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With Particular focus on content, language and structure examining the similarities and differences that exist between Love's Farewell by Michael Drayton and the Chilterns by Rupert Brooke.

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With Particular focus on content, language and structure examining the similarities and differences that exist between Love's Farewell by Michael Drayton and the Chilterns by Rupert Brooke. "Love's Farewell" is a Shakespearean sonnet, written by Michael Drayton. It describes a relationship between a man and a woman. The man in the poem is bringing the relationship to an end. Michael Drayton came to prominence in the Elizabethan era. In the Elizabethan era there was a trend of following Shakespeare's way of writing because it pleased the Queen. Michael Drayton wrote "Loves Farewell" in 1619. The poem starts with a bitter tone and this suggests that it is not a friendly end to a relationship. The mood changes in the poem and at the end there is a gentle and positive feeling to it, suggesting the relationship might recover. The words and the language used in Drayton's poem reflects how he was feeling at the time. We have no information about Drayton's love life but from what we can gather he had quite a well known love. "The Chilterns" is a ballad, written by Rupert Brooke. This poem also describes a relationship between a man and a woman coming to an end. The mood also changes during this poem. At the beginning of the poem there is a positive mood. The man in the relationship is bringing it to an end because he believes that life experience is more important to him than relationships. ...read more.

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We can tell Brooke uses ballad form because there are a lot of similarly sized short verses and there is no strict rhythm. In the five middle verses of the ballad, the first and third and the second, fourth and fifth lines rhyme. He has chosen this rhythm because he has a sense of freedom in the poem. The title "The Chilterns" explains this. As I have also mentioned previously in this essay, Brooke has had three past relationships. Brooke feels more mature and experienced as a result of this. This may also have influenced Brooke into choosing to write in this form of poetry. He also chooses this form because he does not want to be strict with his emotions. Although Brooke uses a ballad, there is still a rhyme scheme but it is not as noticeable as Drayton's. Drayton uses a strict form of writing, as I have previously mentioned. Drayton also keeps his emotions under control by using descriptive writing. Drayton uses imagery, the main form of imagery he uses is personification. Drayton personifies Love in the poem by giving it human characteristics. The lines "Last gasp of Love's latest breath" shows us this. The quote shows us that the Love is dying. When he says "when all have give him over" this shows us that Drayton has personified Love as a dying man. ...read more.

Conclusion

The final noticeable difference between the two poems is the message the poets are trying to tell us in their writing. Drayton's message is do not give up with a relationship and Brooke's message is that there are more important things in life than romantic relationships. After close analysis of the two poems I have concluded that the two poems are about romantic relationships where the male is ending it. Drayton chose to write his poem in sonnet form and Brooke in Ballad form. The main difference in the content is that Drayton is passionate about his love and writing. On the other hand Brooke chose a more relaxed form because he feels in control of his feelings. Despite the similararities in the content both writers have chose to write in a different form. As a result of this Drayton's form of writing, the Shakespearean sonnet is far more restricted and follows a strict rhythm and rhyme scheme. On the other hand Brooke's poem is far less restricted, but he reveals less emotion. The main similararity is that both writers find out their love means more to them than they have actually made out. Drayton shows this in the rhyming couplet and Brooke shows this by using positive language when describing his lover. However the language both writers use is very different. Drayton relies on personification to get us engaged with his writing whilst Brooke uses descriptive writing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Lloyd Set 1 ...read more.

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