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The four poems I am going to use are; 'Porphyria's Lover', by Robert Browning, 1812-1889; 'The Highwayman', by Alfred Noyes, 1880-1958; 'The Eve of St. Agnes', by John Keats, 1795-1821; and 'The Lady of Shalott', by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Comparison Essay on Four Studied Poems. The four poems I am going to use are; 'Porphyria's Lover', by Robert Browning, 1812-1889; 'The Highwayman', by Alfred Noyes, 1880-1958; 'The Eve of St. Agnes', by John Keats, 1795-1821; and 'The Lady of Shalott', by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1809-1892. I chose these four poems as they all deal with love which ultimately leads to death, except in The Eve of St. Agnes. 'The Eve of St. Agnes' was first published in 'Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems' in 1820. The theme had been suggested to Keats by his friend Isabella Jones in January 1819. She reminded him that the 20th was St. Angel's Eve, when maidens were supposed to dream of their husbands; and Keats, who was already in a romantic medieval mood, took up the idea. But although the inspiration was Isabella's, the physical background for the poem and the fat that the lover was no vision but a flesh-and-blood young man came (as Robert Gittings point out) from a book Keats had recently been reading, the ninth volume of the 'Bibliotheque Universelle des Dames', and especially the third of the three stories, 'Pierre de Provence et La Belle Maguelone'. ...read more.

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The language Noyes uses is really appropriate as it's in old English and seems really romantic and the reader becomes more involved in the poem. In 'The Lady of Shalott', the love is unrequited; she loves him, but he has never seen her and does not know she exists. He only sees her after she is dead and he finds her attractive. This is proven in this quote: "But Lancelot mused a little space; He said 'She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, The Lady of Shalott.'" This quote shows that when Lancelot finally sees the Lady of Shallot, he realises she is beautiful and hopes that she is given grace from God. 'The Lady of Shallot' is a literally ballad, whilst it is still written in stanzas and poetic terms; it tells a story. Finally 'The Eve of St. Agnes' is a story of fated love. It is fated love as whilst Madeline is dreaming she sees Porphyro and when she wakes up he is there and they fall in love because of fate. They run away with each other as they think that is the best thing to do. ...read more.

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In three of the poems death is caused because of love and the difficult situations caused by love. But in one of them, it does not cause death but could if found out. The language in all four of the poems is used to full extent, and easily understandable. The settings are described really well. It was really easy to understand what is going on and what the author is trying to get across. It is straightforward to see where each of them are coming from, as they use the appropriate language and to explain things to the exact perfection that is needed without giving everything away, so the readers can still guess what is going on. This gives the poems more depth and makes the readers feel more involved in the poem. I believe the poets are all trying to say that love is not an easy thing, you have to find the right person and want to actually be there for them and know what you are willing to sacrifice, even if it is your own life. Then if love goes wrong, death is closely linked to it, as three out of the four poems end up with the people dying because of love. Word count: 2051 ?? ?? ?? ?? Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework Lynzi Best 11.2 ...read more.

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