• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

We have studied the greatest love poems ever written by men and women. These poets have used poems to emphasise their feelings and experiences of love and relationship.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

We have studied the greatest love poems ever written by men and women. These poets have used poems to emphasise their feelings and experiences of love and relationship. From these love poems written by famous poets, we find out that love is a complex subject matter and different poets intend to illustrate the aspects of love in their poems. These aspects are categorised into three different sections: firstly we see the joy of love; secondly the sexual desires of love and finally the pain of love. All of these aspects of love come from different periods of time. This era includes: William Shakespeare-16th Century; Donne and Marvell-17th Century; Byron, Wordsworth and Clare-19th Century: time of the romantic poets, Barrett Browning and Rossetti-late 19th Century: time of the Victorian poets. The following essay will express how these poets deal with the aspects of love and what we learn about different aspects of love from poetry spanning a period of several hundred years. "Sonnet 18", written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). He was an English playwright and a poet, recognised in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists. Scholars have written thousands of books and articles about his plots, characters, themes and language. He is the most widely quoted author in history, and his plays have probably been performed more times than those of any other dramatist. Shakespeare was also known for his plays and his sonnets are still among the world's best-loved poems. All sonnets have fourteen lines. ...read more.

Middle

This portrays, that if she's going to make the poet wait too long, then she would die and her beauty will be wasted all for nothing. Fourthly, he gives offers and solutions. "Let us roll our strength and all, our sweetness up into one ball," this suggests that they should seize the moment now and the imperative "let us" is also used to persuade his girlfriend. Finally, he uses pronouns. "Thus, though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run." Marvel uses pronouns such as "we" and "our" to make it sound as if they are united against time and this quote proves that he won't let time take advantage. There are many comparisons between "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Flea" by John Donne (1572-1631). Donne's poems reveal the same characteristics that typifies the work of the metaphysical poets: dazzling word play, often explicitly sexual; paradox; subtle argumentation; surprising contrasts; intricate psychological analysis; and striking imagery. Marvell and Donne both try to persuade their partners to give into their desires. Marvell uses flattery to persuade his girlfriend while Donne uses a flea to emphasis that their blood is together in the flea so why can't they be together. "It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And is this flea our two bloods mingled be." Marvell kept on commenting on his lover's appearance but Donne kept on talking about the flea. The most effective poem was "To His Coy Mistress." I believe this because in "The Flea," the poet's partner got infuriated because the poet never stopped talking about the flea so she ends up killing the flea. ...read more.

Conclusion

"When Lucy ceased to be." In "The Lost Love" the use of the lament "oh" illustrates that his emotions have taken over. This poem was taken from lyrical ballads, which was the most important work in the Romantic period. Form John Clare's "First Love" and William Wordsworth's poem "The lost Love." I have learnt that when love isn't returned or you lose a loved one; will have an awful effect on a person's life. I have also learnt that Romanticism was very important in these two poet's lives as this illustrated the emotional and dramatic aspect of love. In conclusion I have learnt from reading poetry spanning a period of several hundred years that people can emphasise their love by comparing it to positive and personal things and also believing that your love will last forever even after death will signify the trust and love that two people shared. In addition I have learnt you can use persuasive devices to convince your partner to give into your desires and also the loss of a loved one or the disappointment of love when it isn't returned can have a profound effect on a person's well being mentally and physically, this was expressed through the emotional and dramatic Romantic poems. To summarise, I have learnt that love can lead to happiness, where there is trust, love and care between two people to the sexual stress, where you want your partner to give into the sexual side of love to the end or loss of love, where someone you love dearly dies or the person you love doesn't feel the same way about you and your love isn't returned. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    "My Last Duchess" and "To His Coy Mistress" Compare the presentation of the men ...

    4 star(s)

    We also see the Duke's self-control slip and his real self as a possessive person is partially revealed. We see the speaker's respect for the woman's body rather then her individuality when he says, "My vegetable love should grow." This phallic symbol shows us that he is just talking to her because he wants to have sex with her.

  2. How do the Poets Portray the Theme of Love in the Poems you have ...

    'Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summers lease hath all too short a date:' The extract above contains a rhythmic structure of ABAB, which is very similar to the rhythmic structure

  1. In conclusion, the poems which I have studied describe a range of emotions from ...

    iambic metre and this gives the poem a regular pace and rhythm. Sonnets are written in rhythm with the heart and this adds to the overall message of the poem - the fact that faith is important. This fact also represents the seriousness of the love between the poet and God as the heart symbolizes love.

  2. Love is best! (Love Among the Ruins) Does Browning persuade you that this is ...

    This helps the reader to identify with the theme of love and happiness in the poem. During the 14 stanzas, Browning seems to alternate between the two settings of country and city, which also helps to create a contrast between how love is so beautiful (country and freedom)

  1. Compare the ways poets have written about love, bringing out different aspects of the ...

    laid eyes upon her 'faery' like face; "I met a lady in the meads, full beautiful - a faery's child." The lateral translation of the poems title 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' can be translated as: The Beautiful Lady without Thank-you.

  2. Romantic Poets - How did the social upheaval of the french revolution influence the ...

    Once again the poet uses nature to show this. It seems this was the turning point in the revolution, where although the aristocracy was defeated, a democracy was not won and through all the violence France was affected in a negative way. Coleridge refers to this by writing "When France her front deep-scarred and gory" this also shows how

  1. I have been analysing several poems recently they are: When We Two Parted by ...

    It adds a dramatic feel towards the woman's feelings for the man. Remember by Christina Rossetti is the fourth poem I shall examine. The poem is a loving, yet sad, request. How Rossetti resolves the conflict she presents in the poem reflects the way she handled similar dilemmas in her own life.

  2. Love and Loss

    The tone of "How Do I Love Thee?" is that of a cheerful tone and that I think the poet is saying the message of the story is that a person can be loved in many ways and that love is a very intense.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work