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Poetry Coursework "Romantic love, physical love, unrequited love, obsessive love." Compare the ways the poets have written about the theme of love, bringing out different aspects of it. In the six poems I have studied, I see a wide range of different types of love mentioned. I will be looking at 3 poems in depth. These are: "Porphyria's Lover", written by Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess", written by the Duke of Ferrara and "To His Coy Mistress", written by Andrew Marvell. When it comes to romantic love, "To His Coy Mistress" contains some elements of it. "To His Coy Mistress" also includes aspects of physical love. When it comes to unrequited love, "Porphyria's Lover" and "To His Coy Mistress" hold a large scale in them. "My Last Duchess" also includes shades of unrequited love. "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess" contain features of obsessive love. In my essay, I would like to pay particular attention to unrequited love because it shows how the women in the poems are seen as a possession, which the men must rightfully have. I will also look at aspects of obsessive love. "To His Coy Mistress" is not generally positioned in this type of love as the poem does not really contain obsessive love, but in my opinion it ...read more.


I think that this shows that he is slightly insane, which is also shown by his actions at the start, and I think that it is the separation between them that has caused him to become like this. He doesn't want to feel guilty, and so he tries to minimise the crime. The Lover feels that now, he has full power over Porphyria by saying: "As a shut bud holds a bee" He then tries to justify his actions by saying that: "The smiling rosy little head, So glad it has its utmost will," He is saying that she did make a choice of who she wanted to be with and it was him. By her choosing him, he claims that he has given her something that she has always wanted. The poem ends in a powerful way. It ends with another reason to justify his actions of killing Porphyria. The poem ends with the line: "And yet God has not said a word!" This shows that if the lover thought that killing Porphyria was wrong, then he would have punished him. Instead he seems to think that God is agreeing to the murder and allowing it. ...read more.


This shows he has control over her as he decides who sees the portrait. He sees her as a possession. "My Last Duchess" uses rhetorical questions as an emphasis to power. The poem also contains metaphors and similes. Both poems contain aspects of obsessiveness and unrequited love. The speakers in both poems portray their women as a possession, in which they have full control over. The only way they can do this is by killing them. After the murder, both men feel no guilt or sorrow they feel as if it was a natural thing to do. I will be looking at one last poem, and comparing it with "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess". This poem is "To His Coy Mistress". Similar to "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess", "To His Coy Mistress" is also written in a dramatic monologue. The poem is about seduction, in which the narrator wants the women to have sex with him. The poem is in rhyming couplets. Andrew Marvell chose to rhyme in couplets because he s talking about couples. Unlike "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess", "To His Coy Mistress" is written in three stanzas. The poem uses many exaggerated images to try and seduce his mistress. The poem also uses similes, metaphors and enjamblement. The narrator stresses how important time is. ...read more.

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