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Poetry coursework Compare and contrast at least three poems from the "Love and Loss" anthology.

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Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework Compare and contrast at least three poems from the "Love and Loss" anthology. I have studied a range of poems on love and loss, the five poems I have chosen are; "First Love" by John Clare, "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning "A Birthday" and "Remember" by Christina Rosetti and finally "When We Two Parted" by George Gordon. All of these poems were written during the romantic period which was approximately 1770-1830, or the Victorian period which was approximately 1830-1900. During both these periods there were similar as well as different styles of poetry produced. Love and Loss poems were both important themes in Victorian and romantic poetry. The word love has many meanings to it. To love someone it can mean to be emotionally or physically or even by both be attracted to another person. Love involves romance, which is the feeling felt for the person you love. Therefore a romantic poem is a poem that expresses very affectionate and sensitive emotions. ...read more.

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"Remember" once again is different form both of the other poems, it does not at all state anything about her love to her partner but only what he should do after she goes. "First Love", "How Do I Love Thee" and "A Birthday" are all typical romantic poems. "A Birthday" and "First Love" both have references to nature. In "First Love" it says; "Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower", John Clare uses these words to describe the beauty of his love; he is comparing her to a flower expressing that she has natural beauty. "A Birthday" describes love using reference to nature which portrays the theme of love, "My heart is like an apple tree Whose boughs are bent with thickest fruit", saying that her heart is abundant and fruitful to her love. "First Love" and "A Birthday" both share another thing in common that make them typical romantic poems, they both have the reference to music. In "First Love" it says; "Words from my eyes did start They/ spoke as chords do from the string", the love in his eyes were speaking for him, it was strong emotional music coming from within him. ...read more.

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in "First Love" there is the use of alliteration, "so sudden and so sweet". There is no alliteration present in the other two poems. However there is the use of repetition in both, in "How Do I Love Thee" the words "I love thee" are repeated many times through the poem. In "A Birthday" the words "My heart" are repeated a few times. The use of repetition is very effective as it puts emphasis on the poem making those few words stand out. My response to all the poems overall is that they are all very clear in expressing their feelings towards their love. The image I got was that they are madly in love and taking there expressions to a great extent. The poems talk about love during and after death meaning their love is very important. The poem I liked best was "A Birthday", this is because I found it easy to understand compared to the other poems and there is the positive feel towards it. I did not enjoy reading "How Do I Love Thee" and "Remember" as much as "A Birthday" because they were a bit difficult to understand at certain parts. ?? ?? ?? ?? Khadija Khanom 11B English Coursework: Pre-1914 Poetry ...read more.

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