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When we two parted is a poem, with a theme about loss, which was written by Lord Byron.

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When we two parted is a poem, with a theme about loss, which was written by Lord Byron. The first verse suggests to us that even though he and his partner have parted, he is still feeling sorry for himself 'truly that hour foretold sorrow to this.' 'thy vows are all broken,' 'And light is thy fame:' which implies she broke their relationship and she was fickle, but Byron is grief stricken 'half broken-hearted' and 'silence and tears' and he regrets that their relationship was not as special as he believed it to be. 'share in its shame' it was thought of lightly by her. Byron portrays the feeling of loss, but we get the impression that their relationship was not that great anyway. In the third verse he starts to question himself whether it was really love 'why wert thou so dear?' the last verse reflects how angry and betrayed he felt 'thy spirit deceive' Another theme is celebration, the birthday by Christina Rossetti is about celebrating her religion, Christina Rossetti is referring to her love for God 'my heart is gladder than all these, Because my love is come to me.' ...read more.

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He repeats a lot of words like sweet and pale. Each verse shows a progression of time; in the second verse John Clare uses slightly irregular metaphor punctuation, which reflects the irregular emotions and the state of mind he is in. In the last verse, he describes his first love very positively, 'I never saw so sweet a face' the image adds to the feeling of love, romance and adoration. In this poem, John is comparing her to nature 'sweet flower' John's use of language is constantly using similes to describe his feelings and thoughts. Someone with the same name, John Keats wrote La belle dames sans merci, the fact that the title is in French gives us a sense of romance. A la belle dame sans merci means the beautiful lady without pity. The first two verses are just setting the scene, then in the third verse the story begins 'and on thy cheeks a fading rose' which sounds like someone is dying but not necersalily for real, 'a faery's child' reinforces the idea that it is a fantasy. ...read more.

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stereotype of women as a sex object, finally the forth stanza has language of equality and contains abstract imagery to present real love. 'we shall have the music of the spheres for bridal march.' However, first love has three regular stanzas and strong regular rhythm and rhyme makes the poem seem like a song. This simple structure contrasts with his irregular emotions, perhaps the verse is constrained by the rhythm in the same way that he is constrained by the formal social setting in which he meets her, 'I could not see a single thing, words from my eyes did start:' or maybe the simple form suggests something simple about the power of love. Love, loss and death is such a universal theme as: everyone loves, everyone loses and everyone dies. Each poem has their own individual story behind them and the message that we can see is very effective, I felt Remember by Christina Rossetti was a very moving poem and I believe it covered all the themes of love 'you tell me of our future' loss 'you can no more hold me by the hand' and death 'if darkness and corruption leave.' ...read more.

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