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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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Romantic love, physical love, unrequited love, obsessive love......Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the theme. Love poems have always been very popular because love is one of the deepest emotions that people can feel and poetry is a good way to express such an emotion. When people think of love, they think of a typical romantic love but an exploration of pre-1914 love poetry shows other types of love such as unrequited love and obsessive love. The poems I will explore in depth are 'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvin, 'The Garden of Love' by William Blake, and 'How do I love thee' by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Blake's poem 'The Garden of Love' is his view of being deceived by the perception of marriage. He has shown this by using the Chapel to symbolize marriage. When he gets there he finds 'Thou shalt not' written over the door and he thinks this symbolizes restrictions. ...read more.

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Nesbit seems to make fun of her love life by using lines like 'remember how you always bore me'. Nesbit's poem does not make use of he symbols that Blake uses which makes her poem easier to understand. Andrew Marvell's poem 'To his Coy Mistress' takes a more positive attitude towards love. Hid poem, like Blake's, was written at a time of upheaval during the English Civil War and he was influenced by this. His poem is a 'carpe diem' poem which was fashionable because it told people to 'seize the moment' because they did not know what would happen next. The lines 'But at my back I always hear Times winged chariot hurrying near' Show this because the poet is trying to get the woman to go to bed with him. At first he tells her that if they lived for eternity then he would wait, but they don't so he tells her that if they wait too long his love might not last. ...read more.

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You can tell this as he uses phrases like 'our two loves be one'. Done also uses some hyperbole in he final lines of the poem where he says that if they stay together their love will never die. In Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'How Do I Love Thee?' there is also use of hyperbole. For example in the last line she says 'I shall but love thee better after death' Barrett Browning uses the hyperbole to show romantic love. The love is so strong in this poem it can almost become unrequited love as she almost idolizes this person. Barrett Browning tries to measure her love for this man. The use of repetition of 'I love thee' may give a tedious tone to this poem but it really emphasizes her point. As her love in this poem is so large to explain she compares it to situations showing strength or other emotions such as joy, but even sadness is involved from the reference of tears. I think this shows that all her life and after goes into this kind of love not just the good times and it is hard work. Joe Jeffrey Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework ...read more.

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