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These poems portray love in different ways, discuss - Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare - Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - The Flea by John Donne

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Mustafa Rafik 11.7 These poems portray love in different ways; Discuss When I first started this unit on 'love' I thought it was going to be dreary as love poems are not a category, which interest me, and I don't take pleasure in doing work like this, as it can be embarrassing. 'Love' is about caring and liking someone; like a boyfriend would care for his girlfriend and a mother would care for her son. Love is associated with phrases like, 'I love you' and 'I'll love you till I die', it also portrays images such as two people holding hands in public and kissing. Love is also about being hurt and going through difficulties. Inside my faith we aren't allowed to kiss in public as it is considered embarrassing and appalling. In my religion (Islam) it is best if you stay a virgin until you get married. To have poetry, even in valentine cards is not something to be encouraged. From the six poems, which I read I chose to analyse three of them, because they portray love in very different ways, the three that I chose were: - 1) ...read more.


Let me count the ways." She is indicating that there are lots of different types of love and she feels all of the! She uses a lot of hyperbole, as she loves him even further than her senses can reach, "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace." This is boasting but can be a romantic gesture, as she loves him immersely. She uses a lot of phrases that exaggerate saying how much she loves him, like she loves him like her everyday quiet needs, in other words she can't live without him, as she can't live without breathing, "I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight." She also says that her love is totally free of everything, this line again is boasting, "I love thee purely, as they turn from praise;" This is a very romantic poem as this poem is optimistic about her lover unlike Shakespeare's sonnet, which is very negative but truthful. She must have treasured her husband a lot and had a lot of courage to write like this as she uses phrases like, ".... ...read more.


It is a clever argument but not at all loving. This portrays love in a sexual way that love is only about sex and all he wants is sex with a girl who he tries to persuade to sleep with him. All three poems rhyme but they have different patterns. The two sonnets have different patterns; Barrett Browning's has two patterns, which are abab cdcd efef g, and abba abba cdcdcd, which is the rhyming pattern if you include Para rhymes. However Shakespeare's sonnet is abab cdcd efef g. As you can tell from these poems there is a major similarity between these poems, which are that both males write involving humour and the Barrett browning writes very seriously using very romantic words, this must be because she was on her deathbed and wanted to give her final thoughts of her lover before she dies. The poem I would like to receive is obviously Barrett Browning's poem as it boasts about you in a very positive way and it is also romantic which I am sure everyone would be pleased to receive, unlike Shakespeare's and Donne's, which I wouldn't like to receive because it puts you down although Shakespeare is telling the truth. I like 'The Flea' the most because it is very cleverly thought out and it can be quite amusing and funny. ...read more.

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