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Three poems that are somehow associated with time are: 'Porphyria's Lover', 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Amen'. These poems all explain and explore time in different ways, time passing, time standing still and so on.

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Choose 3 poems that use the subject of time and explain how and why. Three poems that are somehow associated with time are: 'Porphyria's Lover', 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Amen'. These poems all explain and explore time in different ways, time passing, time standing still and so on. The main theme of 'Porphyria's Lover' is about the wish of one man for time to stand still, that is for things to remain the same. The man achieves this in a very unique way by killing, the one he wishes not to change. In the diseased mind of the man, making the world stop, and indeed this woman could be said to metaphorically "be his world" in the sense that she is the only thing he cares and thinks about, is a way to make sure that she never stops loving him. When the speaker says, "That moment she was mine, mine, perfectly pure and good", this is suggesting his possessive attitude. His intense desire for her to always love him is the reason for him to want time to stand still. ...read more.

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The word desert suggests infertility and lifelessness, the future that time brings on in undesirable, unattractive and empty. Therefore, the reason of the man's argument is not to waste time, and take advantage of it while they are still young. Time as a changer is the theme that stretches throughout this poem, as it did in 'Porphyria's Lover'. If this man is to convince his mistress to have sex with him, then he has to make the future appear unattractive. When he says "And at my back I always hear time's winged chariot hurrying near", at the start of the second stanza, he wants to create and image of a force inexorably moving closer to them, and with every inch, the bleak, lifeless future seems hopeless. It also says that time is always at your back, that is you can never escape from it, it will always be looming over you like. "Hurrying" tries to demonstrate that this is happening very quickly, as does the image of a chariot, time passes more quickly than you think. One of the main reasons this woman does not want to lose her virginity is her honour. ...read more.

Conclusion

This theme most expresses itself when the words "Lives are finished; time diminished", are presented. The image of death as a consequence of time shows us that the writer is not always so keen for time to pass. And the words "time diminished", suggest that the life of everything is existence is shortened, time itself is drawing to a close. This can be interpreted in two ways, either that the world free of time will be good, for example no death or termination of anything. Or that without time nothing can exist, as without time there is no sustenance or particular nature to anything. More distressing material is created with the line "Was the fallow field left unsown?" This refers to the many missed opportunities in the past, that are now closed forever due to the passing of time changing everything that made these opportunities possible. The poem finishes on a more hopeful and reassuring mote however, beginning in the third line of the last verse: "Spring shall bloom where now the ice is". This explains that the ever changing time can change things for the better, in this case the passing for cold, barren winter, to the fertile, youthful spring. Time, then can not only destroy and terminate, it can also create and revitalize. ...read more.

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