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Show how the poets illustrate different aspects of love in their poems. How do the poets communicate thoughts and feelings by the words and images they use?

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MADHU.R.NAIR 10B 30.10.2002 English and Literature GCSE Coursework, Pre - 20th Century Verse. 1. Show how the poets illustrate different aspects of love in their poems. How do the poets communicate thoughts and feelings by the words and images they use? The poems we have studied are: * Porphyria's Lover Robert Browning (1812-1889), * A Trampwoman's Tragedy Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), * The Lady of Shalott Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1800-1892), * The Eve of St. Agnes John Keats (1795-1821), There are different types of love shown in the four poems we have studied, I have read about: * Insane Love, * Jealous/Possessive Love, * Unrequited Love, * Romantic/Fulfilled Love. The main theme of love in "Porphyria's Lover" is insane or obsessive love. Robert Browning created Porphyria's lover as a man in a fit of insane pride and jealousy. Porphyria's lover chose to kill Porphyria, even though she loved him with all her heart. "From pride, and vainer ties dissever, And give herself to me forever." The main reason Porphyria's lover wanted Porphyria dead was due to his irrational belief that Porphyria may elope with another man. Porphyria's lover was infatuated with Porphyria. Porphyria's lover was very possessive about Porphyria, like a father would be over his young daughter. "That moment she was mine, mine, fair." Another piece of evidence that proves Porphyria's lover is mad is that after he kills Porphyria, he says, "I am quite sure she felt no pain." ...read more.

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"On his death-day I gave my groan And dropt his dead-born child." " 'Tis past! And here alone I stray Haunting the Western Moor." The murder of jeering John by the Trampwoman's boyfriend shows how much love the boyfriend had towards the Trampwoman. Even when the Trampwoman lies and says that the baby belongs to jeering John, Blue Billy (fancy-man) kills jeering John and not the Trampwoman. "I nodded, still to tease." The love shown in "A Trampwoman's Tragedy" is similar to that in "Porphyria's Lover". Blue Billy was jealous of jeering John, while P's lover was jealous of Porphyria and her beauty. When the Trampwoman says, "The ghost of him I'd die to kiss", it is obviously that she still loves her boyfriend, and she is regretful for what she has done. When the Trampwoman's child died, it was like a punishment by God himself, for playing a 'practical joke.' In "A Trampwoman's Tragedy", figures of speech are used to emphasize emotions, place names, the character: Due to the fact, there was a battle in Sedge-Moor (Civil War); the place was named 'sad', because so many people died in combat, "sad Sedge-Moor." 'Jeering' John was used show how much of a mocking character he was. This also implied when he was playing along to the Trampwoman's joke, "jeering John". Browning showed how the story of "The Trampwoman's Tragedy" carried a lot of sorrow and grief, and how it was the 'talk in the pubs.' ...read more.

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Here are few: The L of Shalott was forbidden to look out onto Camelot, so she must look into the mirror to catch a glimpse of Camelot. "Mirror's magic". Lancelot had to be seen as a tidy, flawless character who regularly cleaned his armour, sword, and shield. Every time Lancelot moved, he had to make a noise to get attention, so all eyes were on him. "His armour rung." We have also studied a fourth poem called, "The Eve of St. Agnes". The main theme of love shown in this poem is satisfied and romantic love. I found this poem very interesting and passionate. I especially liked the idea of how Porphyro made The Eve of St. Agnes come true for Madeleine. To conclude my coursework I'd like to say that there are different aspects of love shown in these four poems, but they all link together somewhere. "A Trampwoman's Tragedy" showed how a man could be jealous and protective over his partner, while in "Porphyria's Lover" shows how a person could be so insane, he becomes too overprotective and obsessed over his girlfriend. "The Eve of St. Agnes" ends on a much happier note, where two people love each other deeply, and escape together. However, "The Lady of Shalott" ends tragically, and she only escapes to her death. People believe love has only one true meaning (like a tree with one trunk), where a person has strong likings towards another. Then again, reading these poems have spread out the branches into different aspects and meanings of love. ...read more.

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