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In this piece of coursework I am going to compare the presentation of love in three pre-twentieth centaury poems. The three poems I am going to look at are 'A Woman to Her Lover', 'Porphyrias Lover' and 'To His Coy Mistress'.

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Pre-twentieth centaury coursework Introduction In this piece of coursework I am going to compare the presentation of love in three pre-twentieth centaury poems. The three poems I am going to look at are 'A Woman to Her Lover', 'Porphyrias Lover' and 'To His Coy Mistress'. I chose these three poems because they where the ones I have the most knowledge of. Main body The poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' is a poem by "Christina Walsh" who is presenting her views on a relationship. The poem is written from a woman's perspective and is presenting her views on how a relationship should be and how she will not become the stereotypical wife that most women are. She is presenting her idea f love which is that you should have an even well balanced relationship and that love is a two way game. 'Porphyrias Lover' is written by a man who is talking about one with his lover, Porphyria. The poem is set in a cottage where it is presumed that Porphyrias lover lives and he is going over the events of the night. ...read more.


In 'A Woman to Her Lover' the attitude towards woman is more modern than the other two in the ay that the woman writing it is against all the old stereotypes of woman who have to stay at home all day looking after the house and children while the man goes out to work. She has a lot more modern morals such as the way she doesn't want to be a slave to her master but wants to have a two way relationship. 'Porphyrias Lover' has a different attitude towards woman. In the poem the woman is definitely the less dominant character of the relationship and is a sort of servant to her master. This shows how in this poem there is defiantly an alder fashioned attitude towards woman. 'To His Coy Mistress' has a very unique attitude towards woman. The man of the poem seems to see woman as sex objects and not as human beings. The woman thinks that she is loved by him but all he really wants is to have sex with her. ...read more.


This is a quote from the poem telling the man that she wants to be more to him tan someone who satisfies his sexual desires. 'Porphyrias Lover' displays a very strong and controlling type of love. The man in the poem is sharing Porphyria with her husband. This makes him jealous because he wants her all to himself. This jealousy leads to violence as he kills her to stop another man seeing her. 'Again laughed the blue eyes without a stain'. This is a quote from just after he has killed her that shows that he thinks that what he has done is an act of love and that he thinks that he has done nothing wrong. This type of love is a harsh contrast to the type of love displayed in 'To His Coy Mistress' which is still slightly controlling but is more lust than love in the mans relationship with the woman. The woman in 'A Woman to Her Lover' is looking for the ideal relationship. She wants her man to love her as she is and doesn't want to feel dependant on him. ...read more.

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