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

Pre 1914 Poetry

Extracts from this document...


Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework To study how pre-1914 poets have explored the different aspects of the theme of relationships over a period of time. When we read the five poems we gather that the poems all have different aspects of the theme of relationships. The poems I have chosen are 'The Laboratory by Ancien R�gime, The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy, Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare, Remember by Christina Rossetti, The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found by William Blake and lastly On My First Sonne by Ben Jonson'. These poems written before all have similarities within it comes down to the themes of relationships however they all have different aspects, views, feelings and the theme of relationships may vary. Overall in this essay we are looking at the themes of relationships and see what the different aspects the poets have explored over a period of time which overall have a striking resemblance and within this essay I would like to explore it... Various methods are used to explore the theme of relationships in 'The laboratory by Robert browning' and 'The man he killed by Thomas Hardy' are comparatively similar. The laboratory made in the 1842 era, has a distinct subject, a person who kills (or is about to kill) her rival in the presence of her lover - who appears to be connected to the speaker in some way - perhaps her husband or an ex-lover who has spurned her for the rival who is soon to die. It is in the form of a monologue, and the silent listener is important. He is an expert in poisons who sells his services to a wealthy woman. The language used refers to an older form of rule or government - suggesting that the speaker comes from a past age 'Now that I, tying thy glass mask tightly' shows the past tense language. ...read more.


He sees the boy's life also in terms of a loan, which he has had to repay, after seven years, on the day set for this 'the just day'. This metaphor expresses the idea that all people really belong to God and are permitted to spend time in this world. However the narrator does mourn the loss and this expressed by the word 'Lament'. On my first sonne travels through the spiritual side of life and the way he expresses this is not by saying religious or spiritual words he implies it 'Exacted by thy fate, on the just day', 'Seven yeeres thou wert lent to me' this shows the implements he makes. Also in Of my first sonne he expresses his passion and love for his son with the use of words and language 'To have so sonne scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage' the words fleshes rage show the implantation of passion his rage of the death of his son is hard which it goes to show and this makes the reader feel more sympathetic towards the narrator as his passion and love for his son was pure. However the language does go deeper, Jonson looks at the contradiction that we 'lament' (mourn) something we should really envy - escaping the hardships of life and the misery of ageing. The writer suggests that his best piece of poetry (the best thing he has ever made, that is) is his son this shown buy 'Ben. Jonson his best piece of peotrie'. Remembering his sin of loving too much 'My sinne was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy', he now expresses the hope or wish that from now on, whatever he loves, he will not love it 'too much' 'For whose sake, hence-forth, all his vowes be such, As what he loves may never like too much.' Jonson's language is much complex and the archaic language is good of his expressing his feelings in a more sympathetic less-mourning way. ...read more.


Although, the relationships constructed in the six poems are of different aspects, they all determine how the theme of relationships was constructed in pre-1914 poetry and how it has altered in our modern era. However, the poems also differ in some ways through the structure and layout and sometimes through language of the six pieces of poetry. Browning's 'The laboratory' and Hardy's 'The man he killed' are monologues where the poetry is written in context from either theirs or a persons point view. Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 130' and Rosetti's 'Remember' are sonnets. The little boy lost, the little boy found and on my first sonne are normal poems. However the little boy lost and little boy found are two separate parts but have the same meaning in both; a mini story. All poems capitalize on the factor of relationships and the way the poets have explored these relationships are just how society was during these times and they have just responded to what is going on within that era and over a period of time. In conclusion the points that I have made are all relevant to how the poets have explored the themes of relationships over a period of time. The choice of topic in each poem is used to make the poems more sophisticated and authentic. The points that I have also made are important in the factors the words that poets use are dominant which has such an effect that in my opinion it describes the poems all together. My personal observation of this is that in the Elizabethan era times the relationships were a dominant factor in both society and it is more expressive today and in my opinion I thin k many people do relate their own personal relationship during those times as again relationships was at its peak. Overall I think that pomes written are influencing and inspiring, as they give so much more in to understating relationships and the way these poets express it has influenced many for years and still continues on today. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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 Comparisons 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 Comparisons essays

  1. Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope, War poems comparision

    She expresses the opinion of war being a game in many ways, by comparing it to different sports. She shows that being in the war and doing the job is like tackling and gripping a person during rugby - " Who'll grip and tackle the job unafraid".

  2. How do Donne's sonnets differ from Shakespeare's sonnets? In your answer, you should discuss ...

    This becomes obvious when he is describing his "lover". For example, when he describes his lover as not losing "possession of that fair thou ow'st", he uses "soft" words such as "fair" and "ow'st". On the contrary, Shakespeare's poem could also be as powerful as Donne's because of the last two lines.

  1. How The Poems "Ullyses" And "Oymandias" Explore The Effect Of Time On Heoes And ...

    '...round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away' this alliteration of "boundless and bare" and "lone and level" exaggerates that nothing or no-one is even there to take in the existence of the statue.

  2. Compare the way the theme of love is viewed and conveyed by the author ...

    As an Italian sonnet, it has 14 lines, first 8 of which, called ''octave'', have a different structure than the remaining 6, called ''sestet'', although these two parts are not split into two different stanzas; the octave use the rhyming scheme of a b b a a b b a

  1. Using Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' as your core poem, show clearly, by ...

    In this first stanza, Richard Lovelace is addressing his love for his wife. His love for his wife is complete and platonic. 'When Love with unconfined wings / Hovers within my gates, / And my divine Althea' he claim his love for her is free, it transcends all other things.

  2. Portrayal of Women in Pre 1914 poetry - A Woman to Her Lover ...

    Walsh also says "...than gratify your clamorous desire". The word "clamorous" means to insistently demand attention but there is an implication that he will not find such a woman. Also "wakened woman" is used which means liberated and any wakened woman would be able to see straight through any mans disguise or tricks of manipulation.

  1. How is the Theme of Relationships explored in Gillian Clarkes Catrin(TM), another Clarke Poem ...

    The poem introduces a personal quality with the title 'Catrin' but is then not mentioned again throughout the poem. This can be represented as a very personal relationship that does not have the need to direct but contain an unmentioned bond.

  2. Compare the presentation of relationships in "My Last Duchess", "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory".

    This suggests social rejection, unrequited love, and isolation. When Porphyria entered the cottage, the atmosphere changed dramatically, she immediately brought warmth and cheer with her. "She shut the cold out and the storm, and kneeled and made the cheerless grate blaze up, and all the cottage warm." Her ability to shut out the cold and storm shows her forceful presence and her supremacy over him (the speaker)

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