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Romantic love, physical love, unrequited love, obsessive love… Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the theme.

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Love and Loss Romantic love, physical love, unrequited love, obsessive love... Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the theme. Poets have written about love in many, possibly countless ways, each of them emphasising different aspects of an emotion which is at once both wide and deep. The romantic poets, who were part of a movement, beginning in the late eighteenth century, reacting against the conventions of classicism, saw the emotions and the senses as being more important than the reason and intellect that had been typical attributes of classicism and used their poetry as a means of expressing the power of the human imagination. I have studied many love and loss poems including, "First Love" by John Clare, "When We Two Parted" by Lord Byron and "A Woman To Her Lover" by Christina Walsh. In "First Love" by John Clare, we see two main types of love, obsessive love and physical love. We can see physical love as the poet talks about and describes his lovers face. "Her face it bloomed like a sweet fire", this shows how the poet sees the girl. ...read more.


The alliteration "blood burnt" makes the poem sound more effective. Clare sees this love as something which is completely different from all that has gone before, "My life and all seemed turned to clay" - All his previous experience is seen as being dull and unexciting, like clay. "When We two Parted" by Lord Byron, one of the great romantics, is different to "First Love". We see unrequited love rather than obsessive and physical love. We can see this from the title "When We Two Parted" suggesting a loss, from a split between two people. The poem also deals with loss rather than love. The poet deals with three different times. The first time is when Byron is looking back at their time of parting, "when we two parted" The second part shows how it is now, in the present, which can be associated with sorrow. The final time is in the future when he writes about the potential sadness of a future meeting, "How should I greet thee". Like "First Love", Byron also uses repetition to make the poem more effective and so that it sounds with more emphasis, "Long, long shall I rue thee". ...read more.


Also the word "ghost" demonstrates that it is not real, it did not really happen, it is a fantasy. Like, "First Love" and "When We Two Parted" Walsh also uses repetition. She repeats the word "your" illustrating she is not a possession and is against being his. Also the repetition makes it more effective. Later on in the poem, Walsh uses another form of repetition, parallel structure. It is a form of repetition, where it is not the actual words but the ideas that follow that are important, "To live and work, to love and die". A third type of repetition can be found almost at the very end of the fourth stanza, where successive lines commence "And", almost like a drum beat emphasising the ideas that follow - for example "And our co-equal love". Therefore, from the examples I have discussed from above, we can see how different romantic poets have given expression to different aspects of love - for example Clare's obsessive love and Byron's unrequited love and yet have used the same techniques such as alliteration, repetition and imagery to express the Romantic view of the power and intensity of emotion. Love and Loss GCSE Chris Thompson 11P 7/5/07 Page 1 of 2 Love and Loss ...read more.

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