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Using 'A birthday' and 'Rememeber', show how the theme of love effects ones emotions.

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Using 'A birthday' and 'Rememeber', show how the theme of love effects ones emotions Both poems are from the romantic poetry section. Romantic poetry usually focuses on the idealistic look at love. Both a birthday and remember are written by Christina Rossetti. This particular poet usually writes about death or religion in her poetry, sometimes both. In Remember the theme of love is shown by her wanting her partner to remember her and wanting him to think about the times he was describing his and her future together. However, this all changes in the second half of this poem. She realises that she loves him and therefore doesn't want him to be unhappy so she takes back everything she had said and tells him to forget her and be happy rather than to remember her and be sad. Remember also has a trace of religion in it. We understand this when she says 'it would be too late to counsel then or pray'. ...read more.

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However, in A Birthday, this is not quite the case. This poem is happy, pleasant and celebrative from the first line. This poem is also split into two stanzas and repetition is used to emphasis the fact that her heart is so happy and trumphant that her love has come to her. Throughout the poem there is different imagery. This includes beauty which links to the nature she is describing, flamboyant birds which are the 'peacocks with a hundred eyes' and there is also a feeling of idealistic images of love throughout the lines. The writer uses many exotic words to describe the beauty and precious value of the love she is feeling. These words include such phrases as fleur-de-lys, dais and vair. The usage of these words also shows that the author may have been of a higher status in society at the time she was alive. This poem seems almost too idealistic when it comes to generalising the way she describes her love. ...read more.

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the phrase the way she has to indicate that her love has somehow re-grown or has been 'born' to her and it is something that now belongs to her and she owns it forever. Another interpretation of this could be that she is dedicated to him now that she has him and will do whatever is requiered to stay with him throughout eternity. The poem is very smooth sailing and quite understandable. The writer doesn't use complicated words but she uses them in an extremely clever thought out way to make the poem sound like it has a certain twist in it. This makes the reader think about what the poem means and instead of empathysing with her she would prefer the reader to sympathyse with her and feel happy and warm whilst reading the poem. Unlike many of her other poems, A Birthday is not about death but is infact about birth. A Birthday is a happy and passionate poem full of luxurious objects of interest to many which describes the successful feeling of true love. ...read more.

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