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'With reference to three or more pre 1900 love poems consider the relationship of power to love'.

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'With reference to three or more pre 1900 love poems consider the relationship of power to love' The relationship between Love and Possession or power is a thin line and these poems it explores both sides of these poems and how they compare to each other and which is the stronger influence on the overall relationship of the two. A male influence often carries out power in romantic relationships during the Victorian era. And this is often the cause of possessiveness and violence that is seen in many Victorian poems to show how a man's 'love' for a woman can be destructive and can lead to an imbalance of power in a romantic relationship. However woman also carry the power of being the power of being doting and grateful to their husbands and making sure that their love is felt the most in the house. 'Porphyria's lover' is a poem about the relationship between a woman who is married and is having an affair with another. During one of her visits to her lover she is subsequently murdered. The poem is written as if the male is thinking out loud and explores his possessiveness and exposes some of the reasons why he had murdered her and whether he feels any remorse or feelings. Another poem that has similar feelings on the masculine view of the woman is 'My last duchess'. ...read more.


' In one long yellow string I wound three times around her little throat and strangled her' this is his ultimate form of dominance and control in the relationship in his mind. The deeply disturbing images are punctuated with diminutive words such as "little throat" and 'smiling rosy little head' make this all the more disturbing and graphic. The way that this last sections written suggests that the man who has committed this murder was not particularly mentally sound or had a particular issue with the roles of men and women in a romantic relationship. The man also believes that he has done the right thing to Porphyria. Because he explains himself on many occasions as if it was a normal thing to do ' I found a thing to do' this is before he murders her, ' I am quite sure she felt no pain' this is just after he has murdered her and ' and yet God has not said a word'. This suggests that if he had done something morally wrong God would have intervened and somehow stopped it or punished him for his actions The relationships between knowing what is right and wrong also seem to be blurred in 'my last duchess' to the duke murder is also the ultimate form of control and possession a relationship. The language used to describe his late wife is often controlling and severe. ...read more.


But the idea of love in 'Remember' is selfless and hopelessly romantic this kind of love is also found in another poem ' a woman to her lover' this is almost anti power relinquishing them selves and being submissive in their love for the partner. We find that women in fact write the two poems that show anti power. Who are writing passionately about their spouses. The darker and possessive poems are fin fact written by the same man. This could possibly show what men thought of women who had tried to take a more active role in their relationships. This shows that the idea of love for women is to relinquish and withdraw from power and to be submissive to their partners. The idea for men is to regain a keep control of their wives and lovers and to keep them 'in check' if they were to try and take over too much control in the relationship. Separately they are completely contradictory to each other but when put together, the conclusions seem to fit perfectly into what was considered of a man and woman in that era. It shows poems such as 'Porphyria's lover' and 'My last Duchess' who this was enforce by putting extreme cases to scare women into behaving properly. Lucinda Batchelor D11 English Coursework 'With reference to three or more pre 1900 love poems consider the relationship of power to love' Mrs Lee ...read more.

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