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In this essay I will explore My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Meeting At Night and Porphyrias Lover.

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Introduction

Choose any three poems from the love section which describe or explore different types of love or relationships. Examine those differences and the techniques/devices the poets use to present them. In this essay I will explore 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose', 'Meeting At Night' and 'Porphyria's Lover'. In 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose' Burns uses a variety of devices to create imagery of a perfect and timeless love. He uses a simile in the first stanza, 'My love is like the melodie That's sweetly played in tune.' Playing on the fact that music is tied closely to our emotions, and that a beautiful melody bypasses the mind and travels straight to the heart, Burns links this feeling to love. The rhythm of the poem is upbeat and bouncy, full of energy making his message come across clear and strong, like his love. The rhythm of 'Meeting At Night' is also upbeat but it represents gathering anticipation like a quickening heartbeat instead of a steady but bouncy rhythm. It increases in tempo instead of staying continuously up-tempo. Burns uses the senses in 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose' to capture feelings in the words. ...read more.

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This is representative of the type of love used in 'Meeting At Night' because it is an exciting but secretive love. 'In fiery ringlets from their sleep' This describes the waves, but is also a symbolism of love and its many obstacles. The significance after this line is that the lover makes the shore and therefore overcomes the impediments in the way of love. All through the poem, Browning plays heavily on the senses to draw the reader in and make empathy easier. He uses sounds to make the poem realistic and to tie it to our emotions, allowing us to draw links between the sound and the lovers. 'A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch' This line uses two completely different onomatopoeic sounds, the tap being tentative and secretive, as is the love, and the scratch being more urgent as the love and poem are brought to the climax. 'A voice less loud.... Two hearts beating' The use of a voice less loud, gives the picture of intimate lovers whispering and murmurings as they finally meets and the hearts symbolise their love being joined together and their merging into one. ...read more.

Conclusion

To make it perfect in his eyes she would die for him, and so he kills her, tying her to him forever. He doesn't need her to speak, just needs to have her there because she keeps him in an emotionally stable state; this is part of true love. However, by killing her so she cannot leave him, the image of true love is distorted. Unlike 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose' where the love will always return because it is eternal. 'Porphyria's Lover' is eternal in death but not in joy as in 'My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose'. 'Meeting At Night' is also completely dissimilar in its love to 'Porphyria's Lover' because their love is mutually intense instead of being obsessive on one side. Many similar techniques are used in the three poems, but they are used so differently that their meanings change completely. I prefer 'Porphyria's Lover' because the sinister love appeals more than the traditional; it is more intriguing how Browning gets in to the mind of a psychotic and transfers feelings to words. The others poems are too conventional and Browning does a good job of showing the different darker side of the fairytale concept of love. ...read more.

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