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Love and marriage in the poems 'How Do I Love Thee' by E.B.Browning, 'My Last Duchess' by R.Browning and 'A Women To Her Lover' by Christina Walsh.

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Coursework on love and marriage The speakers in the poetry studied see marriage in very different ways and their attitudes frequently contrast with the popular attitudes towards relationships of the time period. In this assignment I will be focusing on the main poems 'How Do I Love Thee' by E.B.Browning, 'My Last Duchess' by R.Browning and finally 'A Women To Her Lover' which was written by Christina Walsh one of the poems is a sonnet, one of the poems is a dramatic monologue and the last poem is based in free verses . Each of these poems were all written in the Victorian era, which is quite important because people's attitudes during that era were totally different towards every day life. In this assignment I will be not only analysing many aspects and themes of the three poems with detail but I will explore the language, meaning, form and structure of the poems. In Victorian marriages there always is a typical attitude to be followed. Men in the Victorian era basically rules women's existence women were just specifically used for sex, carrying around babies and making food or entertaining their husbands. Even though women did not like this attitude based towards then they had to obey or they would be terribly punished. If you look at the poem 'My Last Duchess' it is telling a story in a way rather than a poem. ...read more.

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In the poem 'My Last Duchess' I believe that it is basically a story, which tells you about why he killed his wife and how bad of a person he is in my perspective I believe there is one interpretation of this poem because it is more of a story then a poem. In a story there are not as many interpretations as a poem because no story can compare to someone's complex imaginative mind. In all I believe that not all these poems I have chosen has more than one possible interpretation. The language and structure used in the poem 'A Women To Her Lover' can be used communicate the meaning in many ways. For example she says some words and phrases to show how she thinks of him like 'Fool I refuse you! And 'Hand holding hand until we reach the heart of god' The first quote shows how unwanted he is to her and the ways she calls him a fool implies something which can be interpreted in many ways. The second quote tells the reader that she loves him very dearly also you could say that her love for him is divinely meant because she refers to god in that quote. She uses a major use of alliteration to make that quote sound good and effective . The structure of this poem is a free verse, which is very un-common to be written in the Victorian days. ...read more.

Conclusion

You could say this because of the way they write as Elizabeth believes she should love her husband to the depths and so on of life and there should be no need for him to love her back seeing as she never mentions anything about loving equally but Christina believes that she should not only love him but he should return the favour as well. For example Christina says 'Our co-equal love' Meaning one should love etc equally but Elizabeth says in her poem 'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways' See as she only mentions her love for him but there is no mention of 'co-equal love' In whole I believe that Christians views of love differ from Elizabeth's because of the way they are presented in their poems. Also there is an element of religion in both poems 'A Women To Her Lover' and 'How Do I Love Thee' as you can see if you look at both poems you can see both poems refer to god as some divine power when they say 'If God choose' And 'Until we reach the very heart of god' In conclusion I believe there are many links between the three poems and the ideas in a woman to a lover and how do I love thee. These two poems connect very smoothly as you can see I have made some links before. I do find my last duchess appealing but I found that it does not link up that well as the other two poems do. ...read more.

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