between two humans, love between Sidney and God is equal - for everything given, something is received and this keeps them close to each other forever. ...read more.


He uses Biblical references, for example, when he says, "I would/Love you ten years before the Flood;/And you should, if you please, refuse/Till the conversion of the Jews", he is talking about the story of Noah's Arc and he is basically saying that if you refuse my love it will not matter, because my love for you is eternal and never ending (the Jews will never convert). The character is showing off, but he could also be putting on an act to show her that he is cultured and sophisticated - this could be another attempt to win her heart and to get her to sleep with him. Marvell portrays the characters eternal love for her by using the hyperbole, "My vegetable love should grow/Vaster than empires, and more slow." Again, the character is showing off the fact that he is well educated, by mentioning his knowledge of the Roman Empire which was extremely strong at the time. I think that this imagery is extremely effective because as soon as you read it, you see images of a small seed, which grows slowly and steadily until eventually, it becomes "Vaster than empires." The use of this metaphor shows how his love for her will grow slowly into something immense and complex. He compares his love for her to the greatest Empire and again, he is flattering her and telling her all of the things which she wants to hear from him. Marvell uses all of these different conventions to bring across his message of love and lust throughout the poem; and it is effective because it is continuous throughout the first few stanzas. The second part of the poem talks about what will happen and in this section, the main themes are death, loneliness and old age. I think that in a way, Marvell is trying to make his mistress afraid of the future, afraid of what would happen when she's not beautiful anymore and afraid of how time is passing quickly. ...read more.


The wording of the title of the poem is very effective because it is a question, one to which the reader would like to find the answer of. This will encourage the reader to continue reading the poem and to see what Browning is talking about. Browning uses very descriptive words, such as "passion" and "ideal Grace" cause the reader to "feel" what she is talking about and it enables the reader to actually get an insight into her emotions and feelings. This is a very powerful effect which causes the reader to become engrossed in the poem and to think about what it is like to love some one so much that you are willing to do anything for them. This is my favourite poem out of all of the poems which I mention in this essay for the simple reason that it manages to convey the emotions and feelings of the poet to the reader and this makes the poem more emotive and heartfelt. Love can be, at times, a wonderful and joyous thing, however losing someone after loving them is a tragedy and can result in serious depression and grief. Lord Byron, a poet renowned for his love affairs (with his half-sister as well as many other women) and his experiences of public scandals, wrote a poem entitled, "When We Two Parted". It is said to have been written for Lady Francis Webster, a women who he was deeply in love with. The poem is about how he has lost the one woman who he truly loved and how he is going through a period of depression where he cannot stop thinking about her. He uses two different senses to convey how hurt he feels in different ways. He says, "Paler grew thy cheek and cold,/Colder they kiss" and this shows how she had become cold towards him and how her kisses were less passionate and loving. This shows us that he knew even before the separation that there was something wrong with the relationship, but he just didn't want to admit it because he loved her too much. ...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

    Comparison Of Love Poetry:Remember by Christina Rossetti, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth ...

    4 star(s)

    In Remember and When We Two Parted the lexis is a lot more desolate than in How Do I Love Thee? When We Two Parted is a story of the death of a relationship and so language of death is often used to cement this idea in the reader's head.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    I think that although the 'First Love' and 'When We Two Parted' are different ...

    3 star(s)

    He could not move, yet explains activity evocative of the sudden emotions; he could not talk, yet explains his feelings in words. In 'When We Two Parted', the poet shows that he has his mind made up, and it cannot be changed.

  1. I have been analysing several poems recently they are: When We Two Parted by ...

    Both sets of lovers are silent towards each other. However the man and woman in First Love seem to understand each other. On the other hand in Byron's poem they don't know what each other are thinking and I don't think they would want to know as their thoughts are the opposite of the couple in the other poem.

  2. Compare and Contrast the poems "The Seduction" by Eileen McAuley and "Cousin Kate" by ...

    Both poets have used similar poetic devices. For instance, both poems contain similes and metaphors, although "The Seduction" uses more, (an example from "Cousin Kate" is "wore me like a silken knot" and an example from "The Seduction" is "like a sick, precocious child."); rhetorical questions ("why did a great lord find me out...

  1. Show how the poet uses language to explore the theme of love in the ...

    He is aware that as every second passes them by, 'Time's winged chariot' (death) is getting closer, and as the poet describes, when it hits, "Thy beauty shall no more be found". He is urging his coy mistress to make use of her beauty while she can, as there are

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

    During the poem of 'Love Among the Ruins', we see a lot of very mellow writing from Browning, which gives the poem an extremely calm nature. Browning actually structures the poem in such a way that it flows almost without you thinking about it.

  1. Show How the poet uses language to explore the theme of love in the ...

    I liked the way he believes that in her he can find no fault, "And when she looked, what could I ail? In the second stanza the writer continues to describe his feelings and emotions over this girl and he feels dazed and almost confused by the splendour of this

  2. T.S.Eliot's The Love Song of A. J. Prufrock

    With the use of rhyming also creates the belief that Prufrock is of the upper class, as in the Shakespearan times, the nobility would often talk in rhyme. Hence, not only does this fit in with an image of him formally dressed with his morning coat and necktie, it also

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