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These poems, Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning, First Love by John Clare, The Beggar Woman by William Kingland and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell are all love poems from pre-1900.

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Teela Hughes Love poems These poems, Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning, First Love by John Clare, The Beggar Woman by William Kingland and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell are all love poems from pre-1900. Porphyria's lover starts off with a man waiting for his lover, Porphyria, to arrive. The writer sets out the beginning of the poem by explaining the mood of the weather. "The rain early in to-night, The sullen wind was soon awake, It tore the elm-tops down from spite, And did its worst to vex the lake: I listened with heart fit to break." This shows how anxiously awaiting Porphyria's lover was and how they will soon be together. Then Porphyria glides in from the cold storm and "Withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl, And laided her soiled gloves by, untied Her hat and let the damp hair fall", As they sat together and the 'murmuring' sound of I love you were given, he now had her love. And now they were together, there was no one who could take that Away. "That moment she Was mine, mine, fair, Perfectly pure and good:" The only way to capture that love was to kill her. Now Porphyria would not and could not love any one else but him. ...read more.

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He lets his "company the hare pursue". He and his company are out hunting for hares (game), but he has other "game" in mind. "A beggar by trade", meaning prostitute, he finds and they retire to the woods. She has a baby on her back. He asks her, on the way to the woods, to expose but she fears his company will come. Which means she doesn't want to expose herself to him because she is She knows a place to go, and she is asked to sit but this is not her usual trade. Should he throw her down, then she "might perhaps break more backs" than her own, she might break the baby's back. He suggests putting the baby by but she says that then the baby will cry. She says the baby is "custom" to a back. "Then,' says the gentleman, 'I should be loth To come so far and disoblige you both: Were the child tied to me, d'ye think 'twould do?" She immediately says yes and with mighty speed unties the baby from her and "Upon her generous friend" she put the baby. Without time for the man to realize, she was then saying goodbye. She tells him, "To try a year or two how you'll keep this." ...read more.

Conclusion

He wants them to be as one for he loves her but she is to shy, "Let us roll all our strength and all Our sweetness, up into one ball: And tear our pleasures with rough strife, Thorough the iron gates of life." The writer uses many metaphors, "And now, like amorous birds of prey." In this poem, the writer uses rhyming couplets, which is continuous throughout the poem. This poem is set out like 'The Beggar Women', in rhyming couplets. This poem has a thesis, if, antithesis, but, and synthesis which is so. For the thesis he uses flattery on the women he is talking to. What he says a lot of is what would and should happen. For the antithesis he uses cruelty, and in a way he is saying, after the if, (if we don't do this) this will happen. In the synthesis he uses persuasion. He is now trying his best to win her over. The man in this poem is trying to persuade a woman to go to bed with him and pressuring her hoping that she will. He uses flattery to make her feel special and by telling her he loves her he thinks she will agree and he then uses cruelty to make her feel guilty, when all he wants to do is have sex with her. ...read more.

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