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Write about three poems you have studied on the theme of love. Compare and contrast how the poets treat this theme and discuss your reactions to each poem.

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Poetry Essay Joel Robinson, Mr Simpson Write about three poems you have studied on the theme of love. Compare and contrast how the poets treat this theme and discuss your reactions to each poem. You should explore the attitude each poet takes to the relationship described in the poem, what each poet feels about the relationships future and how the writer in each case uses language to direct the readers response to the poem. Love is one of the most popular poetic themes. It is an intensely personal theme and can be approached in a great variety of ways. It is a theme affected by times. Many people believe that the true definition of love is found in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 quotes, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Although many people believe this is the true definition of love it is not that relevant to me as I am dealing exclusively with romantic love in these poems. In three poems I have studied the theme of love has been approached in various ways with the poets taking different attitudes to the relationships described in each poem. ...read more.


This poem is circular as it begins and ends with friends. It is of a slower pace compared to the other two poems. The poet takes a reflective mood/attitude on this theme and uses good language to portray it. Her implied message is that each person is ultimately alone and selfish. She expects to be emotionally damaged by the inevitable hurt and jealousy. In the end she is prepared to settle for friendship rather than true love. How Do I Love Thee? is an older poem compared to the Thickness Of Ice. It was written in the 1800's by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It is a formal poem as it was written in older times. The poet takes a positive look on the theme of love and there is a positive assertion of passion and enthusiasm. Her attitude is excited, exuberant, and extravagant towards the love described in the poem. At the beginning of the poem the style is conversational, the question is answered and there is a sense of situation which is upheld. There is lightness in this poem compared to the Thickness Of Ice because each is confident in the love of one another. It is a very sincere poem as it is about love and her love for him. In the first part of the poem she speaks of their love as something elevated and important. ...read more.


This at first glance may convey John Clare as shallow as he falls in love by appearance, but he is simply deeply impacted by this initial encounter with the woman he loves. The second aspect of love is unrequited love. This is where he loves her but she does not love him. He has a deep passion and infatuation with this woman and she doesn't even know of his existence. This poem is a good description of falling in love. It describes in detail the physical and emotional effects of love on a person. John Clare's experience of falling in love is strange as the woman he had a passion for didn't even pay him the slightest bit of attention. This is how it is different from the other two poems as the other person wasn't feeling the same feelings. John Clare has been able to portray his feelings well by the words and language he has used in this poem. Looking at these three poems show how poets' attitudes to the theme of love can vary. My reactions to each poem varied. The Thickness Of Ice reflects disillusionment, How do I Love Thee shows how love can be elevated above everyday feelings and First Love showed how someone is able to fall deeply and passionately in love at first sight. Out of the three poems I can't decide on a favourite as they all deal with different equally valid aspects of love. ...read more.

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