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Poetry coursework We have been studying love poems, each with their own, unique meaning. The six poems that I will be analysing are: 'First Love' by John Clare, 'How Do I Love Thee? By Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti, 'A Woman to Her Lover' by Christina Walsh. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by John Keats. 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell. Each poem gives a different point of view of love. E.g. "First Love" is about a man who has fallen in love for the first time, he shares his emotions and feeling with us. "How Do I Love Thee" is a direct poem to her lover showing how strong and measureless her love is by using non-objective things to compare her love. I will be analysing: the subject and tone of the poem, the form and structure, imagery, the rhyme and rhythm and other language patterns including alliteration, rhetorical devices and repetition. These will help me to explain the point of views. The poem "How Do I Love Thee?" By Elizabeth Barrett Browning shows us unconditional love, which is measureless. The quote 'I love thee to the depth and breadth and height' shows us how deep and meaningful his love is to her. ...read more.


The poet uses metaphors like "stole" "my life seemed to turn to clay" "words from my eyes did start." It uses similes like "My face turned pale as deadly pale" "They spoke as chords do from a string." The poet's choice of words creates an emotional tone it gives us a sense of love, happiness and joy. These feelings are triggered by words like "love" "so sudden and so sweet" "flower" "heart." In the poem, it only uses sight; this is used to evoke a feeling of love. The poem "How Do I love Thee" has a lot of main images; some are things like, the sun or candlelight. These images create a warm, cosy feeling. The poet's choice of words conjures up a warm, secure, comfortable feeling, the words that take part in these feelings are words like "sun", "candlelight", "freely", "purely", "passion". This creates nothing other than a happy, most admirable tone. The senses used in this poem are sight and touch, they evoke a protective feeling. The poem 'A birthday' has a lot of main imagery e.g. "my heart is like a singing bird" or "my heart is like an apple tree." The poem doesn't use any metaphors, but uses a lot of similes like "my heart is like a singing bird" my heart is like an apple tree" "my heart is like a rainbow shell." ...read more.


All the poems, except 'A Birthday' and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' have different rhyme schemes. Most of the poems do not have equal language patterns such as alliteration, assonance, repetition etc. Most of the poems don't have the same structure or the same tone. In the poem 'first love' the poet has expressed his love for this woman using passionate words like "so sudden" "so sweet" "sweet flower." This gives us a strong idea of how much the poet loves her. In the poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' the poet uses words shows the opposite of love e.g. refuse, vanquished, pity. But the poet does use words for love e.g. passion, joy, husband, co-equal love. The devices used by each poet have their own effectiveness, for example, "First Love" gives us a different effect compared to 'To His Coy Mistress' or 'A Woman to Her lover', because they use the devices differently to the other poets. Overall, I think that the poem 'A Woman to Her Lover' was the most effective, because of the powerful, rebellious words used in the poem, like "vanquished", "refuse", "bondslave", "drudgery" etc. but the poem changes rapidly and becomes calm and loving e.g. "lover", "comrade", "friend", "mate", "passion", "joy" etc. this shows us how the emphasis of a poem can change. Hashim Dayah ...read more.

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