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Pre - 1914 Poetry Coursework

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HW 29/3/09 Pre -1914 Poetry Coursework Love poems can be traced back many years, love is typically thought of as lust, commitment and sacrifice all rolled into one and here is a quote from Abraham Crowley on love "A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain." Love poems tend to be thought of as very conventional. Traditionally, i would expect a love poem to have comparisons, comparing their loved one to angels or goddesses and to build a image in the readers mind that their love was pure and faultless, they would also include in the poem comparisons between their loved one and goddesses or angels and would describe their facial features to something so pure and faultless. However, i have found that some unconventional love poems describe their loved ones to something ugly or dark, some may compare their loved ones to fleas and insects but yet they say that their love is pure and unbreakable. In From Fidessa written by Bartholomew Griffin which was a petrarchan sonnet written in 1596, Bartholomew Griffin talks about his lady obsessively as he uses the metaphor 'My lady's hair is threads of beaten gold' which gives the reader the image that she has the looks of a goddess which fits in with the conventional images of love. ...read more.

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notes of pain', where he basically tells the reader that although he loves this women he isn't loved back and that all that happen is that his love turns to pain as he knows he isn't loved back and desperately just wants to be loved by this women. This is a conventional poem as he simply is 'head over heels' for this woman and makes comparisons to angels when he says ' and the soft lightning of the angelic smile'. "Soft lightning"is a clich� because as we know lightning is never soft it simply thunders and is rough so i believe this quote is hiding behind its true meaning because the poet says that although her smile is angelic however when angered or bad tempered the "soft" lightning within her smile begins to show and he seems not to want to upset his beloved one so he hides his true meaning within a sentence full of praise. However, in The Flea written by John Donne in 1630 it is a unconventional poem as he uses unusual things to describe his love for his beloved and shows a erotic type of love as he says 'Mark but this flea and mark in this' which tell us he is asking her to notice the flea and notice what he is about to state but then ...read more.

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to see how love really is that it cant be perfect as many say it is and that every person has their faults and no matter what is said love is never perfect, this is my interpretation on what Shakespeare trys to show us in this sonnet. Shakespeare also in his poem The Dark Lady he also describes his lover with hair as "wirey" which shows once again that Shakespeare doesn't like to "sugar coat" anything he simply write exactly what he sees. In conclusion, I believe that Sonnet 130 written by William Shakespeare portrays the most effective expression of love because although its not what you expect from a love sonnet he portrays the solid truth with no sugar coating and no silver white lining to hide behind, as although it may seem as he simply is just having a rant about his mistress maybe because she has refused to go on with it a person may say but to me Shakespeare is trying to show the reader exactly what love is about, love is about putting up with the persons faults recognising them and finding a way past them and yet having a relationship together rather then letting people believe that love is about roses, heaven and everything becomes perfect, Shakespeare gives his opinion with no half-hearted approach. By Igor Gouveia ...read more.

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