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The moods and faces of love pre-1914 poetry

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The moods and faces of love pre-1914 poetry There are many facets of love. Illustrate this by discussing the way love is treated in different poems in this selection. There are many facets of love such as lust, jealously and equality. Love is a popular topic for poetry. Margaret Duchess of Newcastle said "O Love thou art tired out with rhyme!" She believes love is a clich�d, worn out with rhyme and poetry but love still has many facets of love to be explored. "To His Coy Mistress" is about superficial love. Through out this poem the poet is rushing his mistress. He tries to charm her but he has only one thing on his mind. The poet (Andrew Marvell) start of with a calm and loving tone but this is just one of his techniques used to woo his mistress. In the first stanza the poet uses flattery, "We would sit down and think which way To walk and pass our long lovers day" He is romantic talk about long strolls together he appeals too what she wants. He says he will love her from the beginning of time "ten years before the flood" till the end of time "The conversion of the Jews" he is saying if I had all the time in the world I will spend it spend it loving you. ...read more.

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"Than languish in his slow-chapt power." In the two first stanzas he says 'I', 'me' and 'you' now he says 'we', 'us' and 'our' hinting that they will become one when they make love he also mentions this when he says, "Let us roll all our strength and all Our sweetness up into one ball" He talks about her chastity as the "iron gates of life" he makes it sound like a barrier to children. "Thus, though we cannot make our son Stand still, yet we will make him run." These last two lines could mean two things one he could be saying we can't make time stop, yet will make it fly by having fun. Or it could be the word sun is a homophone of son meaning he wants a child. Through this poem the pet has argued and persuaded his mistress using many different techniques. Time and beauty is of importance, this is similar to Shakespeare's eighteenth sonnet "Shall I Compare Thee to a summer's Day?" "Shall I Compare Thee to a summer's Day?" is a Shakespearean sonnet it starts off with a question "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" ...read more.

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This shows she doesn't want to wed a man who wants her to look pretty and do no wrong. "My body supple only for your sense delight" It shows that he might only want her for her body alone and expect her to fulfil his physical desires. In the final stanza she recites that if the man comes to her, loves her and doses the things he promises in the marriage vows then she will be his forever. "But lover, lover if you ask me That I shall be your comrade, friend and mate, to live and work to love and die with you, That so together we may know purity and height of passion, and joy and sorrow. Then o husband I am yours forever" The poet talks about being friends and equals which was a new and modern concept to treat your wife as an equal back then. In this poem we see a mixture of three types of love insincere/ selfish, lust and true love. In these three poems there are many different types of love but these are only some of the facets of love. There are many facets of love to explore and as long as love remains a complex and diverse issue these poems will continue. ...read more.

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