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'There are many facets of love' - Illustrate this by discussing he way love is treated in different poems in this selection.

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'There are many facets of love' Illustrate this by discussing he way love is treated in different poems in this selection. (You may wish to focus on two or three poems for detailed discussion, but you should refer to a few of the other poems.) (Pre- 1914 poetry) By Jonathan Aston Latin used different words for different types of love, for example when talking about sex, and love between a partner, the word they used was eros. They also have words for friendship, love of a family member and even a word for love of pleasure. However English only has one word for all types of affection, this word being 'love'. This simple fact already displays how our one word, love, has many facets. Love has always been a favourite topic for poets, regardless of their age, sex and the period they wrote it in. This is because there are many facets of love and there are many ways of expressing different types of love through poetry. 'There are many facets of love'; this can be proven by focusing on pre 1914 poetry. 'How do I love Thee' by Elizabeth Barret Browing and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvel are two well contrasting poems that easily prove this fact. ...read more.


This sounds very noble but we then realise this supposed 'noble' expression is nothing more that pure flattery. "How Do I Love Thee" contrasts this love expressed in "To his Coy Mistress", as Browning expresses a love not based around lust and passion alone, Browning writes of a love that takes many forms, "I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise" This quote shows Browning's love is good and pure. It expresses what facet of love she is trying to put across. Browning implies that her emotions are similar to the feeling of love a person has after they 'turn from praise' in other words, when they have left church. This shows her love has only good intentions. However Marvell has expressed a love that is not like that of Browning's, hers being a love that would grow even after death, this love is one of passion that a man has towards his mistress. In the poem Marvell is using imagery to write an argument in which the speaker is trying to win over a reluctant lady-his mistress. He starts by saying, "HAD we but world enough, and time, 'HAD' has been written in irregular capital letters to emphasize that they don't have the time he is talking about, therefore he has no time to court her. ...read more.


(He then strengthens this love by use of alliteration, which he uses throughout the poem. Marvell used the 'L' sound quite often, 'let, 'level' and 'life', all these words contribute to the loving feel of the sonnet.) In conclusion I believe that the are many facets of love. I have shown how poets may speak about true love, and how some use the word 'love' as a euphemism (I believe Marvell used this word, as it sounds much more acceptable than sex. I think he did this, as the word 'sex' seems to be quite explicit due to the fact that these poems were written in the Victorian era.) In 'To his Coy Mistress', the speakers expresses a love that appears to be centered around passion and sex. There are also poets that show other facets of the idea of love by writing about the pain of being in love and separating after it ends. All these poems show that the word love can be used to express a range of different human emotions. And as the word describes a range of human emotions, the best way to see that there are numerous facets to the ideas of love is to read where these passionate emotions are best-expressed, poetry. ...read more.

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