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Some Poets' Attitudes To Love

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Some Poets Attitudes To Love A love poem is a piece of poetry that describes a positive emotion for one from another. Love poems can come in many different forms. There are 'free verse' love poems, where poets use no particular rhyming scheme or rules, but they let their poetry flow. You can also find many ballads about love. In Elizabethan times, often, sonnets were written to lovers or about them. These are fourteen-lined, short verses that often portray emotion very well. Love poems often use metaphors to describe emotion because 'love' is such a strong emotion that it can't be described physically to another. Christina Rossetti was a Victorian poet who often wrote about love. In her poem 'Amen', it is hard to tell what she is writing about. It could be love or even life. At the start of each verse, she makes a definite statement and then questions it. She starts with 'It is over. What is over?' This implies that she is unsure of herself - or is not quite sure what is happening with her life or relationship. The poem acts out her thought process. To start with, she seems sure that 'It is over.' Let's assume that she is describing a relationship. She has a chance to think and decides that she doesn't know what is over. This could imply that she doesn't know which part of the relationship is over or why. ...read more.

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In the middle is an apple tree full of so much fruit and life that its' boughs are breaking. If you compare this to a heart, as Rossetti does, you can imagine a feeling of immense Love and passion. However, Rossetti also talks of her heart as a shell, 'That paddles in a halcyon sea.' The thought of a delicate shell in a tempest of waves implies that, like the shell, Rossetti's heart was very vulnerable when she wrote this poem. Rossetti says that all this is because her love has come to her. In the second verse, she explains that this feeling that she possesses is so outstandingly brilliant, that she must be raised high and praised. Everyone has to know about it and see how special it is. She says, 'Raise me on a dais of silk and down.' - she wants to be raised high so everyone can see how happy she is. Silk and down are both very expensive materials that only royalty can usually afford. By using these expensive materials in her description, it helps her to put across how special and elated she feels when she is in love. I think that the poem is called, 'The Birthday' because her lover coming to her is almost like receiving a very special gift. When you get given something that you've really wanted, sometimes it is like having your birthday because you are the special person it is being given to. ...read more.

Conclusion

She then goes on to explain how she will feel if this man did come along, she would become totally engulfed with her love for him. She would feel secure in the relationship because she would trust him to give back the love she gave. She describes the potential love between them as something that would be the most perfect thing ever. She says 'hand holding hand until we reach the very heart of God.' By this, I think that Walsh means that they will happily spend their lives together until they die and reach heaven. It could also mean that they spend their lives together until their love cannot become more perfect and takes its place with God. This poem has no real rhyming scheme so I find it more passionate and flowing than those by Rossetti. I think Walsh's' attitude to love is different to Rossetti's. Both see it as a wonderful thing but I feel that Rossetti doesn't 'decide' whom she loves, but lets herself love anyone. I don't think Rossetti is practical enough to think abut how the relationship will be long-term; she is passionate and gets caught up in the moment. Walsh, however, thinks about relationships far into the future and is brave enough to say 'no.' I think, out of the two, Walsh's love has to be the truest, because she doesn't assume that everything will be perfect just because there is love. She realizes that things aren't always to plan - so she plans in advance. Of the two poems, I enjoyed Christina Walsh's poem more. ...read more.

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