• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Poetry is the best words in the best order" - Coleridge - Discuss with reference to two poems from different sections of the anthology.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jodean Sumner "Poetry is the best words in the best order"-Coleridge. Discuss with reference to two poems from different sections of the anthology. The two poems "Song's From the Portuguese XLIII" By Elizabeth Browning and W.H.Auden's "O What is That Sound?" are both examples of the best words in the best order. Each poem conveys strong feelings and evokes these feelings in the reader also. They are able to build upon ideas and emotions through words in the best order. Elizabeth Browning's poem is a celebration of love. She uses the best words to show the strength, truth and power of her love. She begins in her asking her lover and herself, "how do I love thee?..."and goes on to tell us she will, "count the ways," showing that she wants to show him the many "ways" in which she loves him, immediately demonstrating great love with the necessity to "count" the ways in which she loves. She describes her love filling the," depth...breadth and height," that her "soul can reach," these words showing her spiritual being and the extent of her love to whom she writes, with it filling her entirely, also that her soul "reaches" to him giving a sense of her soul stretching out to reach him seeming almost desperate to be with him, showing a new level more love. ...read more.

Middle

However to build up the sense of danger slowly through the poem, Auden places the danger far off and remote to begin with, "Down in the valley drumming, drumming?" The question instils worry and the use of the word "drumming" makes the word sound like the noise that actually be heard in the poem. The worry however is toned down by the calm narrative of the second narrator, " only the scarlet soldiers," using the "O" in "only" uses assonance in repetition from the first narrator, it creates a regular rhythm . The "scarlet soldiers" is alliterated to give warm imagery that is comforting. To continue the calming tone Auden uses an affectionate use of, "dear" softening the mood and bringing down the already rising tension. The fourth line of the stanza and as with the final line in all the stanzas has an abrupt end. The number of syllables does not match that of the words on the second line, "Down in the valley drumming, drumming?...The soldiers coming," This unequal length is uncomfortable to read, feeling as though there should be more words however this unbalance in lines is effective making this line emphasised and the reader want more from the narrator, his short answer a takes a little of the comfort away from the his answer so there is still a little tension. ...read more.

Conclusion

they're turning," this gives an animalistic, beastly feature to the army force that gives us no empathy for them and increases the vulnerability of the narrator evoking fear for him. This vulnerability is built upon by the contrast of, "their boots...heavy on the floor," the hard imagery is a different to the gentleness of the narrator and it helps evolve the sense of helplessness. In this way Auden evokes sympathy from the reader. The soldiers ruthlessness is shown with, "their eyes are burning" making the hot image feel live, present and dangerous in our minds. We feel the fear in the tone and sympathy for the vulnerable and innocent narrator. We can therefore see, as with Elizabeth Browning's poem, the order of words allows for a building process, in this case building tension and fear increasingly as the poem continues. The words in both poems, chosen by the writer allows them to individually control the readers thoughts, feelings and ideas, this only done however by use of the best words in the best order to create a poem that effectively controls the reader in a way that the writer would wish. Therefore through use of the best words in the best order the writer can control their audiences and create constructive builds of emotion and tension. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. With Particular focus on content, language and structure examining the similarities and differences that ...

    Although Brooke starts in a positive manner his mood dramatically changes to a more negative prospective at the end. An example of this can be seen in the lines "Slumbering Midland Plain" and "dead leaves in the lane". Drayton's poem goes in the opposite direction in the end, his poem

  2. Comparison of two love poems 'The Voice' by Thomas Hardy and 'Twelve Songs' by ...

    Both of the poems have been written in first-person narrative, which adds a personal touch to both of the poems. Poems written in first-person narrative are generally more emotional than a poem written in third-person narrative, which is more effective and will seize the attention of the reader quicker and will also be more enjoyable to read.

  1. How does W.H.Auden create a sense of loss in funeral blues?

    Such as using objects to portray his emotions, it comes across as him being unselfish, meaning he doesn't wish for any one to hurt as much as he is. In the third stanza there is an incident when punctuation is used effectively to show the mans sense of loss.

  2. Love Poetry

    The moods and tones of both poems totally differ from each other. On one hand, Eileen McAuley's 'The Seduction' has a negative mood and on the other hand, Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress has a positive mood (overall). These fit in with the ideas that the poet's are trying to put across to the readers.

  1. Free essay

    Compare how death is presented in three poems in the Anthology

    In the first stanza the use of alliteration in "the lovers looked over" emphasizes love was lyrical and a harmony of life by the "l" sound produced. But in the second stanza onwards there was a sudden transition and the change of tone was turned emotionless and insensitive.

  2. Love is a very common theme in poetry. By closely examining the ways in ...

    The word 'careful' gives the impression that love has boundaries and it takes time to get to know someone properly without getting hurt. traditional method. Carol Ann Duffy uses imagery like Shakespeare to make her points more powerful to the reader.

  1. Comparing poems- Best Words. Porphyrias Lover and Let Me Not.

    doesn't change- it's always there (like this is the definite meaning to 'love'.) And he describes a ship in line 6 'It is the star to every wandering barke...' like it is the answer to every lonely soul. In line 11- I think he means that love is timeless and

  2. Compare and contrast the way the poets of the 'Love and Loss' anthology have ...

    This poem implies she is throwing a party and the fact she mentions the peacocks' 'hundred eyes' could mean that this relationship is very public and she will be in the spotlight with all eyes on her. Another technique Romantic poets often used, was including archaic words and phrases into their poetry.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work