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The poems 'Love's Farewell' and 'The Chilterns' are both about relationships, however the moods of the poems are quite different which I am going to look at in depth, also I will look at the similarities and differences of the two poems.

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Poetry Coursework - Pre-20th Century The poems 'Love's Farewell' and 'The Chilterns' are both about relationships, however the moods of the poems are quite different which I am going to look at in depth, also I will look at the similarities and differences of the two poems. 'Love's Farewell' was written by Michael Drayton and is a pre-20th century poem, and 'The Chilterns' was written by Rupert Brooke and is a twentieth Century Poem. In the first verse of 'Love's Farewell' it is clear that the poet was in a relationship but it has come to an end, he seems quite adamant that, that us what he wants to happen, he wants the relationship to end. The first line reads 'Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part' which I think means there is nothing more they can both do to make the relationship work, so they should kiss and break up. It then says 'Nay I have done, you get no more of me' I think showing he has given up, he has tried, but he is not going to try anymore. The next line is 'And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart', he seems to be reinforcing his judgement on finishing the relationship, he says he is happy to be free of it. ...read more.

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her, saying he likes her hands and lips, in the next three lines he says how he has been faithful to her for the past three or so years and loved her, but regardless of this the relationship still ended. The second verse seems to be the poet acting relieved that it is over and he is going to start travelling, 'Thank God, that's done! And I'll take the road,'. The next line reads 'Quit of my youth and you' which I think shows he is definitely leaving her, and his youth, which he has spent with her behind. The last three lines of the verse are: 'The Roman road to Wendover By Tring and Lilley Hoo, As a free man may do.' I think these three lines mean that he is moving away now he has his freedom back, and he is able to do what he pleases. In this verse he seems to be thinking of the advantages of the break up and the new the fact he will be able seek new activities, such as taking to the road. Verse three seems to be again a negative verse, the poet shows not a glimpse of chance that the relationship might resume at a later date. The verse reads: 'For youth goes over, the joys that fly The tears that follow fast; And the dirtiest things we ...read more.

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I think the poet is unhappy and is in an unsure mood. In the 'The Chilterns' the poet seems more sure of himself and his ability to make a decision and it be the right one, I do not think he shows any sorrow for what has happened or a willingness for them to get back together at all, he has accepted the fact that the love they once shared is long gone. The poet seems to be quietly confident with the end result and shows no regret. Therefore, from the study of these two poems I think I have gained the knowledge and understanding of how a depressing, not exactly cheerful poem is constructed, and I feel I have improved my analytical skills a great deal. To conclude, the I feel that loves farewell the better poem of the pair, with its language being slightly easier to understand, but I can appreciate what the poet is going through, with him not being able to decide which choice he wants to make in his life, and I especially liked the twist in the couplet at the end, where through out the poem he is persuading himself and reassuring himself that he made the right choice, he then goes back on every thing he said and reveals to us that if given the opportunity their love might still yet live on. ...read more.

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