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Poetry - Love is one of the most important aspects of life since time began.

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Love is one of the most important aspects of life since time began. It has been portrayed through music, film and books with almost every story ever written having some sort of love story held within. However, one of the most prominent ways love has been portrayed for thousands of years is through poetry. I will be looking at two pre 1900 poems to explore this theme of love. I have chosen; 'Ballad', be Anon and 'Shall I compare thee...?' by William Shakespeare. Ballad is a story written about a woman who was left by her lover when he discovered she was pregnant. It is written by the women in the first person, to her child, this enhances the poems meaning as it helps you to see her pain and hopelessness as well as her love for this man. The form of this poem is in 4 line stanzas, using rhyming couplets, to tell a story in a simple and easy to understand way. ...read more.

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The poems meaning is deepened with her ability to hate this man who caused her this pain and regret for her child, for example in line 41: ' I wish, my child, thods't never been born,' This shows the pain that this one man has caused her to grieve with. The poem reminds the reader of how easy it is to fall in love with get carried away without thinking about the consequences. The narrator's tone is one of desperation, this helps the reader to appreciate the pain this women is suffering from this man's actions. To sum up I would say that the poet feels sadness about her loss of love, she wants us to understand how desperate and miserable she feels for herself and her child, and the affect that this man had on her life. 'Shall I compare thee...?' is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poem's tone is one of true love. This helps the reader to appreciate the beauty of this women and Shakespeare's feelings toward her. To sum up I would say that Shakespeare feels overwhelmed by this amazing beauty. Shakespeare wants everyone who reads it to feel his love for this women and to understand how inner beauty will live forever no matter the appearance for example in line 8-9: 'By chance, or natures changing course untrim'd: But thy eternal Sommer shall not fade.' From reading these poems I have learned how love can make one person extremely happy and another extremely sad. It shows how different affects of the feeling can have on different people and how it can change a person's life so dramatically. Pre 1900 poets felt very strongly about the theme of love and it often shows through their work, as it seems clear that it was one of their main inspirations. From studying these poems it is clear to see that love was very important in this time and how so many things were reliant on it, just like today. ...read more.

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